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Gerontology & Geriatrics Studies

Evaluation of Dementia Day Care Programmes by Caregivers: A New Zealand Case Study

  • Open or Close Annie Weir*

    University of Auckland, New Zealand

    *Corresponding author: Annie Weir, Director, Impact Research NZ and Honorary Academic, School of Critical Studies, Faculty of Education, University of Auckland, New Zealand, Tel: 64 0 27612 4335; Email

Submission: February 28, 2018; Published: March 13, 2018

DOI: 10.31031/GGS.2018.02.000540

ISSN: 2578-0093
Volume2 Issue3


This article reports on the benefits to caregivers of having their family member living with dementia attend a day programme. This study was part of a larger investigation undertaken in New Zealand that identified the elements that make up an effective community-based day programmes. One of the key elements identified was benefits of day programmes to caregivers. Telephone interviews and a questionnaire elicited the views of caregivers on the benefits to them of day programmes. The research revealed that caregivers appreciated respite from having to provide 24/7 care and identified three main benefits:

A. Reduction in stress;

B. Freedom to do activities alone and with others; and

C. Ability to keep working.

Having routine personal time when their family member was attending a day programme was particularly important for catching up on household chores, maintaining relationships with family and friends and keeping up with hobbies, clubs and sport. Other benefits included peace of mind that their loved one was safe, cared for and that they participated in a wide range of activities based on cognitive stimulation and social interaction. Although these findings are from a specific context, it raises the importance of not only research into the perceived benefits of day programmes for caregivers but also wider implications of impacts on their health and well-being.

Keywords: Dementia; Caregiver; Respite; Day programmes

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