Older adults and their families in a community mental health center: strategies for intervention.


Journal Article

Clinicians at a geriatric evaluation and treatment clinic include the patient's family in all stages of assessment and intervention so that the family can ultimately assume much of the responsibility for care. The family's strengths and weaknesses and its potential as a caretaker are assessed through a questionnaire and interviews. The major intervention techniques include explaining the patient's impairment and capabilities to the family, coordinating needed community resources, encouraging respite activities, allowing relatives to work through their own feelings, and taking responsibility for decision-making when necessary. A case history illustrates the assessment and intervention techniques.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hamrick, K; Blazer, D

Published Date

  • May 1, 1980

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 31 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 332 - 335

PubMed ID

  • 7372278

Pubmed Central ID

  • 7372278

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-1597

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1176/ps.31.5.332


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States