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dc.contributor.authorMorrisby, Claire
dc.contributor.authorJoosten, Annette
dc.contributor.authorCiccarelli, Marina
dc.identifier.citationMorrisby, C. and Joosten, A. and Ciccarelli, M. 2019. Needs of people with dementia and their spousal carers: A study of those living in the community. Australasian Journal on Ageing.

© 2019 AJA Inc. Objective: To identify care and support needs, as reported by people with dementia and their spousal carers living in the community in metropolitan Western Australia. Methods: An interpretive description approach was utilised. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 10 dyads of spousal carers and people with dementia. Comparative analysis was used to develop themes regarding need, which were reviewed using two focus groups of spousal carers. Results: Three major themes were developed through analysis of data from the interviews and were refined by the focus groups: (a) environmental enablers to support care; (b) strong caring relationships; and (c) adaptation of daily life roles. Conclusions: As dementia progresses, continued support to maintain participation in meaningful activity is needed. Strong caring relationships, knowledge and an understanding of dementia among health professionals, service providers and family members were key to maintaining support for the needs of people with dementia and their spousal carers.

dc.publisherWiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
dc.titleNeeds of people with dementia and their spousal carers: A study of those living in the community
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleAustralasian Journal on Ageing
curtin.departmentSchool of Occ Therapy, Social Work and Speech Path
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