Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 51, Issue 6, pp 753–759 | Cite as

Risk Factors of High Burden Caregivers of Dementia Patients Institutionalized at Day-Care Centres

  • Ana Maseda
  • Isabel González-Abraldes
  • Carmen de Labra
  • José Marey-López
  • Alba Sánchez
  • José C. Millán-Calenti
Brief Communication


We examined which variables are associated with day care centres utilization among caregivers of dementia patients. A cross-sectional analysis of socio-demographic variables, relationship with caring and psychological aspects was conducted in 58 informal caregivers with intense burden. 58.6 % used day care assistance and 41.4 % did not. The results showed the importance of the commitment between the caregiver and their family and friends. The use of day care services is independent of the age, gender, educational level, marital status, occupation and relationship with the patient. However, in the multivariate analysis the provision of help by families and friends predicted the use of day care assistance. The bivariate analysis showed a significant relationship between depressive symptoms and self-rated health with day care attendance. Screening the help provision from families and friends in caregivers of dementia patients with intense burden would be relevant to design interventions which delay their institutionalization and reduce costs.


Dementia Caregiving Elderly Day care centre 


Conflict of interest

The authors declare that there are no known conflicts of interest. All authors certify (a) that they accept responsibility for the conduct of the study and for the analysis and interpretation of the data, (b) that they helped write the manuscript and agree with the decisions about it, (c) that they meet the definition of an author as stated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, and (d) that they have seen and approved the final manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ana Maseda
    • 1
  • Isabel González-Abraldes
    • 1
  • Carmen de Labra
    • 1
  • José Marey-López
    • 2
  • Alba Sánchez
    • 1
  • José C. Millán-Calenti
    • 1
  1. 1.Gerontology Research Group, Faculty of Health SciencesUniversidade da CoruñaA CoruñaSpain
  2. 2.Servicio de NeurologíaComplejo Hospitalario Universitario de A CoruñaA CoruñaSpain

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