Best Practice Caregiving is a new online database through which consumers can find programs that support family members and friends caring for people living with dementia. The database serves as a single source of detailed information on more than 40 programs from across the U.S. For the first time, health care and community service organizations, provider organizations, funders, and policy makers have an easy-to-use, comprehensive resource to learn about and compare many of the top dementia caregiving programs.
Three years in the making, Best Practice Caregiving is a product of the collaboration among three leading organizations in the field of aging and caregiving. The organizations include Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging, Center for Research & Education; Family Caregiver Alliance: National Center on Caregiving; and The Gerontological Society of America.
Best Practice Caregiving is a free, searchable web-based tool that includes information on each program’s evidence base, implementation requirements, as well as information about the implementation experiences of organizations that have delivered the programs. The tool provides information about the focus of each program; service delivery method; research findings; real-world experiences of organizations and professionals that have implemented the program; and program developer and distributor information. To be included in the database, the following criteria must be met: published research with positive caregiver outcomes; program feasibility; and permission or license to use the program.
The Gerontological Society of America is an interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. The principal mission of the Society—and its 5,500 plus members—is to advance the study of aging and disseminate information among scientists, decision makers, and the general public.
Founded in 1908, Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging is a nationally recognized Cleveland-based non-profit whose mission is to advance support for older adults and caregivers. This work is accomplished by deepening the understanding of their evolving needs in a changing society; promoting effective public policies; and developing and delivering innovative, high-quality solutions, including evidence-based programs that are tested and proven by research to achieve beneficial outcomes for consumers.
Established in 1977, the Family Caregiver Alliance supports and assists caregivers through education, services, research, and advocacy. The programs support and sustain the important work of families and friends caring for loved ones with chronic, disabling health conditions.
This was reported by the Gerontological Society of America on January 9, 2020.
Contact information: Todd Kluss, Director of Communications & Editor of Gerontology News, The Gerontological Society of America, 1220 L Street NW, Suite 901, Washington, District of Columbia 20005; 202-587-2839; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: www.geron.org
Contact information: Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging, 11890 Fairhill Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44120; 216-791-8000; Website: www.benrose.org/home
Contact information: Family Caregiver Alliance, National Center on Caregiving, 101 Montgomery Street, Suite 2150, San Francisco, California 94104; 800-445-8106; Website: www.caregiver.org