Patients and carers benefit from adult day care services, research shows

Patients and carers benefit from adult day care services, research shows

Adult day care services such as respite care, home care and assisted living, lower the stress levels of family caregivers, research has shown.

In a Penn State and Virginia Tech study, 150 caregivers were given 24-hour daily diaries which they filled in both on days when their relatives attended an adult daycare centre and on the days they stayed at home.

Stress levels were seen to be greatly reduced on the days adult care services were utilised.

Furthermore, dementia patients were also seen to benefit from such an arrangement, exhibiting fewer behavioural problems and improved sleep patterns when they attended a day centre.

Steven Zarit, of Penn State, said: "The changes we have seen are as large as you'd get with medication, but with no side effects."

Stressed family caregivers could potentially benefit from exercising, with one expert recommending such activity for anxious or depressed individuals.

Ann Finnemore, hypnotherapist and stress manager, explained that endorphins are released as a result of exercise - improving the mood of the individual.

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