APH 2004, 62, 157-172:
The burden of family care giving in dementia.
B. Schoenmakers, J. De Lepeleire, M. Ylieff, O. Fontaine, F. Buntinx
Keywords: dementia, caregiver, stress, depression, workload
Objectives: This paper reports the results of a descriptive field study
in community dwelling elderly and their family caregivers.
Methods: As part of a larger field study research was done on the
impact on the family caregiver of caring for a community dwelling
demented elderly. A sample of caregivers was selected based upon the
features of their care needing relative. The information was gathered
using validated psychometric instruments. The results were analysed
using bivariate models.
Results: Taking care of a community dwelling demented elderly
reveals higher depression rates and feelings of burden in the family
caregiver when compared with colleagues taking care of non demented
relatives. An inadequate coping system in the caregiver and behavioral
disturbances in the demented are strongly predictive for the negative
impact of the homecare.
Conclusion: Caregivers of a community dwelling elderly are to be
supported in their task in order to lower the psychosocial impact of the