Caregiver perspectives on safety in home dementia care

West J Nurs Res. 2007 Dec;29(8):993-1014. doi: 10.1177/0193945907303098. Epub 2007 Jul 13.


Home safety is a significant problem for caregivers of people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. This focus group study is designed to gain insight into caregivers' experiences of managing safety issues and to explore application of the transtheoretical model of health behavior change (TTM) to this problem, toward development of interventions to improve safety care. Caregivers identified safety problems and management strategies, as well as barriers and factors facilitating management, that can help guide the development of interventions. Caregivers described different stages of adopting actions to prevent accidents and injuries consistent with the TTM. The TTM warrants further study for understanding how to help caregivers make changes to promote safe care.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Home / prevention & control
  • Accidents, Home / psychology
  • Activities of Daily Living / psychology
  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Caregivers / education
  • Caregivers / psychology*
  • Cost of Illness
  • Dementia / prevention & control*
  • Family / psychology*
  • Female
  • Focus Groups
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Home Nursing / education
  • Home Nursing / methods
  • Home Nursing / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Models, Psychological
  • Needs Assessment
  • Nursing Methodology Research
  • Safety Management / methods*
  • Social Support
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Washington