Learning to Become a Family Caregiver


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  • Personal health practices and coping skills

Determinants of Health: Personal health practices and coping skills


The program focused on the acquisition of skills to help caregivers adapt to their new role. It consisted of seven sessions or modules which covered the following topics: caregiver perceptions of the care situation; coping strategies for dealing with difficulties and averting psychological distress; how to communicate and enjoy time spent with the relative suffering from dementia; how to use one’s strengths and experiences to take care of the relative; how to get family and friends to help; knowledge of services and how to ask for them; and planning ahead for the future.

Primary Source Document

Ducharme F, Levesque L, Lachance L, Kergoat M, Legault A, Beaudet L et al. , Learning to become a family caregiver” efficacy of an intervention program for caregivers following diagnosis of dementia in a relative Gerontologist. 2011;51(4):484-494.

Contact information of developer(s) and/or implementer(s)

Francine Ducharme, PhD, Faculté des sciences infirmières, Université de Montréal and Centre de recherche, Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal, 4565 chemin Queen-Mary, Montréal, Quebec, Canada H3W 1W5 francine.ducharme@umontreal.ca

Intervention Focus

Intervention Goal / ObjectiveLevel(s) TargetedEquity Focus
Providing skills to caregivers to help them adapt to being a caregiver.
  • Individual level
People living in conditions of disadvantage are not explicitly stated to be a target population of the intervention.

Health Issue(s) that is/are addressed by the Intervention

Health Promotion

    Risk Reduction

      Specific Activities of the Intervention

      • Other training session

      Priority/Target Population for Intervention Delivery

      Life Stage

      • Adults (age 25-64 years)
      • Seniors (age 65+ years)


      Educational Settings

        Community Setting

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        Outcomes and Impact Chart
        Level of ImpactDescription of OutcomeEquity Focus
        Individual LevelFavoriser l’acquisition de compétences pour faciliter l’adaptation au rôle de personne soignante.Reported outcomes do not distinguish findings specific to people living in conditions of disadvantage.


        Implementation History

        • Implemented once (could be a pilot) - The intervention has been implemented once and is theoretically replicable elsewhere.

        Expertise Required for Implementation within the Context of the Intervention

        • Requires specialized skills that are easily available within the context - The intervention requires the participation of personnel with advanced skills (e.g. medical doctors, epidemiologists, social workers) but that are easily available within the intervention context.

        Are there supports available for implementation


        Are there resources and/or products associated with the interventions