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Charleston, South Carolina 29425


The goal of this study is to test the efficacy of a mealtime intervention in respite care centers for people with dementia and their caregivers. Mealtimes become more challenging as dementia progresses causing nutritional and behavioral issues in the affected individuals. Using a train-the-trainer program built on the Partners at Meals model, volunteers in respite centers partner with caregivers and develop a mealtime plan that builds on the strengths of the person with dementia, and develop a supportive environment for change. A tele-health component is involved in the communication between the respite center volunteers/staff and families. Recruitment is limited to people attending the particular respite centers.

Study summary:

The goal of this study is to test the efficacy of a mealtime intervention (Partners at Meals) in respite care centers (RCCs) that provide a social model of care for people with dementia living in the community and support for their caregivers. Largely staffed by long-time volunteers, these centers support caregivers' ability to maintain their loved one in the home. Traditionally, support for social activities and mealtime offered by the RCCs cannot be extended to home. In this project, we will use a telehealth interface to provide consultation to family caregivers in the context of home where problems arise. Outcomes include improvements in: a) quality of life (QOL) and nutritional outcomes for people with dementia (PWD) and QOL outcomes for family caregivers (CGs); b) self-efficacy training outcomes for assessing and managing meals for the CGs and the RCC volunteers; and c) sustainability outcomes as determined by directors of the RCCs. Two large RCCs with a total of 5 sites of care in suburban and rural areas of SC will be the sites of this project.


Inclusion Criteria: - Persons with Dementia (PWD): aged ≥ 60 years; attending a participating respite care center (RCC) at least once/week; living with or within the same property as caregiver (CG); diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or related dementia with mild to moderate stage as demonstrated by the Functional Assessment Staging Scale (FAST) of 5 or greater and a MMSE of 12 or above; absence of wasting disorders (e.g., HIV/AIDS, heart or renal failure or COPD, end-stage cancer) ; some supervision required or dysfunctional behavior present (e.g., redirection) - Caregiver (CG): lives with or on same property as the PWD; provides 4 hours or more of care/day; assists with ADLs including meals - Volunteer: present at the RCC at least weekly (at least 4 hours/week); identify as comfortable in the teacher/coach role, and demonstrate ability to use televideo and photograph. - Administrator: worked with the organization for at least 3 months and plans to be in place for at least 9 more months. Exclusion Criteria: - Persons with Dementia (PWD): not receiving enteral feeding or active treatment by a speech pathologist/therapist; not diagnosed with dysphagia as identified by caregiver or on RCC Intake Sheet. Those enrolled in or qualifying for hospice will not be included. - Caregiver (CG); paid for services as caregiver; unable to speak or read English - Volunteer: unable to read and speak English - Administrator: plans to leave organization



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Elaine Amella
MUSC College of Nursing

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Location Contact:

Charleston, South Carolina 29425
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: February 04, 2019

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