Individualized Online Care Planning Tool for Family Members of Persons With Dementia
This study will test an online care planning tool called Care to Plan. The tool is designed to efficiently link dementia caregivers to the services that may be most appropriate for them and suited to the needs of their relatives living with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia.
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- Physician diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia
- Self-identifies as someone who provides support and care to a person with dementia
- Willingness to use Care to Plan
- Resides in one of four Riverside health regions in Virginia (based on zip code)
- History of a serious mental health disorder, the symptoms of which have gotten worse in the last six months OR not receiving steady, ongoing pharmacological or other treatment for these symptoms
There are many interventions designed to help caregivers with the more challenging aspects of dementia care. However, there is a need to understand which caregivers are most likely to benefit from different types of services and to provide more individualized information tailored to the unique needs of caregivers and/or people living with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia (ADRD).
Care to Plan is an online care planning tool designed to offer a more efficient, user-directed process to link dementia caregivers to the services that may be most appropriate for them, based on their needs, the needs of their relatives living with dementia, and other contextual characteristics.
Study participants will be family caregivers of persons with ADRD who seek services in the Riverside Health System in the state of Virginia. Participants will be randomly assigned to either receive the Care to Plan intervention or usual care. Caregiver recipients of the Care to Plan intervention will receive help to enroll in a recommended support service, if desired.
Riverside Health System
Joseph Gaugler, PhD
Care to Plan: Preliminary Efficacy of a Tailored Resource for Family Members of Persons With Dementia