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Reasons for Institutionalization of People With Dementia: Informal Caregiver Reports From 8 European Countries

Author:
  • Basema Afram
  • Astrid Stephan
  • Hilde Verbeek
  • Michel H. C. Bleijlevens
  • Riitta Suhonen
  • Caroline Sutcliffe
  • Katrin Raamat
  • Esther Cabrera
  • Maria E. Soto
  • Ingalill Rahm Hallberg
  • Gabriele Meyer
  • Jan P. H. Hamers
Publishing year: 2014
Language: English
Pages: 108-116
Publication/Series: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
Volume: 15
Issue: 2
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Elsevier

Abstract english

Objectives: To explore reasons for institutionalization of people with dementia according to informal caregivers as well as variation in reasons between countries. Design: An explorative cross-sectional study was conducted in 8 European countries. Setting: Per country, a minimum of 3 long term care facilities, offering care and accommodation as a package, participated in this study. Participating countries were selected to represent different geographic areas in Europe. Participants: Of the 791 informal caregivers involved in the RightTimePlaceCare project of people with dementia who were recently admitted to a long term care facility, 786 were included for this study. Measurements: As part of a semistructured interview, informal caregivers were asked the main reason for institutionalization in an open-ended question. Answers were categorized according to a conventional coding approach. All reasons were then quantified and tested. Results: Mainly patient-related reasons were stated, such as neuropsychiatric symptoms (25%), care dependency (24%), and cognition (19%). Neuropsychiatric symptoms were among the most often mentioned reasons in most countries. Besides patient-related reasons, caregiver burden and the inability of the informal caregiver to care for the patient were stated as reasons (both 15%). Further analyses showed countries differ significantly in reasons according to informal caregivers. Additionally, reasons were analyzed for spouses and child-caregivers, showing that spouses more often stated reasons related to themselves compared with child-caregivers. Conclusion: Multiple reasons contribute to the institutionalization for people with dementia, with several factors that may influence why there were country differences. Variation in the organization of dementia care and cultural aspects, or the relationship between the informal caregiver and person with dementia may be factors influencing the reasons. Because of a wide variation in reasons between countries, no one-size-fits-all approach can be offered to guide informal caregivers when facing the possibility of institutionalization of the person with dementia. (C) 2014 - American Medical Directors Association, Inc. All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy
  • Dementia
  • informal caregivers
  • family caregivers
  • reasons for
  • institutionalization

Other

Published
  • ISSN: 1525-8610
Ingalill Rahm Hallberg
E-mail: ingalill.rahm_hallberg [at] med.lu.se

Professor emerita

Older people's health and Person-Centred care

HSC

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