This project implements many of the major conclusions of the FP7 project Interlinks which concluded that existing care provision was far from sufficient to meet both older people’s and informal carers’ basic needs and to allow them real choices in how optimum care can be provided and opens a window for future mHealth services.
A common scenario is a person with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or mild to moderate dementia assisted by an informal carer (e.g. family member, migrant worker, volunteer) and by a professional carer (e.g. social worker involved by the municipality or by regional/national social services with the support of GP and specialist (e.g. Neurologist).
In this project, the consortium will validate a novel support tool for caregivers and people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or mild to moderate dementia (referred to as the patient in this project), helping them to maintain Quality of Life (QoL). The tool is based on the established and innovative CAREGIVERSPRO platform. CAREGIVERSPRO reduces burden and support caregiver health and well-being. The result is CAREGIVERSPRO-MMD (CAREGIVERSPRO – Mild to Moderate Dementia): a support tool for the patient and the informal caregiver (also referred to as the dyad in this project), a tool integrating a broader diagnostic approach, incorporating the live-in family caregiver-patient dyad that strengthens self-care and builds community capacity at the point of care in the community.
We will build a new model of integrated care. We will validate the health and economic impact of this new model. The consortium effort as a team will focus on the following five objectives:
1. Adding new services on an existing innovative caregiver support tool (CAREGIVERSPRO).
2. Adapt CAREGIVERSPRO specifically for people with mild cognitive impairment or mild to moderate dementia through a user-centric;
3. Validate the CAREGIVERSPRO-MMD’s benefits for users through large-scale pilots (600 dyads);
4. Assess the financial savings that CAREGIVERSPRO-MMD provides to a) Healthcare and social system; b) Family in charge of people with mild cognitive impairment or mild to moderate dementia
5. Prepare for sustainable pan-European rollout of the platform
This solution augments and adapts the services forming the existing and proven CAREGIVERSPRO system dedicated to family live-in caregivers with new services focused on people with mild cognitive impairment or mild to moderate dementia themselves. Successful delivery of the pilot will increase patients’ and caregivers’ adherence to treatment while improving their quality of life and generating significant economies for whole healthcare system, social system and for families.