Evidence Based Programs

Minnesota Family Caregiver Support Programs and Interventions

TCARE® (Tailored Caregiver Assessment and Referral) process

TCARE® is an evidence-based protocol for supporting family caregivers. Based on the Caregiver Identity Change Theory developed by Drs. Montgomery and Kosloski, it is based on the premise that caregivers experience distress when behaviors or actions are inconsistent with their personal rules. TCARE uses a six-step process to measure and score a caregiver’s emotional levels and needs, and offers targeted strategies for addressing individual needs and improving caregiver outcomes (e.g., reduced stress, depression, identity discrepancy and intention to place). For more information contact Sue Wenberg at: sue.wenberg@state.mn.us or 651-431-2587. TCARE website: http://www4.uwm.edu/tcare/

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Powerful Tools, developed by Legacy Health Services of Oregon, is a six-week psycho-educational program for family caregivers. This outcomes-based program focuses on teaching caregivers a new set of skills or “tools” for performing their caregiving role, including self-care, reducing personal stress, dealing with difficult emotions, communicating in challenging situations, and mastering caregiving decisions. Minnesota has a cadre of trained Powerful Tools Class Leaders. Contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn about becoming a Class Leader or to find sessions for caregivers in your area. State contact: Sue Wenberg at sue.wenberg@state.mn.us or 651-431-2587.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers – Legacy Health
For information on the Powerful Tools program visit: http://www.powerfultoolsforcaregivers.org/

More Information

For information on developing Caregiver Programs that are evidence-based, visit:
http://www.rosalynncarter.org/what_makes_caregiver_programs_effective/