Commentary on in-home monitoring support for dementia caregivers: Feasibility study
- Aud, M. A.
- Commentary on in-home monitoring support for dementia caregivers: Feasibility study
- Clinical Nursing Research
Comments on an article by Kristine Williams, Anne Arthur, Michelle Niedens, Lois Moushey, Lewis Hutfles (see record 2013-14270-001). Williams et al. assessed the feasibility of a telehealth intervention to support family caregivers of persons with dementia in home settings. The authors identify two major concerns of family caregivers: how to best communicate with the person with dementia and how to cope with disruptive behaviors. They list three types of disruptive behaviors: vocalizations, wandering, and physical aggression. Both communication problems and coping with disruptive behaviors are potential sources of increased caregiver stress and increased caregiver burden. William et al. describe an individualized approach using telehealth technologies to connect the family caregiver to an interdisciplinary team with expertise in dementia care. The use of technology as described by the authors facilitates provision of timely information to the family caregiver. The family caregiver does not have to wait until a visit to the healthcare provider to discuss issues with communication and behavior management; weekly feedback is provided.