Support workers and caregivers are critical to support people with cognitive decline in accessing health services and facilitating the uptake of interventions.
In 2012 a network of researchers was formed to focus on research on support workers and caregivers in the aged care sector. This network is led by Prof Leigh Hale from the Centre for Health, Activity, and Rehabilitation Research at the School of Physiotherapy.
Well-being and coping skills of informal carers of stroke survivors
This research study aims to create a mental wellness programme to improve well-being and coping skills of informal carers of stroke survivors.
Valuing those supporting people living with cognitive decline
Funded by New Zealand Brain Health Core
Principal research questions:
1. How can support workers and carers supporting older adults with cognitive decline be valued for the important work they do?
2. How can this knowledge be used to enable support workers and carers supporting older adults with cognitive decline optimise access to services and interventions for those living with cognitive decline?
Professor Leigh Hale (Otago) email@example.com
Dr Nicola Kayes (AUT)
Prof Pauline Norris (Otago)
Dr Bronwyn Boon
Dr Mary Butler (OT, Otago Polytech),
Michelle Holland (Otago Polytech),
Esther Ngocha-Chaderopa (Waiariki Institute of Technology),
Dr Barbara McKenzie-Green (AUT University)
Karol Czuba (AUT University)
Jennifer Angelo (Concordia University)
Hale, L. A., Jenkins, M. L., Mayland, B., Buttery, Y., Norris, P., Butler, M., … Kayes, N. (2019). Living with dementia: The felt worth of support workers. Ageing & Society. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1017/S0144686X19001636
Hale, L., Mayland, E., Jenkins, M., Buttery, Y., Norris, P., Butler, M., … Ngocha-Chaderopa, E., … Kayes, N. (2019). Constructing normalcy in dementia care: Carers' perceptions of their roles and the supports they need. Gerontologist. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnz151
Wilkinson, A., Meikle, N., Law, P., Yong, H. J., Butler, P., Kim, J., Mulligan, H., & Hale, L. (2018). How older adults and their informal carers prevent falls: An integrative review of the literature. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 82, 13-19. doi: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2018.03.002
George, E., Hale, L., & Angelo, J. (2017). Valuing the health of the support worker in the aged care sector. Ageing & Society, 37(5), 1006-1024. doi: 10.1017/S0144686X16000131
Chang, V., Hiller, C., Keast, E., Nicholas, P., Su, M., & Hale, L. (2013). Musculoskeletal disorders in support workers in the aged care sector. Physical Therapy Reviews, 18(3), 185-206
McPherson KM, Kayes NK, Moloczij N, Cummins C. Improving the interface between informal carers and formal health and social services: A qualitative study. International Journal of Nursing Studies 2013. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2013.07.006
Ngocha-Chaderopa NE and Boon B.(2015) Managing for quality aged residential care with a migrant workforce. Journal of Management & Organization, pp 1 - 17
Caregivers, carers, and support workers in the aged care sector. 7 June 2018. Read more and view videos from the speakers.