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Respite Care in Dementia: Consumer and Provider Perspectives

Prof Elizabeth Beattie, Ms Meredith Gresham, Dr Elaine Fielding, Dr Maria O'Reilly
Research Centre DCRC Carers and Consumers
Partner Institution Queensland University of Technology, Hammond Care Group, Alzheimer's Australia
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Respite is a key service to assist people living with dementia to remain living at home. Despite this there are varying levels of satisfaction with, and utilization of, respite reported by consumers and service providers. This study will investigate the perceptions of both consumers and service providers around use or non-use of respite, outcomes of respite for both carers and the person with dementia and these consumers' overall experience of current respite offerings.


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A survey was conducted of over 300 carers of people with dementia. They were asked about their experiences and opinions of respite care. The responses to this survey provided information of great potential use to other carers. After reviewing the results of this national survey  the "Getting the most out of Respite Care' was produced.




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