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Older Case Management Clients With Younger Family Members in Need of Care: Interdependencies and Well-Being

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This exploratory study investigated caregiving and interdependencies in families of frail older case management clients who coreside with younger individuals in need of care. Analyses were based on interviews with 78 older adults recruited from a large urban case management program. To be eligible for the study, the older adult had to coreside with an individual under age 60 who had disabilities or chronic health problems and/or with minors. Results indicated that the majority of older adults were primary caregivers for at least one younger individual. In a substantial number of families, the older adult depended on a younger adult with disabilities for primary care. Older adults who lived with both younger adults with disabilities and minors experienced more negative affect than those who lived with only one of these two kinds of younger individuals. Positive affect among elders living with younger adults with disabilities was positively related to the number of formal services received by the younger adults. The implications of these findings for service delivery to families with complex needs for care are discussed.


Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: December 1, 2007

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  • Care Management Journals comprises two journals: Journal of Case Management and The Journal of Long Term Home Health Care. Journal of Case Management aims to disseminate relevant information pertinent to the field of case management. The Journal of Long Term Home Health Care investigates current issues and report on program and policy initiatives for the homebound frail elderly.
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