This article has been reviewed according to Science X's editorial process and policies. Editors have highlighted the following attributes while ensuring the content's credibility:

fact-checked

peer-reviewed publication

trusted source

proofread

Intervention for caregivers helps prevent elder mistreatment

older adult
Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain

An educational and social support intervention for caregivers reduced elder mistreatment of older adults with chronic illness, including dementia. That's the result of a double-blind, randomized controlled trial published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Elder mistreatment is defined as "an intentional act or failure to act by a caregiver or another person in a relationship involving an expectation of trust that causes or creates a risk of harm to an older adult."

Through the Comprehensive Older Adult and Caregiver Help (COACH) intervention tested in this trial, coaches met with caregivers weekly for up to 12 sessions to listen to their concerns and guide them through a personally tailored behavioral and educational intervention.

Participants were provided with caregiving tools and coping strategies and were also educated about mistreatment so they could be vigilant against abusive behaviors by themselves and others. Eighty caregivers were randomized to the COACH intervention or a .

Treatment group caregivers reported less mistreatment against their care recipient, which dropped from 22.5% at baseline to 0% following the completion of the three-month intervention. In the control group, reported rates did not change significantly.

"COACH was created to benefit older adults who rely on a caregiver and are particularly vulnerable to harm. It now stands out as the first intervention that has been shown to prevent ," said corresponding author Zach Gassoumis, Ph.D., of the University of Southern California.

"Our study provides initial evidence that COACH may be immensely successful, and a potential lifeline for the millions of who experience abusive behavior each year."

More information: Zachary D. Gassoumis et al, Comprehensive Older Adult and Caregiver Help (COACH): A person-centered caregiver intervention prevents elder mistreatment, Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (2023). DOI: 10.1111/jgs.18597

Provided by Wiley
Citation: Intervention for caregivers helps prevent elder mistreatment (2023, October 4) retrieved 4 March 2024 from https://medicalxpress.com/news/2023-10-intervention-caregivers-elder-mistreatment.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.

Explore further

More than one in 10 elderly adults experience mistreatment

21 shares

Feedback to editors