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Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen. 2013 Jun;28(4):348-54. doi: 10.1177/1533317513488917. Epub 2013 May 15.

Safe home program: a suite of technologies to support extended home care of persons with dementia.

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James A. Haley Veterans Hospital, HSR&D/RR&D Center of Excellence, Tampa, FL 33637, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To report the implementation/adoption of the Safe Home Program to support caregivers of persons with dementia in (1) ongoing surveillance, (2) provision of care, (3) prevention of injuries, and (4) improving home safety.

METHODS:

For this demonstration project 4 assessment questionnaires (Safety Assessment Scale, Vigilance Scale, Peace of Mind Scale, and Sleep Disorders Inventory) were administered to each dyad to understand their technological needs. After identification and installation of appropriate technologies and education of the caregiver, a final visit (at 3 months) determined whether technologies were useful and being used.

RESULTS:

The majority of caregivers utilized technologies for ongoing surveillance; other technologies included an identification program and medication organizer.

CONCLUSION:

Technologies focused on ongoing surveillance for persons with dementia at the home are needed. These technologies could be quickly adopted by caregivers to ameliorate some of the stress and burden associated with providing care for persons with dementia.

KEYWORDS:

caregivers; health care delivery; home care services; safety; wandering behavior

PMID:
23677733
DOI:
10.1177/1533317513488917
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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