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Carers as partners in mental health services for older people

  • Jan R. Oyebode
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The role that carers play in supporting older people with mental health needs in the community is well recognised by professionals and in current government policy. This article promotes the view that a systematic planned approach that engages the carer as an integral part of the system of care has potential benefits for patients, carers and services. Ways of working in partnership are outlined and evidence that psychosocial interventions with carers are effective is briefly reviewed. Examples of individual and group interventions for dementia carers are given, drawing on clinical experience and research literature. Areas for further development are highlighted, including greater partnerships with carers in primary and continuing care, as well as at the level of planning and service development.

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