Grant Could Lead Researchers to Higher Returns

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(Image of Kathleen Unroe and Susan Hickman courtesy of the IU Center for Aging Research.) (Image of Kathleen Unroe and Susan Hickman courtesy of the IU Center for Aging Research.)
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A pilot for advance nursing home care planning for patients with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias could lead to big additional funding for two IUPUI researchers. Kathleen Unroe and Susan Hickman will initially receive $400,000 for the work from the National Institute on Aging and $3 million more could follow with a successful pilot.

The study, which involves supplying tools and knowledge to decision-making professionals involved in dementia care, will include 200 nursing homes in multiple states. The goal, IUPUI says, is to work within a clinical setting instead of a tightly-controlled research setting. Hickman says "we are excited to work with our nursing home partners to create something that fits well within the existing nursing home culture." She adds "our intent is to support nursing homes in providing care through a pragmatic program that helps staff identify the goals and values of patients with dementia and their family members. This will give patients the opportunity to plan in a way that allows for more-seamless care."

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