Background on I-CareD

The UCLA Multicampus Program in Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology is creating a new model of improved training and support for caregivers of person with dementia, developed in conjunction with the UCLA Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care (ADC) program. Through the education and training of caregivers, the program will triage caregivers into individually tailored training paths that include one or more components depending upon the caregivers’ needs.

  1. The first component, Caregiver 101 education series, will provide caregivers with a personalized curriculum based on the stage and type of dementia, status of the caregiver (paid or unpaid), and caregiver learning preferences (text, web-based, video).
  2. The second component, Caregiver Bootcamp, is an intensive one-day training led by UCLA experts in dementia care and supplemented by skill-based interactive standardized patient stations and an on-site support group.
  3. The third component, Tailored Multi-component Caregiver Training program, is for caregivers with high stress and depression scores and will pair the caregiver with a trainer who will provide one-on-one education and support. The trainers for the TMCT program are MSW interns.

Background on the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care (ADC) Program

The UCLA Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care (ADC) program seeks to improve dementia care by addressing gaps in dementia care, including the paucity of support and training for caregivers. Through a Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) grant and support from philanthropy and the UCLA Health System, the program has seen over 1300 patients with dementia since patient enrollment began in July 2012. Each patient is assigned a Dementia Care Manager (DCM) who is a geriatric nurse practitioner who meets with the patient and caregiver(s) meet and performs an assessment of the caregiver’s needs, including measures of caregiver stress and depression and an inventory of the functional assistance needs of the care recipient.

The UCLA ADC program recognizes the importance of addressing the education and support needs of dementia caregivers and has sought ways to fill these needs by partnering with community-based organizations and producing educational resources in various formats. However, there is a subset of caregivers—primarily those providing care for persons with significant behavioral and functional needs with deficient social support—who have not taken advantage of our educational offerings. Common reasons cited include lack of time, inability to arrange for an alternate caregiver to provide coverage while the caregiver receives training, limited health literacy, lack of computer access, and learning style/preference issues. The ADC program does not currently have the requisite resources to adequately address this group of caregivers who are at the highest risk of experiencing stress and adverse outcomes. This group includes both informal (unpaid) and formal (paid) caregivers.

Learn more about the ADC program at care.uclahealth.org.