Date of Conferral
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Dementia care is an immediate and growing issue that affects everyone. People are living longer increasing the likelihood that they may be diagnosed with dementia. Friends and family are become caregivers but are often unprepared for the role. The purpose of this project was to develop a 15-minute dementia care module to assist caregivers with the home care of dementia patients. A pamphlet was created to reinforce the module information and to provide a quick reference for dementia support. The self-efficacy theory, along with the review of best practice guidelines and evidence from literature, informed the development of the module. The Simple Measure of Gobbledygook (SMOG) and the Flesch Reading Ease scales were used to ensure that the written materials were at an appropriate reading level for the targeted group. A single group evaluation was used to determine whether caregivers would be able to understand and use the information. A total of 5 lay dementia caregivers volunteered to evaluate the dementia module and related pamphlet. They volunteered to provide feedback using Appraisal of Guidelines for Research and Evaluation (AGREE) tool. Four out of the 5 caregivers strongly agreed or agreed that the module met the designated criteria. All participants stated that the information presented in the module/pamphlet was applicable to their circumstance as dementia caregivers, that the information would assist to provide better care for their loved one, and that they would recommend the dementia module to other caregivers. This project will have a positive impact on social change by providing dementia caregivers with strategies and information to deliver quality dementia care for their loved ones.