|Learning Objective #1: Describe barriers to use of community resources by caregivers of people with dementia|
|Learning Objective #2: Identify the predictors of which caregivers are more likely to use community resources|
Logistic regression was used to examine which variables were related to use of community resources. Use of community resources was defined as receiving respite or assistance, whether from professional or non-professional sources. Caregivers were divided into two groups, those who used 2 or more hours per week of community resources and those who used less. Four variables were found to have a statistically significant unique effect on use of community resources. Being a spouse of the recipient decreased the odds of using resources (p<.01). The odds that the care recipient would use community resources increased as the care recipient’s Global Deterioration Scale increased (p<.01) and as the frequency of memory-and behavioral problems increased (p<.05; Zarit Memory-Behavior Problem Checklist). The Nagelkerke R Square for the logistic regression model was 0.298. Recommendations are made regarding how to more appropriately target limited resources to those caregivers most in need of services.
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