Familycare: Insights to Evaluation Results of a Mobile Dementia Coaching for Informal Caregivers (78843)

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Familycare is an evaluation-project of the mobile dementia coaching, which is offered by a social organization in Carinthia, Austria. The aim of the program is to relieve the burden on family caregivers of people with dementia, to educate them through knowledge transfer and to prevent health risk factors. The research design of the evaluation is based on a mixed-methods approach: descriptive-quantitative questionnaires and qualitative interviews were conducted with the target group. This conference paper presents the research design and the evaluation results.
The research results show, that half of the people surveyed feel very or extremely burdened by caring. This is accompanied by a lack of information about the clinical picture of dementia and possible support services. The use of the coaching shows that almost 95% of the people surveyed stated that they found the service helpful or very helpful. Just as many people would recommend the service to others. The results also show that the coaching enables family caregivers to better understand the clinical picture of dementia and to better take on their own role as informal caregivers. It is possible to turn to the coaching team with questions, which on the one hand provides security and on the other hand gives the feeling that caregiving relatives are not alone, as the data shows. Self-care and setting boundaries are further things that family caregivers were able to learn through this coaching. The evaluation results thus confirm positive effects, which include reducing loneliness and promoting recognition for informal caregivers.

Christine Pichler, Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, Austria

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Dr Christine Pichler is a University Professor/Principal Lecturer at Carinthia University of Applied Sciences in Austria

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00