Family Caregiver Self-Management of the Unmet Needs of Persons with Dementia
Among the community dwelling elders 65 and older 15% of men and 11% of women are living with moderate to severe memory impairment and the percent affected increases with age. In addition, community dwelling elders report numerous chronic medical conditions that cause pain, such as diabetes and arthritis. According to experts in the field, recognizing, assessing and treating pain in the elderly, particularly those with dementia, requires one to take into account a number of critical factors. While interventions such as Kovach’s Serial Trial Intervention have been introduced into the long term care setting what is not evident in the literature is an intervention appropriate for the community setting.
This project is an expansion of a currently funded study evaluating the feasibility and efficacy of the Caregiver Self-Management of Unmet Needs (C-SUM). The intervention is intended to teach family caregivers to self-manage the needs of their family members living with dementia to prevent unmet needs. By making the caregiver the primary assessor, makes this a more realistic model for more widespread use in the community setting. Other objectives include:
June 1, 2008 – December 31, 2009
Center for Urban Population Health’s Center Scientist Development Program through the Wisconsin Partnership Fund
University Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Nursing
Sarah W. Morgan, PhD, RN