Impact of a multicomponent support services program on informal caregivers of adults aging with disabilities

Sherri L. LaVela, Brenda W. Johnson, Scott Miskevics, Frances M. Weaver

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Abstract

A multicomponent support services program was implemented for veterans aging with disabilities and their informal caregivers (n = 42 dyads). Caregiver outcomes (satisfaction, physical and mental health status, burden, and benefits) were evaluated before and after program use. Caregivers reported significant improvements in mental health post-program. Caregivers who provided care to individuals with impaired physical health experienced meaningful improvements in burden after the support services were rendered. Supporting caregiver health status through such programs is vital to preserve noninstitutional long-term care for persons aging with disabilities, particularly when care is provided over many years to an individual with physical impairments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)160-174
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Gerontological Social Work
Volume55
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2012

Keywords

  • Caregiving
  • Chronic illness
  • Long-term care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)

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