The care partner of a person with Alzheimer’s disease can be as much a “client” of a health service as a patient. They are heavily involved in facilitating the treatment and engagement of a patient, and thus need to be supported in this role that may have been unexpectedly thrust upon them. Early intervention to support and empower care partners is critical, and interventions for care partners of people with a chronic illness have been shown to improve the psychological wellbeing of care partners.
ECLIPSE - a newly designed, weekly, small-group-based intervention - will be provided over a four-week period to care partners of people recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. This project aims to implement and evaluate the effectiveness of ECLIPSE to improve psychological wellbeing, and to empower and support care partners.
We are seeking volunteers who:
- Are aged 18 years or older
- Identify as being a care partner of a person with mild Alzheimer’s disease
- Engage in at least four hours of contact care per week
- Have been a care partner for no longer than five years
Participation will involve:
- Small group sessions
- Four week period
- Psychoeducation, support and self-care strategies for care partners
If you would like more information or are interested in participating please contact: Dr Melanie Emonson on (03) 9805 4346 or at [email protected] (preferred method of contact).
This research has been reviewed and approved by Monash Health Human Research Ethics Committee (RES-20-0000-344A), Monash University (30010) and Epworth HealthCare Research Development and Governance Unit (EH2020-534).