Presented by the Family Caregiver Alliance/ARCH Technical Assistance Centers on Caregiving and Lifespan Respite. Dr. Dale Lund discusses practice and policy suggestions that might enhance caregivers’ use of respite time will be provided, as well as a discussions of how to measure these outcomes related to respite time-use.
In 2009, Dr. Dale Lund presented at the National Respite Conference in California on respite time-use suggesting that family caregivers’ use of respite time was a determining factor in the extent to which the family caregiver benefits from the respite received. While Dr. Lund has been researching the benefits of respite for many years, his recent study published in the Journal of Applied Gerontology (February 28, 2011) found that employed caregivers were generally more satisfied with respite time-use than nonemployed caregivers. Dr. Lund is also a coauthor of the very thoughtful guidebook (2006) for Family Caregivers, RESPITE SERVICES: Enhancing the Quality of Daily Life for Caregivers and Care Receivers (and now updated, 2010 in English & 2011 in Spanish).