Behaviour of older people admitted for residential respite care.

Christine C. Neville, G. J. Byrne

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    The aim of this pilot study was to determine whether residential respite care is used because of disruptive behaviour displayed by older people. The specific objectives were to 1) characterise older people being admitted for residential respite care, 2) obtain a preliminary estimate of the proportion of older people in residential respite care because of disruptive behaviour, and, 3) examine the relationship between residential respite care and disruptive behaviour. A quantitative approach using a cross-sectional survey was employed. The respite recipients were 35 older people with a mean age of 81.5 years (range 67-96 years). The respite recipients had been admitted for residential respite care to aged care hostels and nursing homes in a provincial city and its surrounding rural area. Nurses rated disruptive behaviour using the Dementia Behavior Disturbance Scale (DBDS). Additional reliability data for the DBDS are provided. The study found that the largest specific group of residential respite care users were widows (31.4%) who lived alone in their own home. The reason for over half (51.4%) of the residential respite admissions was to give a carer a 'break' from the older person. Although a large proportion (80%) of respite recipients were rated as having disruptive behaviour, the proportion of admissions because of disruptive behaviour was much less (28.6%). People with dementia (37.1%) scored significantly higher than people without dementia on the DBDS [F (1,33)=15.57, p
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)8-12
    Number of pages4
    JournalThe Australian journal of advanced nursing : a quarterly publication of the Royal Australian Nursing Federation
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2002


    • Aged
    • Aged, 80 and over
    • Analysis of Variance
    • Cross-Sectional Studies
    • Dementia
    • Female
    • utilization: Homes for the Aged
    • Human
    • Male
    • utilization: Nursing Homes
    • Pilot Projects
    • Psychomotor Agitation
    • Queensland
    • utilization: Respite Care
    • Social Behavior Disorders


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