Cost-effectiveness of an in-home respite care program to support informal caregivers of persons with dementia: A model-based analysis

Dementia and Occupational Therapy - Home caregiver and senior adult woman

A previous comparative analysis of a respite intervention, in which caregivers were given a break from caregiving for at least five days while a trained professional cared for the person with dementia in their own homes, found that after 6 months, the caregiver’s desire to institutionalize the person in their care decreased. In this current study, using an age-dependent state-transition Markov model, researchers found that an in-home respite care program in addition to standard community-based dementia care was a cost-effective approach.