1. Expert Q&A: Benefits - Weds 23 October, 3-4pm

    Our next expert Q&A will be on the topic of benefits. It will be hosted by Lauren from our Knowledge Services team. She'll be answering your questions on Wednesday 23 October between 3-4pm.

    You can either post your question >here< or email them to us at talkingpoint@alzheimers.org.uk and we'll be happy to ask them on your behalf.

  1. KevinB

    KevinB Registered User

    Dec 16, 2005
    11
    Nottingham/Leicester
    I was recently browsing some research papers and came across an interesting review of the literature on respite care. This was a Cochrane Review paper that you can read a summary at:
    http://www.cochrane.org/cochrane/revabstr/AB004396.htm

    The authors concluded that: Current evidence does not demonstrate any benefits or adverse effects from the use of respite care for people with dementia or their caregivers. These results should be treated with caution, however, as they may reflect the lack of high quality research in this area rather than an actual lack of benefit.

    I was wondering what people thought about this. Do you use respite care and do you think it helps you? Strangely, respite care seems to be one of the first things Health and Social Services seem to think of when intervening. If it doesn't help, what kind of support does?

    Kind regards
    Kevin


    P.S. For those of you who may not know, the Cochrane Collaboration is an international, non-profit organisation that produces and disseminates systematic reviews of evidence-based healthcare. A list of the updated reviews for the Cochrane dementia and cognitive improvement group is at:
    http://www.cochrane.org/cochrane/revabstr/DEMENTIAAbstractIndex.htm
     
  2. Berni

    Berni Registered User

    Sep 16, 2003
    2
    Birmingham
    evidence of support to carers..

    Hello Kevin

    Just in response to your message,I believe there has been some research done to show that educational initiatives to carers and family members has been shown to lessen carers stress and reduce admission to care homes.I think if you look up the work of Mittleman(1996),Gresham(1989) and Brodaty (1997) it may be helpful?

    Regards
    Berni
     
  3. barny

    barny Registered User

    Jan 20, 2006
    199
    Herts
    respite

    My mother who has AD lives with us and I am her main carer. I work and have young children so have to spread myself thinly sometimes. We had not had a holiday together as a family for 5 years so last summer, with some trepidation I arranged for mum to go into a care home for a weeks care. It was very successfull
    mum was well looked after and we had a lovely holiday. I will certainly do it again as it benefitted the whole family.
     
  4. connie

    connie Registered User

    Mar 7, 2004
    9,519
    Frinton-on-Sea
    Barny, welcome to TP.
    Respite : does it work. It certainly can, and has done so for me with Lionel for the past 3 years.
    However, no two people are alike, so results can vary. I have known carers who have felt so guilty at using respite that it has been no help at all. Equally some of our loved ones have not responded very well to same, and so has an adverse effect.

    You just have to try things out for your own circumstances. Connie
     

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