Care to Plan: An Online Tool That Offers Tailored Support to Dementia Caregivers
Authors: Joseph E. Gaugler, PhD, Mark Reese, MA, LMFT and Richard Tanler, BS.
Even with the advent of evidence-based interventions, an ongoing concern in clinical practice is how to help dementia caregivers determine what type of support is best for them absent a laborious process of trial and error. To help address this practice gap, the present study developed and tested the feasibility of “Care to Plan” (CtP), an online resource for dementia caregivers (e.g., relatives or unpaid non-relatives) that generates tailored support recommendations.
By describing, identifying, and prioritizing support, CtP could help to improve the care planning process for dementia caregivers. Future dissemination efforts should aim to demonstrate how CtP can be implemented seamlessly within current family caregiver support systems.