Why caregivers of people with dementia and memory loss don't use services Brodaty, Henry en_US Thomson, Cathy en_US Thompson, Claire en_US Fine, Michael en_US 2021-11-25T13:43:46Z 2021-11-25T13:43:46Z 2005 en_US
dc.description.abstract OBJECTIVES: To develop a typography of the characteristics of caregivers of community dwelling people with dementia or memory loss who do not use services and empirically investigate the reasons for service non-use. METHOD: The findings of a literature review were used to develop a typography of caregivers' non-use of services. This typography was applied to a sample of community-based caregivers. RESULTS: One in three caregivers were using no services and one in four only one service. Despite considerable proportions reporting low levels of life satisfaction and high levels of overload and resentment the main reasons caregivers gave for not using services were that they did not consider they needed the services. Other reasons for service non-use included care recipient reluctance to use services, lack of knowledge of services or being in the process of applying for services. Service availability or affordability were not identified as major impediments to service use. Presence of a physical disability and contact with a social worker were associated with service use. CONCLUSIONS: Caregivers of people with dementia incur significant strain and have substantial need for a variety of services. Nevertheless many caregivers were not using support services, mainly because of perceived lack of need or lack of awareness. Better public promotion of services, destigmatising dementia and encouraging referrals from health professionals could help overcome the barriers to service use. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0885-6230 en_US
dc.language English
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.rights CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 en_US
dc.rights.uri en_US
dc.source Legacy MARC en_US
dc.subject.other Dementia en_US
dc.subject.other Caregiver en_US
dc.title Why caregivers of people with dementia and memory loss don't use services en_US
dc.type Journal Article en
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unsw.relation.faculty Medicine & Health
unsw.relation.faculty Arts Design & Architecture
unsw.relation.ispartofissue 6 en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofjournal International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofpagefrompageto 537-546 en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofvolume 20 en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Brodaty, Henry, Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Thomson, Cathy, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Thompson, Claire, Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Fine, Michael, Macquarie University en_US School of Psychiatry * Social Policy Research Centre *
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