Neville, Christine C. and Byrne, Gerard J. A. (2006) The impact of residential respite care on the behavior of older people. International Psychogeriatrics, 18 (1). pp. 163-170. ISSN 1041-6102
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Background: The aim of this study was to examine the impact of residential respite care on disruptive behavior displayed by older people, particularly those with dementia.
Methods: A quasi-experimental, repeated measures, single group design was employed. The participants were a consecutive series of 100 older people with a mean age of 81.8 years (range 66 – 96 years) who had been booked for a respite admission to one of several residential aged care facilities in a provincial Australian city. A diagnosis of dementia was reported for 29% of the sample. Disruptive behaviors were rated before and after the period of respite by home caregivers (N=100) and during the period of respite by nurses (N=25) using the Dementia Behavior Disturbance Scale (DBDS).
Results: Age, male gender and the presence of dementia were all significantly related to the frequency of reported disruptive behaviors. Residential respite care was associated with a significant reduction in the frequency of reported disruptive behaviors in older people (Wald statistic = 28.28, p < 0.0001). However, this improvement in behavior did not persist into the post-respite period. The deteriorating behavioral trajectory that was evident prior to respite care continued following the period of respite care.
Conclusions: Residential respite care was associated with a temporary diminution in the frequency of reported disruptive behaviors in older people. This finding should be reassuring both for those family carers considering placing a loved one in residential respite care and for those health workers considering whether to recommend such a course of action.
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|Item Type:||Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)|
|Item Status:||Live Archive|
|Faculty / Department / School:||Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Nursing|
|Date Deposited:||11 Oct 2007 00:41|
|Last Modified:||02 Jul 2013 22:37|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||aged; dementia; nursing home; behaviour; dementia behaviour disturbance scale; nursing research|
|Fields of Research :||11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110308 Geriatrics and Gerontology
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111005 Mental Health Nursing
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111001 Aged Care Nursing
|Socio-Economic Objective:||C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920401 Behaviour and Health|
|Identification Number or DOI:||doi: 10.1017/S1041610205002553|
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