Social care and support needs of community-dwelling people with dementia and concurrent visual impairment

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Authors: Nyman, S.R., Innes, A. and Heward, M.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/23451/

Journal: Aging and Mental Health

Volume: 21

Issue: 9

Pages: 961-967

Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge): STM, Behavioural Science and Public Health Titles

ISSN: 1364-6915

DOI: 10.1080/13607863.2016.1186151

Objectives: Little is known about the needs of people who have both dementia and visual impairment. This study explored the social care and support needs of people with dementia and concurrent visual impairment, and the barriers and facilitators for meeting these needs. Method: Twenty-six semi-structured interviews were conducted: 21 joint interviews with the person with dementia and visual impairment and their family member / paid carer; and 5 individual interviews with either the person with dementia and visual impairment (n=4) or their family member (n=1). Interviews were audio recorded, transcribed verbatim, and analysed thematically.

Results: Three themes are presented. (1) Social care needs: having dementia can reduce an individual’s ability to cope with their visual impairment, and in turn make the person more dependent and prone to lack of daily stimulation. (2) Barriers to using technology to meet social care needs: difficulties were reported in learning to use unfamiliar technology, and for some, the presence of dementia made visual impairment aids unusable and vice versa. Visual impairment aids were also perceived as expensive. (3) Familiarity as a facilitator for meeting social care needs: living at home or taking furnishings and ornaments into a new home environment facilitated retention of independence, and continuity of paid carers / volunteers facilitated the caring relationship between the individual and staff / volunteer.

Conclusion: Dementia and visual impairment often coexist and care workers will better serve older people if they are aware of the social care and support needs that arise from having both conditions.

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Authors: Nyman, S.R., Innes, A. and Heward, M.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/23451/

Journal: Aging Ment Health

Volume: 21

Issue: 9

Pages: 961-967

eISSN: 1364-6915

DOI: 10.1080/13607863.2016.1186151

OBJECTIVES: This study explored the social care and support needs of people with dementia and visual impairment, and the barriers and facilitators for meeting these needs. METHOD: Twenty-six semi-structured interviews were conducted: 21 joint and 5 individual interviews with the person with dementia and visual impairment (n=4) or their family/paid carer (n=1). Interviews were analysed thematically. RESULTS: Three themes are presented. (1) Social care needs: having dementia can reduce an individual's ability to cope with their visual impairment, and lead to increased dependency and reduced daily stimulation. (2) Barriers to using technology to meet social care needs: difficulties were reported with learning to use unfamiliar technology and the cost of visual impairment aids, and for some, the presence of dementia made visual impairment aids unusable and vice versa. (3) Familiarity as a facilitator for meeting social care needs: living at home or taking furnishings and ornaments into a new home facilitated independence, and continuity of paid carers/volunteers facilitated the caring relationship between the individual and staff/volunteer. CONCLUSION: Care workers will better serve older people if they are aware of the social care and support needs that arise from having both dementia and visual impairment.

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Authors: Nyman, S.R., Innes, A. and Heward, M.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/23451/

Journal: Aging and Mental Health

Volume: 21

Issue: 9

Pages: 961-967

eISSN: 1364-6915

ISSN: 1360-7863

DOI: 10.1080/13607863.2016.1186151

© 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Objectives: This study explored the social care and support needs of people with dementia and visual impairment, and the barriers and facilitators for meeting these needs. Method: Twenty-six semi-structured interviews were conducted: 21 joint and 5 individual interviews with the person with dementia and visual impairment (n=4) or their family/paid carer (n=1). Interviews were analysed thematically. Results: Three themes are presented. (1) Social care needs: having dementia can reduce an individual's ability to cope with their visual impairment, and lead to increased dependency and reduced daily stimulation. (2) Barriers to using technology to meet social care needs: difficulties were reported with learning to use unfamiliar technology and the cost of visual impairment aids, and for some, the presence of dementia made visual impairment aids unusable and vice versa. (3) Familiarity as a facilitator for meeting social care needs: living at home or taking furnishings and ornaments into a new home facilitated independence, and continuity of paid carers/volunteers facilitated the caring relationship between the individual and staff/volunteer. Conclusion: Care workers will better serve older people if they are aware of the social care and support needs that arise from having both dementia and visual impairment.

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Authors: Nyman, S.R., Innes, A. and Heward, M.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/23451/

Journal: AGING & MENTAL HEALTH

Volume: 21

Issue: 9

Pages: 961-967

eISSN: 1364-6915

ISSN: 1360-7863

DOI: 10.1080/13607863.2016.1186151

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Authors: Nyman, S.R., Innes, A. and Heward, M.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/23451/

Journal: Aging & mental health

Pages: 1-7

eISSN: 1364-6915

ISSN: 1360-7863

This study explored the social care and support needs of people with dementia and visual impairment, and the barriers and facilitators for meeting these needs.Twenty-six semi-structured interviews were conducted: 21 joint and 5 individual interviews with the person with dementia and visual impairment (n=4) or their family/paid carer (n=1). Interviews were analysed thematically.Three themes are presented. (1) Social care needs: having dementia can reduce an individual's ability to cope with their visual impairment, and lead to increased dependency and reduced daily stimulation. (2) Barriers to using technology to meet social care needs: difficulties were reported with learning to use unfamiliar technology and the cost of visual impairment aids, and for some, the presence of dementia made visual impairment aids unusable and vice versa. (3) Familiarity as a facilitator for meeting social care needs: living at home or taking furnishings and ornaments into a new home facilitated independence, and continuity of paid carers/volunteers facilitated the caring relationship between the individual and staff/volunteer.Care workers will better serve older people if they are aware of the social care and support needs that arise from having both dementia and visual impairment.

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