Caregivers Benefit From Palliative Care Grant

Caregivers Benefit From Palliative Care Grant

Posted on June 24, 2014 by ElderCare Resources in Blog, Caregiver Education, Community Resources, Dementia Care, Hospice & Palliative Care

Hospice of the Valley receives $110,000 grant

Hospice of the Valley has been awarded a $110,000 grant from St. Luke’s Health Initiatives to aid dementia caregivers through “mindfulness-based stress reduction.”

The one-year grant project will be a component of Hospice of the Valley’s Palliative Care for Dementia program, which provides education and support to dementia caregivers at a cost of $250 a month. Participants also include patients enrolled in the government’s AHCCCS and ALTCS programs for people with limited financial means.

The goal is to support the caregiver so the person with dementia can stay at home for as long as possible — an environment that is far more therapeutic and less costly than a nursing facility or hospital. PCD is for patients with early-to-moderate dementia who are not eligible for hospice care.

“Although Palliative Care for Dementia is being very well received, a key transformational element is missing,” said Gillian Hamilton, MD, vice president/education and innovation for Hospice of the Valley. “A caregiver’s ability to keep a family member at home depends not just on education, but even more on the caregiver’s ability to develop the personal resilience to tolerate the unique stresses of caregiving.”

Officials said that fits with the goal of St. Luke’s Health Initiatives’ grant program.

The grant-funded project will be tested with three groups of 10-12 caregivers who will participate in weekly 2½-hour sessions for eight weeks. Participants will be evaluated before and after the training for stress and anxiety. They will be compared to control groups composed of people on waiting lists for future classes.