Care to Plan is a service for caregivers of patients with memory loss, Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia offered by the Central Alabama Aging Consortium. It is a Caregiver Tool and a Resource Portal.
The Care to Plan tool was developed by the University of Minnesota, School of Nursing, Center on Aging under the direction of Joseph Gaugler, PhD and funded by a grant provided by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The results of Dr. Gaugler’s research were published in The Gerontologist journal published by the Gerontological Society of America.
Acknowledgements and Conflict of Interest Statement.
The service recommendation categories are based on descriptions in Pinquart, M & Sorensen, S. (2006). Helping caregivers of persons with dementia: Which interventions work and how large are their effects? International Psychogeriatrics 18, 577-595
The Family Caregiver Needs Assessment questions rely largely on the Risk Appraisal Measure reported in Czaja, S.J., Gitlin, L.N., Schulz, R., Zhang, S., Burgio, L.D., Stevens, A.B., Nichols, L.O., & Gallagher-Thompson, D. (2009). Development of the risk appraisal measure: a brief screen to identify risk areas and guide interventions for dementia caregivers. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 57, 1064-1072.
Joseph E. Gaugler, PhD, the Principal Investigator of the project supporting the development of this tool, is a paid scientific consultant of HealthCare Interactive® the company that sells the online psychoeducational program “The Savvy Caregiver,” which is recommended as part of this online care planning tool.
The enabling technologies are developed and hosted by ProValens. Inc. a company affiliated wth the University of Minnesota’s venture center.