Announcement of Joint Research Project with the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care
on Adult Day Program Evaluation
The WCA and the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care will be conducting a joint study on the quality of adult day programs and their impact on the overall wellbeing of clients and caregivers. The results from this study will enable us to inform day program providers of the quality benchmarks necessary to provide individuals with dementia and their caregivers the highest quality day program experience.
As part of the WCA’s goal to be a leader in innovative dementia care by 2022, exploring new ways to provide care and support is an integral part of this effort. This exploration involves collaborating in research activity and working with our community partners to discover how we can enhance the lives of those in our care. Our recent partnership with the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care will enable both organizations to continue to make great strides in understanding the best approaches to caring for those with dementia.
Process and Participants:
This study will involve administering a number of surveys, questionnaires and scale assessments to a wide range of study participants from both Alzheimer Outreach Services and the Baycrest Day Centre for Seniors, including current day program clients, incoming day program clients, caregivers and selected members of the AOS day program waiting list.
Research Team Members:
The research will be conducted by WCA research assistant, Catherine Blake, and Allison Eades, Baycrest Research Assistant, with supervision from Jurgis Karuza, PhD, a professor at State University College at Buffalo and member of the Program Evaluation Unit at Baycrest; and Dr. Gary Naglie, chief of medicine at Baycrest and senior scientist with the Toronto General Research Institute. Baycrest representatives from the research team also include Anna Berall, Program Evaluation, and Dr. Paul Katz, Geriatrics. In addition, the team includes Magdalen Carter, Director of Alzheimer Outreach Services.
The study will begin in March 2014 and is expected to take two years to complete.
If you have any questions, please contact Steve Crawford, CEO, WCA, at 432-2648 ext. 2319, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org