This doctoral capstone project was completed in partnership with AgeWell Middle TN, a non-profit agency that focuses on informed, positive aging, and being a champion, advocate, and trusted community resource for older adults. Working family caregivers of older adults are struggling to balance work and caregiving duties, while employers are experiencing loss in productivity and financial return. In response, AgeWell is developing a program called “Eldercare Coach” to provide guidance to employers and working caregivers. Thus, the primary focus of this project was to develop educational materials for AgeWell’s Eldercare Coach program. These educational materials include a list of interview questions and answers for informative videos that will be available on the Eldercare portal, a list of current resources for working caregivers and older adults (e.g. caregiving apps, podcasts, books, organizations, etc.), PowerPoint presentations on 5 caregiving topics (e.g. aging in place, self-care, distance caregiving, dementia care, care option), and an eldercare marketing infographic geared towards employers to promote caregiver-friendly workplaces.
Elena Espiritu, OTD, OTR/L, BCPR
Occupational Therapy, School of
Health Sciences & Nursing, Gordon E. Inman College of
Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
older adults; working caregivers; family caregivers; elder care; caregiving; community program; aging; caregiver friendly; workplace; occupational therapy
Bowens, Chanté, "Supporting Working Family Caregivers and Older Adults Through an Educational Employer-Based Eldercare Program" (2021). OTD Capstone Projects. 68.