The decision to place a memory-impaired loved one in a dementia care facility can be emotionally challenging for families with many factors to consider. The purpose of this study was to explore the stress and coping of caregivers after the facility placement of their family member. Data were collected through 15 in-depth interviews with caregivers who were within the first 6 months of having moved their love one to this type of facility. Results suggested that dementia caregivers experienced high levels of burden due to the disease-related behaviors of their loved one coupled with the emotionally-laden experience of seeing a loved one move to a care facility. Over half of the participants reported a lack of emotional support from service providers during the relocation period, yet all participants reported the Alzheimer's Association as being the most supportive social service agency. Implications for social work practice and future research directions are discussed.
|Commitee:||Potts, Marilyn k., Ranney, Molly|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Social Work, School of|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 55/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Alzheimer's disease, Dementia caregivers, Long-term care placement|
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