A new study called ‘Caring for Me and You’ is investigating whether different kinds of support, delivered online, can help family and friends who provide care for someone with dementia to cope with feelings of stress, anxiety or depression. And it’s looking for volunteers to test three different kinds of support options. The findings will help to develop vital resources for carers and other family and friends so please share with as many people as possible.
Caring for Me and You is three-arm randomised control trial comparing three packages that have been specifically tailored for people who support someone with dementia - a computerised Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (cCBT) package, with or without telephone support and an online psycho-education package.
The research team are looking for volunteers from across the UK to help test these three online packages. Anyone who provides practical or emotional support to someone with dementia and is experiencing some stress or low mood is invited to register. (They must be over 18, live in the UK, have access to and be comfortable using a computer). Packages involve 20 sessions, each lasting 20 minutes, which can be completed in the person’s own time over a period of up to six months. Participants will need to fill out questionnaires online at the start, after 12 weeks and after 26 weeks to measure whether the package they have been assigned has been of benefit.
Volunteers do not need to be the main caregiver or live with the person they support – partners, children, grandchildren and friends, for example, are invited to register and complete the online screening questionnaires to see if they are eligible to take part -caringformeandyou.org.uk.