Linda Wilson, PhD and Collaborators Awarded $60,000 Grant from the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration for the project, Improving the Ability of Family Caregivers to Care for Persons Living with Frontotemporal Degeneration Through an Innovative Simulation Program
Principle Investigator Linda Wilson, PhD, RN, CPAN, CAPA, BC, CNE, CNEcl, CHSE-A, FASPAN, ANEF, FAAN, assistant dean for Continuing Education, Simulation and Events and clinical professor of nursing, and collaborators have been awarded a $60,000 grant for a Simulation Research Project by the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD).
The one-year project "Improving the Ability of Family Caregivers to Care for Persons Living with Frontotemporal Degeneration Through an Innovative Simulation Program" will investigate a novel simulation approach to provide family caregivers with specific knowledge and skills to improve daily home life for persons living with Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD). Caregivers will be trained on specific communication techniques to improve interpersonal dynamics (with the person with FTD and health care professionals) and strategies to modify the physical and social elements of the home environment. We will employ a user-integrated methodology whereby caregivers and health professionals collaborate to identify content and develop the look and feel of the simulation training. Our long term goal is to advance a low-cost, evidence-based replicable program for use by community-based organizations serving families with FTD. Co-investigators are Carol Okupniak, DNP, associate clinical professor of nursing and Stephen Gambescia, PhD, professor in the Health Administration Department.