Gitlin  US, 2010
C: 4 months;
H: 4 months
Caregivers of PwDs with a MMSE score < 24, mild to moderate dementia and showed at least one behavioral symptom;
Caregivers living with the PwD, providing at least 4 h of daily care
▪ 60 randomized dyads
IG: Tailored home-based activity program delivered by occupational therapists with 8 sessions of occupational therapy over 4-month consisting of the assessment of patient’s abilities, caregiver communication & home environment. Development of three activities tailored to patient capabilities.
CG: Wait-list control group that did not receive any study-related contact.
Two items from the Caregiver Vigilance Scale:
(1) number of hours per day the caregiver is actually doing things for the PwD (2) number of hours per day the caregiver feels the need to be there or on duty to care for the PwD
Total average intervention cost
Perspective of the individual caregiver
Intervention caregivers saved:
(1) one extra hour per day doing things for the PwD at a cost of $2.37/day
(2) one extra hour per day feeling the need to be there or on duty to care for the PwD at a cost of $1.10/day.