Do 'social relief' admissions have any effect on patients or their care-givers?

Disabil Rehabil. 1995 Jul;17(5):247-51. doi: 10.3109/09638289509166642.


Dependent patients and their care-givers were studied before and 1 week after a social relief admission in order to assess the effects on physical and psychological problems. Data about care-givers stress and mental health were gathered, as well as patient data. Patients' self-care abilities improved slightly but care requirements remained constant. Care-giver stress levels did not change, but there was a highly significant improvement in their mental health. The results suggest that social relief admissions enabled care-givers to continue to look after very dependent people in the community.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Caregivers / psychology*
  • Chronic Disease / nursing*
  • Female
  • Home Nursing
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Health
  • Middle Aged
  • Respite Care*
  • Self Care
  • Social Adjustment
  • Social Support
  • Stress, Psychological / prevention & control*