Mental health

Interventions for carers of people with dementia

[2012]

Recommendation(s)

Psychoeducational interventions should be offered to family and other informal carers of people with dementia at the time when diagnosis is made.
Strength of recommendation: STRONG
Quality of evidence: VERY LOW

Training of carers involving active carer participation (e.g. role playing of behavioural problem management) may be indicated later in the course of illness for carers who are coping with behavioural symptoms in people with dementia.
Strength of recommendation: CONDITIONAL
Quality of evidence: VERY LOW

Carer psychological strain should be addressed with support, counselling, and/or cognitive-behaviour interventions.
Strength of recommendation: STRONG
Quality of evidence: VERY LOW

Depression in carers should be managed according to the recommendations for depression (see depression guidelines).
Strength of recommendation: STRONG
Quality of evidence: VERY LOW