OTD Capstone Projects

Abstract

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.

Publication Date

Spring 4-12-2021

Faculty Mentor

Elena Espiritu, OTD, OTR/L, BCPR

Department

Occupational Therapy, School of

College

Health Sciences & Nursing, Gordon E. Inman College of

Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree

Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Degree Level

Doctoral

Degree Grantor

Belmont University

Keywords

older adults; working caregivers; family caregivers; elder care; caregiving; community program; aging; caregiver friendly; workplace; occupational therapy

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