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Scholars Day 2008, Wednesday, April 9

Consumer Directed Health Care: An Evidence Based Perspective

Caregiver burden has been well documented within the literature with particular attention paid to the unique needs of caregivers and their loved ones with Alzheimer’s Disease and other related dementias. Home health care services can provide respite for the informal caregiver, nursing services within the comfort of home, and assistance with personal care needs. Case study examines a caregiver/care receiver dyad seeking home health services for the care receiver diagnosed with Alzheimer’s type dementia. Traditional home care services failed to meet the needs of the dyad due to staff turnover, scheduling difficulties, and rurality. Consumer directed care allows the client to interview, hire, monitor, and fire their own staff. What is the effectiveness of this program when used with informal caregivers for people with dementia residing in the community? Review of the literature found caregivers utilizing consumer directed services reported better physical, emotional and financial well-being than the control group receiving traditional services.

Presenter: Juliana Mack (Graduate Student)
Topic: Social Work
Location: 316 MetroCenter
Time: 6:35 pm (Session VI)