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Type: Journal article
Title: Respite services for older people
Author: Evans, D.
Lee, E.
Citation: International Journal of Nursing Practice, 2013; 19(4):431-436
Publisher: Wiley
Issue Date: 2013
ISSN: 1322-7114
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David Evans and Emmanuel Lee
Abstract: Respite is an important strategy for supporting family carers and care recipients. However, it is a complex intervention and the term 'respite' is often used as a generic descriptor for a diverse service. The aim of this study was to explore the characteristics of respite services for older people in South Australia. A 32 item questionnaire that was developed from the literature was distributed to coordinators of respite services for older people. The findings show that respite is most often a pre-planned service offered to clients for a week or more. It encompasses many different types; the most common was residential care facility overnight respite. Although there is flexibility in the service, there is a scope to increase the choices that are available to carers and care recipients.
Keywords: aged; caregivers; nursing; respite care
Rights: © 2013 Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.
DOI: 10.1111/ijn.12096
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