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LaVela SL, Johnson BW, Miskevics S, Weaver FM. Impact of a multicomponent support services program on informal caregivers of adults aging with disabilities. Journal of gerontological social work. 2012 Jun 27; 55(2):160-74.
A multicomponent support services program was implemented for veterans aging with disabilities and their informal caregivers (n = 42 dyads). Caregiver outcomes (satisfaction, physical and mental health status, burden, and benefits) were evaluated before and after program use. Caregivers reported significant improvements in mental health post-program. Caregivers who provided care to individuals with impaired physical health experienced meaningful improvements in burden after the support services were rendered. Supporting caregiver health status through such programs is vital to preserve noninstitutional long-term care for persons aging with disabilities, particularly when care is provided over many years to an individual with physical impairments.