Patterns of family caregiving and support provided to older psychiatric patients in long-term care

Psychiatr Serv. 1999 Sep;50(9):1222-4. doi: 10.1176/ps.50.9.1222.


Data on patterns of relationships and caregiving between older, institutionalized chronically mentally ill patients and their families were gathered in brief face-to-face interviews with 109 patients randomly selected from residents age 45 or older in a large intermediate care facility in Chicago. Three-fourths of the sample maintained some form of family contact. One-third had been married or had children. Siblings were the most frequently identified family contact and support. The results suggests that older, institutionalized psychiatric patients continue to have family contact and that siblings and offspring become increasingly important as patients age.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Caregivers*
  • Family*
  • Female
  • Health Services for the Aged / organization & administration*
  • Health Services for the Aged / standards*
  • Humans
  • Institutionalization
  • Long-Term Care*
  • Male
  • Mental Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Mental Health Services / standards*
  • Middle Aged
  • Social Support*
  • United States