Variation in cost of informal caregiving and formal-service use for people with Alzheimer's disease

Brooke S. Harrow, Diane F. Mahoney, Aaron B. Mendelsohn, Marcia G. Ory, David W. Coon, Steven H. Belle, Linda Nichols

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Abstract

This study used a geographically diverse sample to estimate the total cost of informal care and formal services for community-residing Alzheimer's disease (AD) care recipients. Baseline data were used for 1200 family caregivers from the Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer's Caregiver Health (REACH) study, a multisite intervention trial. The replacement-wage-rate approach estimated informal cost. Formal services were assigned a cost based on secondary sources. Annual cost per care recipient amounted to $23,436for informal care and $8,064 for formal services. Variation in informal cost was almost entirely due to instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) assistance. Cross-site differences in cost persisted controlling for caregiver and care-recipient characteristics. Geographic variation may suggest regional preferences or ethnic/cultural values. Further study is needed to determine whether this reflects differences in access or availability or how including a control group for care recipients with nondementia diagnoses might have affected these findings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)299-308
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and other Dementias
Volume19
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004

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Alzheimer Disease
Costs and Cost Analysis
Caregivers
Patient Care
Salaries and Fringe Benefits
Activities of Daily Living
Control Groups
Health

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Variation in cost of informal caregiving and formal-service use for people with Alzheimer's disease. / Harrow, Brooke S.; Mahoney, Diane F.; Mendelsohn, Aaron B.; Ory, Marcia G.; Coon, David W.; Belle, Steven H.; Nichols, Linda.

In: American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and other Dementias, Vol. 19, No. 5, 01.01.2004, p. 299-308.

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Harrow, Brooke S. ; Mahoney, Diane F. ; Mendelsohn, Aaron B. ; Ory, Marcia G. ; Coon, David W. ; Belle, Steven H. ; Nichols, Linda. / Variation in cost of informal caregiving and formal-service use for people with Alzheimer's disease. In: American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and other Dementias. 2004 ; Vol. 19, No. 5. pp. 299-308.
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