Caregiver for a relative with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia
Relative living in nursing home, assisted living, or similar kind of care setting
Considered the most involved in visiting and helping the relative
If on psychotropic medications, such as anti-depressants or anti-psychotics, the caregiver will be eligible if they have remained on a stable dosage for the last 3 months
Caregivers who are participating in any other type of service that provides one-to-one psychosocial consultation (support groups excluded)
About the Study:
The Residential Care Transition Module (RCTM) researchers are studying the effects of a counseling and educational program to support people with a relative with memory loss who lives in a care facility. The study provides telephone counseling sessions for family caregivers as they adjust to their new role and navigate care following their relative’s move to a nursing home, assisted living, or similar kind of care setting. If you have moved a family member to one of these types of places, no matter how long ago, this study may be right for you.
Families can often use information and support after a loved one enters a residential setting, and this study is designed to evaluate whether the RCTM can provide such comprehensive support.
What is Involved:
If you are determined to be eligible, you will
Complete a 45-minute survey
Be randomly assigned to either the RCTM counseling or the control group
Complete 3 more surveys (at 4, 8, and 12 months)
If you are in the RCTM counseling group:
6 sessions of counseling
With a trained transition coach
Will last between 1-2 hours.
We may ask you to do an additional interview over the phone. The purpose of this interview is to get your feedback on the program.
If you are in the control group:
A trained transition coach will check in on you every 4 months to see how you are doing and can provide resources or referrals to services.
All who participate will be paid $25 at the conclusion of the initial, 4 month, 8 month, and 12 month surveys.
University of Minnesota School of Public Health
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