The Care Team Connect solution helps home care providers deploy tablets to personalize dementia care engagement.

Pilot studies show:

  • Enhanced quality of life for clients
  • Improved caregiver recruitment and retention
  • Extended client length of stay in home
  • Increased family engagement
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Enhance Client Well Being

Empower Caregivers to Connect

Support Aging in Place

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Improve quality of life for clients living with dementia.

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Reduce turnover for your most challenging cases.  

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Establish routines that prevent unecessary transitions in care.

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Enhance Client Well Being

Improve quality of life for clients living with dementia.


Empower Caregivers to Connect

Reduce turnover for your most challenging cases.  


Support Aging in Place

Establish routines that prevent unecessary transitions in care.

The Approach: Mobile Apps for Dementia Engagement

Home Care Providers are utilizing mobile app solutions to help people with dementia feel calm, safe, and connected

A majority of people that are living with dementia want to remain at home, but they need the support of personal care aides, home health aides and/or nursing assistants to age in place.

Dementia-related symptoms can make providing care difficult for care workers. These challenges include:

  • Communication challenges - People with short-term memory loss often become less social. They recognize that their memory skills are declining and keep to themselves to avoid uncomfortable situations.
  • Client anxiety - People that are living with dementia experience time confusion. Their past becomes their reality, and unsettling feelings of not being in the right place cause anxiety.
  • Client boredom - Certain leisure activities - such as reading, puzzles, or even watching certain television programs - become frustrating and no longer enjoyable.


Frontline caregivers can use mobile apps for a variety of dementia engagement activities.

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Creating Personalized Music Playlists

Research shows that personalized music can improve quality of life for people living with dementia.

  • Music's Connection to Memories - The brain region linked to memories is activated by familiar music. It just so happens - the same brain region is one of the last areas affected by Alzheimer's and dementia.
  • Music's Ability to Inspire Movement and Routines - Music can help caregivers with dressing, bathing, and other daily routines.
  • Music Lifts Moods - Music can redirect attention and lift the mood of the room during stressful situations.
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Viewing Meaningful Photos & Videos

Personally meaningful photos and videos can inspire reminisicing and socialization.

  • Connecting with Love Ones - Viewing photos and videos from loved ones can help people with memory loss feel supported and loved.
  • Reminiscing with YouTube - Watching live music performances, classic TV shows, or other videos related to meaningful topics can make time spent together more enjoyable.
  • Capturing Special Moments - Caregivers can take photographs to capture special outings or visitis from loved ones.
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Engaging the Mind with Stimulating Apps

Tablet activities can help care teams keep clients' minds active.

  • Playing Games - Certain games and puzzles can be enjoyable for people of varying abilities and interests.
  • Creating Art - Digital coloring books and other art apps can provide opportunities for creative expression.
  • Relaxing Soundscapes - Sounds of nature, white nosie, and comforting visuals can help with relaxation.

Enhance Client Well Being

Focus on Client Engagement to Improve Clinical Outcomes

THE CHALLENGE: BEHAVIORAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL SYMPTOMS (BPSD)

Behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia affect up to 90% of all people with dementia over the course of their illness.  

Symptoms include:

  • agitation & irritability
  • abnormal motor behavior
  • anxiety & depression
  • apathy & disinhibition
  • delusions & hallucinations
  • sleep or appetite changes


These symptoms are associated with poor outcomes, including distress among patients and caregivers, misuse of medication, and increased health care costs.

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There are several factors that can make symptoms worse:

  • Self-consciousness and masking - As communication becomes more challenging, people with dementia may become increasingly reserved or introverted. This can be a way of avoiding feeling foolish or misunderstood.
  • Inability to self-initiate - While there are many activities that people with dementia can enjoy, they often need help initiating these activities. Without support, these symptoms can be made worse stuck in negative emotional states.
  • Family withdrawal and stigma - As a person's abilities decline, they are no longer able to interact with loved ones as they once had. This can result in loved ones visiting or engaging the client less frequently.


There is a critical need to limit BPSD by helping people with dementia feel safe and connected.


THE SOLUTION: STRENGTH-BASED ENGAGEMENT

Many skills and abilities are lost to dementia. Activities that require processing information or learning new skills become increasingly difficult. Activities that require logic and memory include (but are not limited to):

  • Remembering recent events, names
  • Reading books or articles
  • Watching television shows with lots of dialogue or elaborate plots
  • Finding the right words to express thoughts


Despite the losses, many skills and abilities remain. People with dementia can engage with the world throughout the progression of the disease. Care partners can focus on strengths - activities and topics that come naturally. Strength-based engagement helps care recipients feel comfortable, despite being forgetful. Activities that come naturally include:

  • Listening to personally meaningful music
  • Reminiscing about topics or stories that evoke positive emotions
  • Appreciating nature or beauty
  • Engaging in activities that are connected to past experiences


Home care providers can use mobile apps to help dementia caregivers facilitate engagement activities. The following case study explains how forward-thinking health care providers used iPads to improve quality of life for people living with dementia.


DEMENTIA CASE STUDY: MOOD MANAGEMENT

Learn how health care providers used tablets to personalize dementia care engagement, and improve mood management for people living with dementia.

This dementia case study includes:

  • An overview of a research study that was published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research in 2019
  • Description of participating health care providers
  • Engagement planning intervention overview
  • Analysis of 1,000+ tablet engagement sessions by third-party researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Plans for future research studies
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Empower Caregivers to Connect

Reduce Turnover by Elevating the Role of the Caregiver

THE CHALLENGE: CAREGIVER TURNOVER

There is a nationwide caregiver shortage, as the demand for caregivers continues to rise. Over the next decade, growth within the direct care workforce will outpace every other occupation in the country. 

At the same time, millions of personal care aides, home health aides, and nursing assistants are leaving the direct care workforce for other occupations. According to a benchmarking study by Home Care Pulse, the median caregiver turnover rate hit an all-time high of 82% in 2018. 

Simply put - the need for caregivers is growing, while the pool of willing caregivers is shrinking.

There is a critical need to recruit new workers and reduce turnover within this workforce.

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THE SOLUTION: HELP CAREGIVERS CONNECT WITH CLIENTS

Dementia care can be incredibly fulfilling and enjoyable. When caregivers earn the trust and admiration of clients, they are more likely to continue working in the field.

At the same time, dementia care can be stressful. If caregivers are unable to connect with clients, they are more likely to become frustrated and seek employment elsewhere.

Care organizations can help caregivers make connections by:

  • Making discovery of client life stories, passions, and music preferences part of care approach.
  • Providing caregivers with ideas and resources for personalizing engagement activities.
  • Incorporating meaningful activities into care plans and daily routines.


Our team developed a mobile app for dementia caregivers - designed to support personalized engagement. The following case study explains how a home care provider used our app to support caregiver engagement, and reduce turnover for their most difficult clients.


DEMENTIA CASE STUDY: REDUCING CAREGIVER TURNOVER

Learn how caregiver tablet engagement helped one home care provider drastically reduce caregiver turnover for their most challenging cases.

This dementia case study includes:

  • Description of client challenges
  • Caregiver turnover statistics
  • Description of mobile app for caregiver intervention
  • Caregiver turnover outcomes
  • Care staff feedback
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Support Aging in Place

Help people with dementia age in place until end of life

THE CHALLENGE: CARE TRANSITIONS

The progression of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias is often slow and uncertain. Studies show that people age 65 and older survive an average of 4 to 8 years after a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s dementia, yet some live as long as 20 years.  

Most people that are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or a similar dementia strive to maintain independence, and want to remain in their home as long as possible. Despite the desire to age in place, most people living with dementia transition into a nursing home or memory care facility.

At age 80, approximately 75 percent of people living with Alzheimer’s dementia are expected to live in a nursing home compared with only 4 percent of the general population at age 80.

Transitions in care can be difficult for people living with dementia. The move into a nursing home or memory care facility can make challenging symptoms worse. 

A change of living arrangements can cause issues, including:

  • Missing the comfort of home - Living in a new environment can intensify anxiety and confusion symptoms.
  • Adapting to group routines - Establishing personalized routines can help people with dementia maintain independence and quality of life. In most care facilities, recipients must adapt to a group schedule.
  • Increased risk of conflict - Many care facilities require seniors to live with others who have similar conditions. This can become an issue in group enviroments. When one resident experiences distress or becomes upset, it can be troubling for others.


There is a critical need to help people with dementia age in place. 


THE SOLUTION: LATE STAGE DEMENTIA CARE IN THE HOME

There are endless factors to consider when helping a loved one with dementia make living arrangements. Families need to balance the care recipient's wishes with other important considerations, such as:

  • Safety
  • Financial resources
  • Family caregiver stress


Many families want to keep their loved ones at home, but as symptoms worsen, they decide to transition into a care facility. While some transitions are necessary, there's an opportunity to help more families provide late stage dementia care in the home.

The home can be an effective environment for late stage dementia, especially if families and home care providers work together to ensure:

  • Support - The company of supportive and reliable people is essential.
  • Routines - Consistency is key to maintaining a comfortable lifestyle.
  • Purpose - Maintaining purpose and connecting with others is vital throughout all stages of care.


Our team partnered with home care providers to develop technology for caregivers. The following case study describes how providers used our mobile app for caregivers and customized tablets to help clients age in place.


DEMENTIA CASE STUDY: AGING IN PLACE

Learn how caregiver tablet engagement helped one home care provider help high-need clients age in place.

This dementia case study includes:

  • Client challenges
  • Family caregiver challenges
  • Description of intervention
  • Family satisfaction outcomes
  • Client length of services, lifetime value
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