A Study of In-Home Technology for Dementia Caregivers

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UC Berkeley researchers are evaluating an in-home technology system designed to reduce worry and loneliness of dementia caregivers. Eligible caregivers must enroll by October 2019, live in the Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orange County or the Bay Area, live with a person diagnosed with dementia, be fluent/literate in English, own an iPhone, and have in-home wireless internet.

The technology includes various sensors monitoring motion, entrance ways, temperature and water. The system alerts caregivers to risks like potential falls, episodes of wandering, water leaks, forgotten stove-tops and more. The intervention also includes a "Social Connector" app that allows the caregiver to effortlessly receive pictures and updates from family and friends, as well as to quickly share any alerts detected by the in-home monitoring system with their network. All technology is provided and installed at no cost and caregivers can keep the technology at the end of the study. The sensors in the home do not include video cameras or microphones.

The study lasts 9 months. Researchers estimate total involvement of caregivers over this period to be 6 hours total. Only caregivers are participants in this research. In addition to having the system professionally installed, participation includes completing 4 online questionnaires. Caregivers will be paid $175 for completing all questionnaires and partial payment will be provided if they only complete part of the study.

To see if you qualify, go to https://ucbpsych.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2rdcoeHL98ESY1n. Please contact Scott Newton at (510) 643-8952 or [email protected] if you have any questions.