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, 42 (4), 497-506

Burden Among Family Caregivers of Persons With Alzheimer's Disease in Nursing Homes

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Burden Among Family Caregivers of Persons With Alzheimer's Disease in Nursing Homes

Jane B Tornatore et al. Gerontologist.

Abstract

Purpose: This article examines family caregiver burden after placement of a relative with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia in a nursing home.

Design and methods: A systems-oriented contextual approach was used to study burden in 276 family caregivers.

Results: SAS PROC MIXED analysis showed burden to be associated with caregiver age, length of time involved in caregiving, custodial units, involvement in hands-on care, and expectations for care.

Implications: The findings suggest that more services aimed at relieving caregiver burden after nursing home placement may be warranted, particularly so for caregivers who are older and for those who had a shorter length of involvement in direct caregiving before institutionalization.

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