Sources of stress for family caregivers of institutionalized dementia patients


Sources of stress for family caregivers of institutionalized dementia patients


Stephens MA; Ogrocki PK; Kinney JM


Journal Of Applied Gerontology




Female; Humans; Interpersonal Relations; Middle Aged; Professional-Family Relations; Health Facility Environment; Institutionalization; Nursing Homes; Stress; Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support; Caregivers/psychology; Alzheimer Disease/psychology; Psychological/etiology; Home Nursing/psychology; Ohio


Although many caregivers place their relative in a nursing home in an attempt to reduce their own burden, caregiving stress often continues after institutionalization. This research examined sources of stress for 66 caregivers who cared for their impaired relative at home and later placed that individual in a nursing home. We hypothesized that although these caregivers no longer had primary responsibility for direct care, they would continue to experience distress because of the stressors associated with the nursing home. Results ran counter to our expectations. Although many caregivers reported stressors related to nursing home care, stressors stemming from the patient's Alzheimer's disease (AD) symptoms accounted for more variance in caregivers' levels of anxiety and depression, and in the quality of their interpersonal relations. Even though caregivers were assisted in their caregiving responsibilities by the nursing home staff, their relative's AD symptoms continued to prompt distress.


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Stephens MA; Ogrocki PK; Kinney JM, “Sources of stress for family caregivers of institutionalized dementia patients,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed September 26, 2023,