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Author: Dr Annie Weir, Director of Impact Research NZ and Honorary Academic, School of Critical Studies University of Auckland.
Book Chapter Abstract
Home support programmes provide services to enhance the well-being of both people living with dementia and their family/caregivers. There is limited research into the effectiveness of these home support programmes. This chapter reports on a small-scale study undertaken in New Zealand aimed at identifying factors that constitute effective restorative home support services for people living with dementia and their caregivers. A restorative home support approach aims to meet an individual’s daily needs as well as promoting activity and independence. Data collection was undertaken in two phases, firstly, an international literature review identified a range of positive outcomes for participants of restorative home support programmes, such as improving functional outcomes, improving quality of life and reduced rates of institutionalism. Secondly, mixed methods were used to elicit views of multiple stakeholders. Quantitative survey data was reported using descriptive statistics and thematic pattern analysis was performed on the qualitative data. Ten key factors of effective home support services were identified under three broad categories: Client and Caregivers, Community and Organisational. These findings raise issues around what constitutes effective restorative home support and may inform debate internationally and lead to better outcomes for clients and their caregivers.
The permanent web address for “Effective Restorative Home Support for Older People Living with Dementia and Their Caregivers: A New Zealand Case Study” is:http://mts.intechopen.com/articles/show/title/effective-restorative-home-support-for-older-people-living-with-dementia-and-their-caregivers-a-new-