Unmet needs and health-related quality of life of dementia family caregivers transitioning from home to long-term care: A scoping review

Academic Article


  • This scoping review is to identify experiences, unmet needs, and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) of family caregivers transitioning their care recipients with dementia into long-term care (LTC). The methodological framework of Arksey and O'Malley guided the review. Themes from nineteen selected studies were organized around three categories. First, caregiver experiences during LTC placement featured challenges around placement decision-making and distress and changes in relationships and responsibilities. Second, unmet needs of caregivers were desired emotional support and information about transitions. Finally, caregivers’ HRQoL varies around transition. Family caregivers experience unique challenges and can have unmet needs during the LTC placement of their care recipients with dementia. Findings suggest the need for interventions that teach skills, care planning, assistance with conflict resolution, communication training, and guidance finding services and resources.
  • Published In

  • Geriatric Nursing  Journal
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    Author List

  • Lee K; Chung J; Meyer KN; Dionne-Odom JN
  • Start Page

  • 254
  • End Page

  • 264
  • Volume

  • 43