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Perspectives on need : respite care services for the elderly and their families Curle, Marjorie Lynne


Respite Care programs for the elderly and their families are being recognized and developed within Long Term Care systems. Research on these programs is sparse and focused on outcome studies. Very little work has been published that addresses grounded theory building or exploratory needs assessments in the definition of need and objectives for respite care. This exploratory study addresses the issue of need for respite from two perspectives. Within an urban Canadian center, focused interviews were conducted with a sample of family caregivers in high risk situations. Case scenario questionnaires were distributed and focused interviews conducted with Long Term Care case Managers, content analysis was used to identify themes and issues from all data sources. The themes and categories that emerged from the data are discussed in relation to a system stimulation model and locus of control perspective as applied to understanding need and establishing program objectives and delivery patterns. Implications for needs assessments, program design, intervention, and future research are presented.

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