The Gerontologist, Vol 31, Issue 2 217-223, Copyright © 1991 by The Gerontological Society of America
Stressors and well-being among caregivers to older adults with dementia: the in-home versus nursing home experience
MA Stephens, JM Kinney and PK Ogrocki
Department of Psychology, Kent State University, OH 44242.
We examined differences in stressors and well-being for caregivers who care
for a relative with dementia at home and those who had placed their
relative in a nursing home. The groups did not differ in depression or
somatic complaints, but nursing home caregivers had fewer social and
interpersonal disruptions. Controlling for caregiving problems, nursing
home caregivers reported more stressors due to ADL (activities of daily
living) assistance, their relatives' behavioral and cognitive functioning,
and lack of caregiving support from family and friends.