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Pilot Grant Awardees Announced

Tideswell at UCSF is excited to announce the recipients of two pilot awards to advance the care of older adults living in the community with multiple chronic conditions and functional limitations:

Video-based urinary incontinence care guidance for caregivers of older adults with dementia Principal Investigator: Dr. Amy Hsu Urinary incontinence affects up to a third of older adults with dementia who live at home, and is a major source of burden to their caregivers. One important contributor to this burden is the lack of education and instruction about incontinence care. Dr. Hsu’s project will address the gap in readily available, evidence-based, objective information for caregivers managing urinary incontinence in patients with dementia by creating three short animated videos focusing on areas previously reported to be important to caregivers: a) causes and contributors of incontinence in older adults with dementia, b) appropriate and effective use of medications and behavioral therapies for incontinence at home, and c) factors to consider when selecting incontinence absorption products. The long-term goals are to decrease stress, improve quality of life and empower caregivers of older adults with dementia. Developing a toolkit to empower IHSS workers to engage disenfranchised older adults in advance care planning Principal Investigator: Dr. Rebecca Sudore Millions of older adults require in home care support in order to remain in their homes, yet most are unprepared to face the complex medical decisions over the course of advanced illness. Lack of preparation can lead to uninformed choices, receipt of care inconsistent with personal goals, and lack of patient empowerment during clinical decision making.  Dr. Sudore’s paradigm of advance care planning (ACP) focuses on preparing patients to communicate their wishes and to participate with clinicians in making real-time, complex medical decisions over the course of illness. In this project, her team will develop a toolkit for In Home Support Services (IHSS) workers to engage their medically frail clients in ACP and advance directives.   To read about other Tideswell pilot projects, please click here.   Thank you to all who applied to the 2015 call for proposals.