AIHW Board AIHW senior staff Annual report Capability statement Collaboration Customer care charter FOI - freedom of information Indexed list of files Organisation chart Presentations Privacy of data Public consultation Public Interest Disclosure Strategic Directions 2011-2014 Tenders
By category Ageing, disability & carers Families & children Hospitals Housing & homelessness Indigenous Australians Population groups Risk factors, diseases & death Services, workforce & spending
By subject Adoptions Aged care Ageing Alcohol & other drugs Arthritis & musculoskeletal conditions Asthma Australia's health Australia's welfare Burden of disease Cancer Cardiovascular health Child health, development & wellbeing Child protection Children's services Chronic diseases
Chronic kidney disease Chronic respiratory conditions COPD Deaths Dementia Dental & oral health Diabetes Disability Expenditure Eye health Food & nutrition Health indicators Homelessness Hospitals Housing assistance Indigenous Australians Injury Life expectancy
Male health Mental health Mothers & babies National health priority areas Overweight & obesity Palliative care Population health Prisoner health Risk factors Rural health Safety & quality of health care Veterans' health Workforce Youth health & wellbeing Youth justice
In other sections Data Publications Contact AIHW
Publications CatalogueOrdering publicationsForthcoming publicationsOnline reportsRate our publication effectivenessSubscribe to release notices
By subject Adoptions Aged care Ageing Alcohol & other drugs Arthritis & musculoskeletal conditions Asthma Australia's health Australia's welfare Burden of disease Cancer Cardiovascular health Child health, development & wellbeing Child protection Children's services Chronic diseases Chronic kidney disease
Chronic respiratory conditions Corporate publications Data linkage Data standards Deaths Dental & oral health Diabetes Disability Expenditure Eye health Food & nutrition General practice Health indicators Homelessness Hospitals Housing assistance Indigenous Australians Indigenous housing
Injury Life expectancy Male health Mental health services Mothers & babies National health priority areas Overweight & obesity Palliative care Population health Prisoner health Risk factors Rural health Safety & quality of health care Veterans' health Workforce Youth health & wellbeing Youth justice
In other sections Subjects Data Contact AIHW
About AIHW data METeOR—metadata online registry Data by subject Catalogue of holdings of AIHW data Customised data analysis request Data governance framework Data linking Data standards GovHack Privacy of data Accessing Australian Government health and welfare data
By subject Adoptions Aged care Alcohol and other drugs Alcohol data sources Body weight data sources Cancer Children's headline indicators (CHI) Chronic disease indicators Deaths Disability
Expenditure FHBH - Fixing houses for better health General practice (GP) data Height and weight data sources Hospitals Indigenous Australians International collaboration Maternity Information Matrix (MIM) Medical indemnity
Mental health National Aged Care Data Clearinghouse National core maternity indicators (NCMI) National indicator catalogue Perinatal data Risk factors statistics Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS) Tobacco data sources Workforce
In other sections Subjects Publications Contact AIHW
AACR ACFADD AHSAC AIHW Board AIHW Ethics Committee AODTS NMDS WG CKDMAC CMAG CSDWG CVDMAC HEAC HHIMG
IGIHM JJ RIG MHISSC NAGATSIHID NCIAG NCSIMG NDDWG NDIMG NHISSC NIAG NIRAPIMG NMDD
NMDS NMHPSC NOPSAD NPDDC NPHEP NPHIC PCDWG PDWG PHIDG PHIG REDWG Workforce committees YIAG
Education worksheets Infographics What's in the pipeline Subscribe to education notices Other educational links
Worksheets by subject All Latest Ageing Australia's health Australia's welfare Carers
Children & youth Disability Disease Drugs
Health Health prevention Indigenous Australians Injury
In other sections Subjects Data Publications Contact AIHW
Job vacancies How to apply for a position at the AIHW Conditions of employment Benefits of working for the AIHW Temporary employment register Occupational Training Program Contact the People Unit Graduates
AIHW Access magazine Media releases Subscribe to release notices Media FAQ Media contacts
You are here:
People with dementia are more likely to use residential respite care (RRC) than those who don't have dementia, according to a report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
The study is based on 32,000 people in the Pathways in Aged Care (PIAC) cohort who had an approval for RRC use from an Aged Care Assessment Team in 2003-04.
The report, Dementia and the take-up of residential respite care, shows that just over a quarter (27%) of people approved for RRC actually used it within the 12 months of their approval.
This was true for both those recommended to live in the community and those recommended to live in residential care.
A greater proportion of people with dementia (32%) took up approved RRC than those without dementia (25%).
The report also presents findings on the influence of carer status and English proficiency on the take-up of respite care.
'Respite care can take a variety of forms and is a key service designed to provide support for carers and the people they care for,' said Phil Anderson of the AIHW's Data Linkage Unit.
'The demands of caring for someone with dementia are heavy, involving the provision of increasing amounts of physical, psychological, cognitive and social support as dementia severity increases,' Dr Anderson said.
'People caring for those with dementia have identified respite care as one of their critical care needs and as a way of sustaining them in their caring role.'
The report found that having a carer increased the likelihood of a client taking up RRC. And among those recommended to live in the community, a person with a co-resident carer was more likely to take up respite than those with a non-resident carer.
For people recommended to live in the community, those born in non-English speaking countries had a lower take-up rate (24%) than those born in Australia or other English-speaking countries (28%).
Other factors also affected the likelihood of taking up approved RRC, including client demographics, other health conditions, care needs and assessment characteristics. These other factors varied according to whether people were recommended to live in the community or in residential care.
Wednesday 21 April 2010
Further information: Phil Anderson, AIHW, tel. (02) 6244 1125, mob. 0417 881 017.
For media copies of the report: Publications Officer, AIHW, tel. (02) 6244 1032.
Dementia and the take-up of residential respite care
Dementia and the take-up of residential respite care: an analysis using the PIAC cohort