DESK REVIEWS | 08.02.01.05. Respite services for carers where they can take time away from their caring role to engage in other activities of choice

DESK REVIEW | 08.02.01.05. Respite services for carers where they can take time away from their caring role to engage in other activities of choice

There are a few respite care facilities that exist in the form of day care centres and residential facilities. There were 6 residential facilities, 4 in Kerala, 1 in Karnataka and 1 in Maharashtra (ARDSI, 2010) as of 2010. There were also 10 day-care centres at which trained professionals provide care to people with dementia during the day (ARDSI, 2010). The number of these services have increased marginally over the years (Refer to Table 7.4 and Table 7.5 in Part 7).

References:

Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Society of India. (2010). THE DEMENTIA INDIA REPORT 2010: Prevalence, impact, cost and services for dementia. New Dehli. Retrieved from https://ardsi.org/pdf/annual%20report.pdf

Respite care is defined in the Regulation of Ministry of Health of the Republic of Indonesia No. 79/2014 (Ministry of Health Republic of Indonesia, n.d.). It is described to be within hospital or health facility settings, containing rooms dedicated for individual geriatric patients to stay, with communal areas like libraries, socialising areas, gardens, and reception rooms for families. In practice, there are various publicly and privately-owned day-care centres for older people (not specific to those with dementia). Rehabilitasi Sosial Lanjut Usia (RSLU) are government-owned social rehabilitation centres for older people. One of the services offered is day care. There are pre-set eligibility criteria for the day-care assistance recipients, regulations for day care workers, and indicators to measure the success of day-care centres (Kristanti et al., 2018a).

References:

Kristanti, M. S., Engels, Y., Effendy, C., Astuti, Utarini, A., & Vernooij-Dassen, M. (2018a). Comparison of the lived experiences of family caregivers of patients with dementia and of patients with cancer in Indonesia. International Psychogeriatrics, 30(6), 903–914. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1041610217001508

Ministry of Health Republic of Indonesia. (n.d.). Day Care (Pelayanan Harian Lanjut Usia).

Formal respite services are available in South Africa but are skewed to the private sector. Where public services are available, it is outsourced to the NGO sector to provide this form of care and family support.