Connecting Elders, Empowering Caregivers
Older adults value and benefit from regular contact with family members but often do not get enough, especially after moving into assisted living. Families want connection but geographic dispersion limits visits. Their preferred e-contact mechanisms exclude most elders. The Family Connections Services (FCS) technology bridges the gap between the pencil and paper world of elders and the electronic universe of their families, using communication as a therapeutic tool. This proposal adapts the Digital Mailbox for assisted living environment, and tests the impact of the FCS on frequency of e-communication, the range of family involved, and family and individual well-being.
This study aims to:
A. Overall aim: Facilitate connections between elders in assisted living centers with their families.
B. Specific aims:
The people involved with this project are:
Sara Honn Qualls, Ph.D., Principal Investigator
Kelli Klebe, Ph.D., Investigator
Melissa Doffing, M.A., Project Director
Kate Lane, Sheri Gibson, Christina Vair, Project Staff
Paul Davoust, President & CEO, CaringFamily
Michael D. Williams, Chief Technology Officer, CaringFamily
David Taenzer, Director of Software Engineering, CaringFamily
Paul Hudnut, Member of the Board of Directors, CaringFamily
This project is funded by the National Institutes of Health through a SBIR grant with CaringFamily.
Melissa Doffing, M.A., Project Director, 719-667-0187, firstname.lastname@example.org