This research is examining a new coping program to help carers of people with dementia who face many challenges. Carers of people with dementia take on many additional responsibilities that can be physically and emotionally challenging and impact their mood and wellbeing. This research is looking at a way we can support carers to improve their quality of life. The development of effective programs that support carers is vital to the quality of life of both the carer and the person they are caring for. In the United Kingdom, a specific program to meet this aim (called START) has been developed.
This study will examine whether the START program is acceptable to Australian carers and therapists. It is delivered via Telehealth and is fully funded by the University of Newcastle and is free to Carers. Carers attend 8-10 individual sessions (either weekly or fortnightly as preferred) over a period of 8 to 16 weeks. Each session will last around an hour.
Participants eligible to take part if:
- They are an unpaid adult carer of a person with dementia (i.e. a partner, family member or friend) over 18 years of age (carers pension is ok)
- They provide practical or emotional support on at least a daily basis to the person with dementia
- They are showing signs of stress (moderate anxiety or depression) related to their caring role (we can assess this)
- They have adequate English proficiency (the manual requires reading and writing)
- Are judged by yourself to be able to complete the study
Participants are not eligible if they have current high level of suicidality, or significant cognitive difficulties (e.g., learning difficulties or dementia). Please note that this is an individual therapy so only the main carer from any one family can take part.
For further information or to participate, please contact Dr Michelle Kelly on (02) 4921 6838 or at Michelle.Kelly@newcastle.edu.au.
This study has been approved by The University of Newcastle Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC), reference number H-2016-0299.