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People living with dementia can experience a range of behaviours that can be described as distressed. As most research on distressed reactions has been carried out in care homes, this study explores how family carers of people living with dementia make sense of distressed reactions in home settings, as well as the strategies they have used to manage them. In-depth interviews were conducted with nine carers. The following themes were explored: understandings of distressed reactions; the perceived causes of distressed reactions; and the consequences and management of distressed reactions. Recommendations indicate the specific support that carers require to help them provide appropriate care.

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This chapter examines the issue of combining paid work with the care of a disabled or seriously ill partner in England and Australia. It begins by using survey data on working-age partner-carers’ demographic characteristics, participation in paid employment, the services and welfare benefits they access, their reasons for leaving paid work and their future employment plans. In both countries, carers of a disabled or seriously ill partner tend to be older than carers of other people, have heavier care responsibilities, and are more likely to be in paid employment. Approximately half of English and Australian partner carers are men, a much higher percentage than carers of other people. In both countries, there are no support services dedicated specifically to partner-carers, although they have access to policies and initiatives available to carers in general. Case studies are used to illustrate the challenges faced by partner-carers in trying to reconcile their caring and employment roles, and recent policy developments in each country and their implications for this group of carers are discussed. The chapter concludes by considering the effectiveness of the support available to partner-carers and the implications of the evidence available for future policy development.

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