Date of Defense




First Advisor

Dr. Joni Jones

Second Advisor

Dr. Mary Lagerwey

Third Advisor

Pat Fuehr


The purpose of this descriptive study was to evaluate the impact of adult day care centers (ADC) on the perceived stress of the caregivers of loved ones with dementia and on their perceptions of their loved one's level of functioning or quality of life. Five caregivers whom had a loved one attending the same ADC were interviewed to obtain qualitative data concerning their perceptions about ADC utilization. Two assessment tools, the Caregiver Strain Index and the QA Study Assessment Tool were also used to determine quantitatively the impact of adult day care attendance on caregiver stress. The results suggested that ADC attendance lessened the overall amount of perceived caregiver stress, but that a significant level of stress remained. Additionally, the caregivers' perception regarding the quality of the life and functioning of their loved one decreased over time, most likely related to the progressive nature of dementia.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access

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Nursing Commons