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The Effects of a Dementia Nurse Care Manager on Improving Caregiver Outcomes

The effects of a dementia nurse care manager on improving caregiver outcomes

Citation Specht, J., Bossen, A., Hall, G.R., Zimmerman, B., & Russell, J. (2009). The effects of a dementia nurse care manager on improving caregiver outcomes. American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias, 24(3) 193-207

The Effect of a Disease Management Intervention on . . . Dementia Care

The effect of a disease management intervention on quality and outcomes of dementia care

Citation Vickery, B., Mittman, B., Connor, K., Pearson, M., Della Penna, R., Ganiats, T., DeMonte, R.,Chodosh, J., Cui, X., Vassar, S., Duan, N. & Lee, M. (2006). The effect of a disease management intervention on quality and outcomes of dementia care. Annals of Internal Medicine, 145(10), 713-726.

Design Randomized, controlled trial

The Cleveland Alzheimer's Managed Care Demonstration: Outcomes

The cleveland alzheimer's managed care demonstration: Outcomes after 12 months of implementation

Citation Bass, D., Clark, P., Looman, W., McCarthy, C. & Eckert, S. (2003). The cleveland alzheimer's managed care demonstration: Outcomes after 12 months of implementation. The Gerontologist, 43(1), 73-85.

Design Randomized trial

Participants The participants of this study were N=157 family caregivers of a person with Alzheimer's disease.

Geriatric care management for low-income seniors

Geriatric care management for low-income seniors

Citation Counsell, S. R. et al. (2007). Geriatric care management for low income seniors. The Journal of the American Medical Society, 298(22), 2623-2633.

Design Randomized controlled trial

Purpose The purpose of this study was to test the effectiveness of a geriatric care management model on improving the quality of care for low-income seniors in primary care.

Effects of guided care on family caregivers

Effects of guided care on family caregivers

Citation Wolff, J. L. et al. Effects of guided care on family caregivers. The Gerontologist. Advance Access published online: August 26, 2009.

Design Experiment

Purpose The purpose of this study was to determine whether Guided Care (GC) improves patients' primary caregivers' depressive symptoms, strain, productivity, and perceptions of the quality of care recipients' chronic illness care.

Effects of a home environmental skill-building program . . .

Effects of a home environmental skill-building program on caregivers and care recipients

Citation Corcoran, M., et al. (2003). Effects of the home environmental skill-building program on the caregiver-care recipient dyad: 6-month outcomes from the philadelphia REACH initiative. The Gerontological Society of America, 43 (4), 532 - 546.

Design Randomized controlled

Model Programs

Programs included here were selected for their well recognized contributions to the support of families in their caregiving role. Many of these programs are considered to be authorities in their fields and have been replicated widely. In addition, programs:

Emerging Practices

Programs included here are noted for their successful use of “unconventional” means (such as the arts and multimedia) and foster innovation by bringing services to historically underserved populations, such as ethnic, rural and LGBT communities. New and imaginative supports were central to these programs which may serve as a guide for others attempting to achieve a similar goal. In addition, programs:

Evidence-Based Practices

The practices or interventions included in this section followed an explicit, carefully documented process and produced significant results on caregiver outcome variables (e.g. lowered caregiver depression, introduced novel coping skills etc) or offered valuable insight into some aspect of family caregiving. These interventions were selected after careful review of the literature and were further discussed with experts in the field. In addition, the following apply to the selected practices:

Caregivers Count Too! Section 2: Why Are Family Caregivers Vital?

Why Family Caregivers are Vital to Health Care and Long-Term Care

Many people rely on them . . .

  • Most people (80%) who need LTC supportive services live at home or in community settings, not in institutions.
  • More than 78% of adults who receive LTC at home get all their care from unpaid family and friends.

Family caregivers fill big gaps in health and long-term care . . .

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