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Tele-Savvy Online Family Caregiver Education

Tele-Savvy Online Family Caregiver Education: Recruiting Research Caregiver Research Volunteers 

About Tele-Savvy

We are recruiting family caregivers to take part in a nationwide test of Tele-Savvy. 

Taking on a caregiving role for a parent, spouse or other friend or relative who is living with Alzheimer’s disease or a similar illness can be both a rewarding and a challenging experience.  In the caregiving role, caregivers face a host of new responsibilities for which they will need training.  
 
Tele-Savvy is a training program for caregivers.  And it is offered entirely online, so caregivers don’t have to travel or make other arrangements in order to take part.
 
Tele-Savvy is designed to provide caregivers with the tools that they need to manage their caregiving responsibilities and to preserve their own and their person’s quality of life. Participants will learn about the illnesses affecting the person and develop strategies to deal with the effects of the illnesses. They will develop skills to help guide the person their person through days that are as calm, safe, and pleasant as possible. 

Participants will be randomly assigned to one of three groups:

  1. Tele-Savvy Group—immediately receives the Tele-Savvy Education Program
  2. Healthy Living Education Group—immediately receives 6 weeks of education on healthy lifestyle choices, and receives the Tele-Savvy Education Program after 6 months
  3. Usual Care Group—Continuing with your existing care routine, and the receive Tele-Savvy after 6 months

All participants will receive the Tele-Savvy Education Program prior to the end of the study.

Participation is completely free, and compensation will be provided for completing each of 5-6 research interviews conducted over the course of the 12-month study.
Informal caregivers of community-dwelling persons living with Alzheimer’s or a similar illness. Participants need a computer or mobile device with internet. Webcams may be provided if needed.
Take part in the program: Both Tele-Savvy and the Healthy Living program are 43-day online programs that involve weekly, scheduled, professionally-led video conferences with groups of caregivers and daily online video lessons viewed whenever and as often as caregivers wish. 

The weekly teleconferences occupy up to 90 minutes on a regularly scheduled day of the week (weekday or weekend).
The Daily Video Lessons run 10-20 minutes daily. These videos will be emailed to you and may be watched on your own schedule as time permits.

Take part in online research interviews:  Participants will be asked to take part in 5 research interviews (initially and then every 3 months).  These interviews are focused on understanding your caregiving experience. Some will also be asked to take part in a 6th interview to offer more in-depth information about their experience in the program
Tele-Savvy uses a simple internet platform for video conferences and the email video lessons are embedded in emails and easily played.
 
A study team member is available for help at all stages.
This is a voluntary study. You can stop at any time. There are no penalties for discontinuing participation.
Katie Kilgore, Project Director
404-712-9578