Education and Support Programs for Caregivers

Research, Practice, Policy

  • Ronald W. Toseland
  • David H. Haigler
  • Deborah J. Monahan

Part of the Caregiving: Research, Practice, Policy book series (CARE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Deborah J. Monahan, David H. Haigler, Ronald W. Toseland
    Pages 1-12
  3. Meridean L. Maas, Janet P. Specht
    Pages 73-84
  4. Ronald W. Toseland, Tamara L. Smith, Kimberly P. McClive-Reed
    Pages 125-147
  5. Ronald W. Toseland, David H. Haigler, Deborah J. Monahan
    Pages 149-158
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 159-165

About this book


For many, caring for a chronically ill family member is “the right thing to do”, but it is also often a source of emotional hardship, physical stress, and social isolation. In response, skill-building, coping, and psychoeducational programs have emerged to help caregivers meet the changes and challenges in their – as well as the patients’ – lives.

Education and Support Programs for Caregivers reveals the diversity of the caregiver population as well as their experiences and needs, and it introduces an empirically solid framework for planning, implementing, and evaluating caregiver programs. The book synthesizes current trends, exploring the effectiveness of different types of programs (e.g., clinic, community, home based) and groups (e.g., peer, professional, self-help), and how supportive programs lead to improved care.

Coverage includes:

  • Improving service delivery of education and support programs to underserved caregivers.
  • Cultural, ethnic, and gender issues in conducting caregiver education and support groups.
  • Utilization patterns (e.g., a key to understanding service needs).
  • E-health, telehealth, and other technological developments in caregiver services.
  • Evaluating the effectiveness and sustainability of programs.
  • Recommendations for future practice, training, policy, and advocacy.

Education and Support Programs for Caregivers offers a wealth of insights and ideas for researchers, practitioners, and graduate students across the caregiving fields, including psychology, social work, public health, geriatrics and gerontology, and medicine as well as public and education policy makers.


Aging Caregivers Caregiving Culture Diversity Education Elderly Ethnicity Evidence-based Families Gender Geriatrics Gerontology Health Care Illness Nursing Palliative care Public health Public policy RCI Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving Social Work Support groups Telehealth

Editors and affiliations

  • Ronald W. Toseland
    • 1
  • David H. Haigler
    • 2
  • Deborah J. Monahan
    • 3
  1. 1.Inst. GerontologyState University of New York, AlbanyAlbanyUSA
  2. 2.Rosalynn Carter Inst. CaregivingGeorgia Southwestern State UniversityOglethorpeUSA
  3. 3.College of Human Ecology, School of Social WorkSyracuse UniversitySyracuseUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-8030-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-8031-1
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
Industry Sectors
Health & Hospitals