Monetary cost of family caregiving for people with dementia in Singapore

Woo, Lai Leng, Thompson, Claire L., and Magadi, Harish (2017) Monetary cost of family caregiving for people with dementia in Singapore. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 71. pp. 59-65.

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Abstract

This study quantified the monetary cost of family caregiving for 51 patients with different severity of dementia. The mean annual informal cost of care was higher (M = SG$44,530.55, SD = SG$31,354.82) compared to the mean annual formal cost of care (M = SG$25,654.11, SD = SG$10,016.48). Costs were found to increase with severity of dementia (Severe: SG$47,251.30; Moderate: SG$38,607.84; Mild: SG $13,847.68). For each point increase in CMMSE scores, the informal cost lowered by SG$1,173.94. There was a significant negative correlation of cost and cognitive impairment but not functional impairment. The informal cost of care did not vary much with or without the use of day care centres, however the costs for those who did not have domestic helpers (DHs) was more than twice the costs for those with DHs. Results from this study show there were cost savings in care of people with dementia with DHs.

Item ID: 50530
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0167-4943
Keywords: Dementia, RUD, cognitive, functional, Barthel
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2017 09:56
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920206 Health Policy Economic Outcomes @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health @ 50%
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