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Older Adults and Their Families in a Community Mental Health Center: Strategies for Intervention
Kermit Hamrick; Dan Blazer
Psychiatric Services 1980; doi:
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Older Americans Resources and Services Geriatric Evaluation and Treatment Clinic Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development

Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development Duke University Medical Center Durham, North Carolina

American Psychiatric Association

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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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