Home-based caregiver training: Benefits differ by care receivers' dementia diagnosis

Li-Min Kuo, Huei Ling Huang, Wen Chuin Hsu, Yi Ting Wang, Yea Ing L Shyu

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Abstract

Patients with dementia differ in their behavioral and psychological symptoms according to their diagnosis with Alzheimer's disease (AD) or vascular dementia (VaD), requiring different symptom-management strategies. This study analyzed data from a sub-sample of a randomized clinical trial to determine the effects of a home-based training program on family caregivers of patients with dementia in northern Taiwan. Our sub-sample comprised patient-caregiver dyads (46 VaD and 68 AD patients) followed for 18 months. Caregivers of AD patients in the intervention group had better competence, preparedness, health-related quality of life, and fewer depressive symptoms than those in the control group. Caregivers of VaD patients in the intervention group had better competence and health-related quality of life than those in the control group. The training program benefited family caregivers of AD patients more than caregivers of VaD patients. Specific training programs need to be developed for family caregivers of VaD patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)376-384
Number of pages9
JournalGeriatric Nursing
Volume37
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2016

Keywords

  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Depression
  • Family caregiver
  • Family caregiver-training program
  • Health-related quality of life
  • Vascular dementia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology

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