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Care-Partner Perspectives on Adult Day Services in Waterloo-Wellington

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Title: Care-Partner Perspectives on Adult Day Services in Waterloo-Wellington
Author: Whitehouse, Emma
Department: Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition
Program: Family Relations and Applied Nutrition
Advisor: Wilson, Kimberley
Abstract: This study explored the perspectives of care partners for older adults who utilize Adult Day Services (ADS) in the Waterloo-Wellington Region. The research goal was to better understand benefits of services to care partners and potential areas for improvement. An online survey was completed by 278 participants, which was followed by two follow-up focus groups (n=9). An embedded mixed methods design was utilized including descriptive data analysis, content analysis, and thematic analysis. Findings showed that caregivers benefitted from the personal time provided to them when using the day program, communications from staff regarding their care recipient’s progression, as well as by observing their loved one enjoy themselves, build relationships with their peers, and participate in stimulating activities. Areas for improvement included better communication between caregivers and staff, access to transportation for all participants, and finally increasing the number of days available for participants and extending the hours of the ADS.
Date: 2019-12
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