Family caregivers to persons living with dementia increasingly provide complex care tasks, though most (53%) do so without any training. “Complex care” includes medical/nursing tasks, as well as personal care tasks that require disease knowledge. Of the 67% of dementia caregivers who provide complex care, nearly half worry about making a mistake. To help caregivers feel more confident when providing complex care tasks, we developed and conducted a pilot study of the 4-week Learning Skills Together psychoeducation program (LST; N=35). Participants in LST reported high satisfaction with the program and found the information shared about complex care was easy to understand. Pre- and post-test data demonstrated improvements in mean caregiver self-efficacy at both 4-weeks and 8-weeks post-intervention (mean difference (MD)=1.0, SD= 1.6, p-value=0.004 and MD= 1.0, SD=2.2, p-value=0.038, respectively). Results demonstrate the potential for a brief psychoeducational program to prepare caregivers to provide complex care to persons living with dementia.
- Family caregiving
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