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ISRN Nursing
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 943059, 8 pages
Research Article

Alzheimer’s Patients’ Spouses Critiques of the Support Services

1Department of Health, The Social Insurance Institution of Finland, Kirkkokatu 8, 15141 Lahti, Finland
2Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care, University of Helsinki, 00014 Helsinki, Finland
3Health Center, Laakso Hospital, 00099 Helsinki, Finland

Received 30 March 2011; Accepted 7 May 2011

Academic Editor: J. Liaschenko

Copyright Β© 2011 Minna M. Raivio et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Introduction. Caregiving families of patients with dementia are often reluctant to use support services. The aim of this study was to describe their subjective critiques of these services. Material and Methods. A cross-sectional questionnaire was sent to a random sample ( 𝑁 = 1 9 4 3 ) of Alzheimer’s patients’ spouses in Finland with an open-ended question: “What kind of problems have you faced with the services?” Their responses were analyzed with thematic content analysis. Results. Of the responders identifying themselves as caregivers ( 𝑁 = 1 3 8 6 ), 728 (mean age 77.8, 65.1% females) responded. Opinions could be divided into two categories: (1) problems with the service application process ( 𝑁 = 2 9 6 ); (2) critiques of the services offered ( 𝑁 = 2 7 0 ) including either problems with community care support services or institutional care. 74 indicated that they had no need for services, and 15 praised the services they had received. Conclusions. From the caregiver’s perspective, the service system is complicated, bureaucratic and works organization centredly.