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Service and support needs of Australian carers supporting a family member with disability at home

Burton-Smith, R., McVilly, K. R., Yazbeck, M., Parmenter, T. R., Tsutsui, T.,

Academic Literature

2009

This study investigates the support needs of Australian family carers.

Family carers completed a self-report survey, including an adaptation of the Family Needs Survey (FNS) and several open-ended questions.

On the FNS the most frequently endorsed items were those relating to the need for information about services and, in particular, future, out-of-home accommodation. Similarly, the need for respite services was endorsed by over 80% of respondents. Comments indicated that access to and the quality of respite, day support, and therapy programs were a priority.

Participants expressed the need for greater access to information. Access to appropriate respite options, together with quality day support and therapy services, remain a priority for family carers.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability

Domain/s: Social relationships

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