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Caregiver Interview

The interview with the caregiver collected information on the care recipient’s need for assistance, on the range of people available to provide assistance, on their use of supportive services, and on the impact of caregiving on the caregiver’s health and lifestyle.

Cargiving Results

Content of the CSHA Caregiver Interviews:

Themes
Topics
Examples of Data Collected
CSHA 1
CSHA 2
CSHA 3
Identity of Caregiver
Demographics
Age, sex, marital status
Relation to subject



Social Situation
Subject's living arrangements
Numbers of children, relatives and others in the home
Other friends or relatives less than an hour away
Caregiver's living arrangements
Numbers of children, relatives and others in the home
Other friends or relatives less than an hour away
Help Given
14 ADLs (1)
Subject's functional level
Who assists them?
Time spent






Care management
Can subject be left alone?
Scheduling appointments, etc.
   
Service Use
List of nine community support services
Used?
Who provides?
Who pays?
Satisfaction?
Why not used?
Unmet needs
Other services needed?
Attitudes
Attitudes
Physician
Subject's visits to doctor
Visits to hospital

Subject's Behaviour
Behavioural disturbance
Dementia Behaviour Disturbance scale (2)
Impact on Caregiver
Employment
Changed jobs?
Reduced work?



Burden
Zarit scale (3)
Depression
Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression scale (4)
Health
Chronic conditions
Self-rated health
SF-12 (5)






Caregiver's service use
Physician and hospital visits
Institutional admission
Plans to admit the participant to an institution?
Positive aspects
Satisfaction with caregiving

References:

(1) Fillenbaum, GG, Smyer, MA. (1981). The development, validity, and reliability of the OARS Multidimensional Functional Assessment Questionnaire. Journal of Gerontology, 36, 428-434.

(2) Baumgarten M, et al. (1990). Validity and reliability of the Dementia Behaviour Disturbance Scale. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 38, 221-226.

(3) Zarit SH, et al. (1980). Relatives of the impaired elderly: correlates of feelings of burden. Gerontologist, 20, 649-655.

(4) Radloff LS. (1977). The CES-D: a self-report depression scale for research in the general population. Applied Psychological Measurement, 1, 385-401.

(5) Ware JE, et al. (1996). A 12-item Short-Form Health Survey: construction of scales and preliminary tests of reliability and validity. Medical Care, 34, 220-233.


Downloads

Click here to download the Caregiver Questioner (PDF format 171KB)
Click here to download the Caregiver Questionnaire (PDF format 171KB)
Click here to download the Caregiving Power Point presentation (171KB)
Click here to download the Caregiving Power Point presentation (171KB)

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