Brotherhood of St Laurence

Dementia and the take-up of residential respite care /

By: Powierski, Andrew | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Contributor(s): Karmel, Rosemary | Peut, Ann | Anderson, Phil
Series: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare [AIHW]. BulletinPublisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2010Description: PDFISBN: 1742490085; 9781742490083ISSN: 1446-9820Other title: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare [AIHW]. BulletinSubject(s): Dementia Patients - Care | Respite Care | Caregivers Services For | Older People Residential Care | Carers | Service Provision | Programs | Aged Care Assessment Team (acat) | Australian Institute Of Health And Welfare (aihw) | Pathways In Aged Care (piac) | Retirement And AgeingOnline Resources: Electronic copy
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April 2010 Cat. no. AUS 124 Bibliography : p. 22-23

People caring for those with dementia have identified respite care as one of their critical care needs. Their low use of respite care, however, appears to belie this stated need. Evidence about respite use patterns for people with dementia and their carers has to date largely been based on small-scale studies and qualitative research. A recent systematic review of the literature on transitions in care of people with dementia found little that described common pathways and transitions between care types, including the use of respite care (Runge et al. 2009). This study aims to fill part of this evidence gap using nationally linked administrative data to quantify the extent to which residential respite care is taken up by those with and without dementia. The study is based on 32,000 members of the Pathways in Aged Care (PIAC) cohort who had an approval for residential respite care use from an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) in 2003?04.


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