Your cognition is within a normal range.You live with a Veteran who has dementia.
Over the last three months, you have provided at least seven hours of care per week for a Veteran with dementia.
You have distress associated with caregiving, such as feeling overwhelmed, like you often need to cry, angry or frustrated, cut off from family or friends, stressed, or have experienced a decline in your own health.
You have wireless internet access.
You may not be eligible for this study if:
You have dementia.
You have a serious psychiatric condition, such as psychosis, suicidality / homicidality, or dependence on drugs or alcohol.
You are under the influence of alcohol during any of the study activities.
The Veteran family member that you provide care for is planned to enter a nursing home, or to have a new caregiver, within the next 6 months.
You have participated in another caregiver treatment study within the past year.
You do not have regular access to internet and a telephone.
About the Study:
According to VA estimates, nearly 500,000 Veterans suffer from dementia. To address the high burden of caring for a Veteran with dementia, the purpose of this research is to study the effects of a rehabilitative intervention delivered via mobile tablets (e.g., iPad) directly to the homes of caregivers. The tablets will be customized with educational and skill resources.
The purpose of this study is to test the effects of a tablet-based education and skill-building intervention on family caregivers of Veterans with dementia.
What is Involved:
Caregivers will be randomly assigned to either receive paper educational materials related to dementia and caregiving or receive a customized tablet (e.g., iPad), which will be used to participate in a brief series of education and skill sessions led by a dementia expert delivered directly to participant homes over the internet. The tablets will come preloaded with caregiver resources that can be accessed at any time.
The mobile tablet intervention consists of four weekly sessions followed by an additional booster session one month later.
During these sessions, caregivers will learn about dementia and the diseases that cause it, learn ways to cope with the stress of caring for a loved one with dementia, build communication skills, and be connected to various resources available to caregivers both within the VA and through other local and national organizations.
We will follow up with caregivers for an assessment 3 months after the intervention.
There is no cost to caregivers for participation. Caregivers will be reimbursed $25 for the four training sessions and $25 for each assessment and booster session, with total compensation ranging from $50-$100.