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Csomay Center - Research

The Csomay Center with funding from the Jo Hoyt Freeman Dementia Education and Outreach Fund Person-Centered Care Initiative and the National Hartford Center supports research designed to promote best gerontological practices. The following is a list of recently funded projects.


1. Development and Feasibility of Self-Eating Focused Care for Nursing Home Residents with Dementia

The purposes of this project were to explore the current nursing practice in engaging residents with dementia in eating using a focus group approach, and then develop and test the feasibility of the Self-Eating Focused Care (SEF Care) approach in nursing home settings. The SEF Care was a staff training program that was used to teach and motivate nursing assistants to effectively engage residents with dementia in eating tasks at mealtimes. Individualized mealtime care plans were developed for individual resident participants through the training program based on assessment and mealtime observation, and then conducted by nursing assistant participants in daily mealtime care. The long-term goal was to optimize resident eating performance and independence at mealtimes, and in the long term release nursing assistants from feeding tasks so they may focus on other emerging care tasks. The Primary Investigator for this project is Assistant Professor Wen Liu, PhD, RN.

2. Partnerships to Improve Care and Quality of Life for Persons with Dementia

The purpose of this project is to develop provider-focus training that is based on The Family Involvement in Care (FIC) for Persons with Dementia Evidence-Based Guideline©. Easy-to-use, online training modules will based on FIC principles to enhance partnership-building between family and staff. Additional modules will focus on helping providers “know the person” with dementia and provide person-centered care in the context of changing needs. Ten modules will be developed using an iterative approach involving staff evaluation and feedback focused on usefulness, and will be evaluated in a small pilot program and using an online questionnaire. The provider-focused training will complement family focused FIC-based training that is underway at the Iowa Geriatric Education Center (IGEC). The Primary Investigator for this project is Associate Professor Marianne Smith, PhD, RN, FAAN.