Care Needs Profiles and Their Association with Caregiver Strain among Community-Dwelling Older Adults with Cognitive Impairment

Pildoo Sung*, Angelique Wei-Ming Chan

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Introduction: This study examined distinct profiles of met and unmet care needs among community-dwelling older adults with cognitive impairment and their association with caregiver strain. 

Methods: Latent class analysis and multivariable regression were applied to data from 266 caregivers of older Singaporeans, aged 60 years and above, with cognitive impairment. Care needs were evaluated by caregivers using the Camberwell Assessment of Need for the Elderly. Caregiver strain was measured by the Zarit Burden Interview. 

Results: Four need profiles were identified: (1) no need (38% of caregivers), (2) met social and memory needs (29%), (3) no social and met memory needs (17%), and (4) unmet social and memory needs (16%). The unmet social and memory needs profile was associated with a higher level of caregiver strain, compared to the no need profile. 

Discussion: A person-centered approach captured heterogeneity in the care needs of community-dwelling older adults with cognitive impairment. Policymakers should develop tailored interventions based on need profiles that may help reduce caregiver strain.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)340-347
Number of pages8
JournalDementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders
Volume51
Issue number4
Early online date27 Jul 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2022

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

User-Defined Keywords

  • Care need profiles
  • Caregiver strain
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Latent class analysis
  • Singapore

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