Exploring the concept of respite
Article first published online: 15 NOV 2012
© 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Journal of Advanced Nursing
Volume 69, Issue 8, pages 1905–1915, August 2013
How to Cite
2012) Exploring the concept of respite. Journal of Advanced Nursing 69(8), 1905–1915. doi: 10.1111/jan.12044(
- Issue published online: 11 JUL 2013
- Article first published online: 15 NOV 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 6 OCT 2012
- conceptual model;
- family carers;
- older people;
To report an analysis of the concept of respite for older people.
Respite is an important support strategy for family carers of older people. However, there is considerable confusion in the literature about the nature, scope, and outcomes of respite services.
The data source for the concept analysis was a review of literature addressing respite for older people. There were no publication date restrictions for the review and literature was searched up to 2010.
Concept analysis that was informed by the work of Dubin and the operationalization of Dubin's work by Holton and Lowe.
A review of the literature was undertaken to better understand the nature of respite for older people. The review investigated the views of respite from the perspective of the service provider, family carer, and care-recipient. A conceptual model of respite was developed using a four-step approach: gaining an understanding of the phenomenon; identifying and retrieving relevant studies; analysing the construct; and developing the conceptual model.
The conceptual model that emerged from this process consisted of three attributes, Partnership, Service, and Respite. The attribute of Partnership concerned the relationship between the service provider, carer and care-recipient. The attribute of Service concerned what the provider offered and focused on two important areas, assistance and engagement. The attribute of Respite concerned the outcomes that the family carer and care-recipient gained from respite and focused on freedom, support, and connection.
The conceptual model provides a framework to assist in the development of respite services.