Increasing autonomy through improved care: effects of a professional care-giver training programme on the functional status of older adults
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Cambridge University Press
Functional skillProfessional care-giversCognitive stimulationCare-giver trainingCognitive capacity
Navarro, E., Sanjuán, M., & Calero, M. (2021). Increasing autonomy through improved care: Effects of a professional care-giver training programme on the functional status of older adults. Ageing and Society, 1-18. doi:[10.1017/S0144686X21000519]
SponsorshipMinistry of Education, Government of Spain FPU15/03966
The aim of the present research was to evaluate the effectiveness of a care-giver training programme that trains professional care-givers in cognitive stimulation strategies for functional maintenance in care-dependent older adults. The sample contained 69 older adults (37 in the treatment group, 32 control group) assessed with the Barthel Index, the Mini-Mental State Examination and the Clifton Assessment Procedure for the Elderly (Cognitive Scale). Participants in the treatment group were treated by professional care-givers who were trained with the programme CUIDA-2 in communication and cognitive stimulation strategies. The results from the Barthel Index showed significant differences in the post-intervention assessment and in the follow-up assessment, where the treatment group obtained higher scores, and there were significant differences within the treatment group between the initial assessment and the post-treatment assessment, as well as between the initial assessment and the follow-up. The data obtained reflect that a training programme to train professional care-givers produced functional benefits in the older adults, and these improvements persisted over time. Moreover, the care-givers saw themselves as more competent and more satisfied with their work.