Family Members' Recommendations for Achieving a Mental Break From Caring for a Loved One With Alzheimer's Disease

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Abstract

The need for family caregivers to experience a break is well documented, and various respite services have been developed in response. However, if caregivers remain emotionally preoccupied about their loved one, they may not achieve a mental break, the true essence of respite. In this funded, qualitative inquiry, family caregivers were asked about their mental break experiences via 4 inhome interviews. Case-by-case and cross-case analyses generated content categories that, through structured analysis, yielded a working model. The content categories and the working model are presented here. Guidelines for program planning to help family members achieve mental breaks are also provided.

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