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Understanding the use of respite services among informal carers

Vecchio, N.,

Academic Literature

2008

The aim of the paper is to examine the use of respite services among carers of non-institutionalised individuals aged 15 and over with either profound or severe disabilities. Data from a large Australian sample were analysed. The results revealed that social and cultural factors played a critical role in the receipt of respite services. Family relationships were important. Just under one-fifth of all primary carers most preferred more financial assistance in their role as caregiver. Since the recipients under investigation typically possess core communication restrictions and highly individualised needs, it is speculated that carers perceive family members as better able to interpret and meet the sporadic and individualised care demands of recipients.Given the low usage of respite services among primary informal carers, policy makers and health organisations need to dispel the 'one size fits all' approach to support services for households.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Australian Health Review

Location : Australasia

Domain/s: Housing and the built environment, Health and wellbeing

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