CMC Joins Forces with UC Berkeley for Caregiver Technology Study
Columbus Memory Center onboard as the only East Coast enrollment site
Columbus Memory Center will support University of California, Berkeley researchers in an innovative study focusing on an in-home technology system designed to reduce negative effects on dementia caregivers.
The nine-month study includes installing various sensors that monitor motion, entrance ways, temperature and water. The sensors, which do not include video cameras or microphones, alert caregivers to patient risks such as potential falls, episodes of wandering, water leaks and forgotten stovetops.
In addition, there’s an app which promotes social connectedness by allowing caregivers to effortlessly receive pictures and updates from family and friends and quickly share any alerts detected by the in-home monitoring system with a network identified by the caregiver.
All technology is provided and installed for free by pre-determined tech nicians in the area.
At the conclusion of the study, participants will receive a stipend and the option to keep the installed equipment at no cost.Only caregivers are participants in this research.
Eligible caregivers must live with a loved one diagnosed with dementia or mild cognitive impairment (MCI), be fluent/literate in English, own an iPhone or Android smart phone, have in-home wireless internet and live in and around Las Vegas, NV, Columbus, GA, Portland, OR, or the California Bay Area.
Researchers estimate total involvement of caregivers over this period to be 6 hours total.
Interested dementia caregivers should contact Columbus Memory Center at 706-327-4000 or visit https://www.columbusmemorycenter.com/in-home-caregiver-study for next steps in the enrollment process.
Courtesy: Tyrone McCoy, Columbus Memory Center