A program for family caregivers
Caregivers are people who provide support to a person with a physical, emotional or mental disability. A family caregiver refers to those who provide unpaid “informal” care to a family member or friend. We are a resource for all caregivers, particularly those caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.
Our mission and vision
Our mission is to improve the quality of life for family caregivers and those they care for with evidence-based services, support, education and research. We envision partnering with the community in creating a better-coordinated, more integrated network of services and evidence-based model of care that will support the physical, emotional, and social health of the families of persons with Alzheimer’s and other dementias and those they care for
We achieve this by focusing on:
- Educational training for each stage of care, including new diagnosis for caregivers and patients, behavioral management, navigating family dynamics, advance planning, legal and financial preparation, transitioning to long-term care, and grief and loss support
- Hands-on skills training
- Social engagement for caregivers and their loved ones
- Peer support training
- Facilitated support groups lead by health care professionals
- Research and program evaluation
- Rural community outreach and education
What we do
Education, training, & resources
We provide the education for caregivers to learn the skills to care for their loved ones and the resources to maintain self-care.
– Essentials of caregiving classes
– Caregiver skills training workshops
– Memory cafés
– Virtual dementia tour
Outreach and advocacy
We partner with local agencies focusing on care and research, to raise awareness and promote a “dementia friendly” community.
– Community partnership
– Community Advisory Board
– Rural community outreach and intervention
Our researchers are dedicated to identifying effective interventions to address the strain and burden associated with family caregiving.
– Program evaluation
– Community-based participatory research
– Collaboration with research partners