|Research Centre||DCRC Carers and Consumers|
A little studied care setting for people with dementia is day respite. In Australia, day respite services feature as government-funded care-package choices for people with dementia living in the community. However, they are largely unregulated; no dementia-relevant benchmarks exist for staff skills, training, activities, or quality of care and physical environment, leaving consumers to locate, assess and compare services themselves. To date, Australian respite research has focused on consumers’ subjective service experiences/needs, rather than on the experiences of providers or the objective direct investigation of potentially suboptimal care. Our project uses both applied research and knowledge translation lenses to fill these gaps by:
We take the view that day respite providers want to deliver the best care possible, but may lack the relevant dementia-specific attitudes, knowledge, skills, tools and training to be able to do so. This study will provide an essential tool for services to move towards optimal care and providing “a good day out” every day.
We are currently conducting carer surveys. If you, or someone you know, would like to participate, visit our LINK database for more information: