NZ Framework for Dementia Care


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Updated on: 11-Jun-2016

Dementia and the take-up of residential respite care

Australian Institute of Health & Welfare. Bulletin 78. April 2010.

People caring for those with dementia have identified respite care as one of their critical care needs. Their low use of respite care, however, appears to belie this stated need. Evidence about respite use patterns for people with dementia and their carers has to date largely been based on small-scale studies and qualitative research. A recent systematic review of the literature on transitions in care of people with dementia found little that described common pathways and transitions between care types, including the use of respite care (Runge et al. 2009).

This study aims to fill part of this evidence gap using nationally linked administrative data to quantify the extent to which residential respite care is taken up by those with and without dementia. The study is based on 32,000 members of the Pathways in Aged Care (PIAC) cohort who had an approval for residential respite care use from an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) in 2003–04.

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Contributor: Shereen  Moloney - 15 Jun 2016, 1:14 PM