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Title: A training workshop on late-stage dementia care for family caregivers
Authors: Lai, CKY 
Wong, FLF
Liu, KH
Keywords: Caregiver training
Educational workshops
Focus groups
Late-stage dementia care
Issue Date: 2001
Source: American journal of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, 2001, v. 16, no. 6, p. 361-368 How to cite?
Journal: American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and other Dementias 
Abstract: Training workshops have been considered a useful intervention in helping family caregivers of people with dementia to cope with the stress of caregiving. However, there are no reports in the literature with regard to training and support of families specifically looking after individuals who are in the late stage of dementia. This paper reports the experience and evaluation of a training workshop aimed at preparing family caregivers for late-stage dementia care. Eighty-eight percent of the participants completed the client satisfaction questionnaire. The results from the questionnaire gave a very positive response, showing 90.9 percent of respondents were satisfied with the workshop, and 77.3 percent of respondents indicated that their caregiving needs were met. Eleven participants who attended this workshop joined a focus group feedback session. The Kruskal-Wallis test found no significant differences between the overall profile of the participants and that of the focus group in terms of age, gender, educational background, whether they were primary caregivers, for whom they cared (e.g., parents or spouse), or whether the care recipient stayed at home or in a nursing home. Findings from the focus group session provide a somewhat different picture from that of the questionnaire. Three focus group participants provided more critical comments of the workshop. Although the majority of the focus group agreed that the workshop had been useful, they disagreed on whether it is necessary to discuss psychosocial issues in this workshop. Findings from the focus group have enabled the project team to reflect on their design and operation of the workshop and provided valuable insight for future development as well as for further study.
ISSN: 1533-3175
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