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All About Me: An Intervention to Ease the Transition to Long-term Care, Build Community, and Improve Quality of Care for Persons with Dementia

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 1R43AG077993-01
Agency Tracking Number: R43AG077993
Amount: $259,010.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: NIA
Solicitation Number: PAS19-316
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-06-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-05-31
Small Business Information
7 WAINWRIGHT RD UNIT 35
Winchester, MA 01890-2374
United States
DUNS: 052321442
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 GREGG GORZELLE
 (440) 665-7812
 gorzelle@thehearth.org
Business Contact
 JOHN ZEISEL
Phone: (440) 665-7812
Email: zeisel@thehearth.org
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

PROJECT SUMMARY/ABSTRACTGiven the large number of persons with dementia (PWD) who move into long-term care (LTC) settings each year, and
the issues that arise during both this process and their subsequent adaptation to the new living situation, there is a need for
a person-centered program to improve both the transition itself and to assist PWD in adapting to their new environment.
This Phase I study will involve initial development and evaluation of an innovative cross-platform software app called All
About Me (AAM), which will consist of Serious Digital Health Games (SDHGs) for PWD. The AAM App will assist staff in
providing person-centered care and enable residents to improve relationships with one another and with staff, thereby
promoting a sense of community.The market-ready version of the AAM App will consist of five components. (1) The Fun Facts About Me Game will be
used when a PWD is moving into LTC. Family members of PWD will play this game with their relative with dementia. The
goal of the game is to provide an enjoyable way for family members and PWD to provide important information about the
PWD's social history, personal interests, and care preferences. (2) The Resident Game Bundle will consist of SDHGs that
will allow PWD to learn about one another in an enjoyable way. Game content will be automatically created, based upon
data collected during the Fun Facts About Me Game. (3) The My Residents Module will provide staff with a convenient way
to view information about a PWD with whom they will be working. Staff will launch this module from any device, including
a smartwatch in the market-ready version. (4) The Meet the Staff Module, which will be developed and tested in a future
Phase II study, will allow residents to learn about staff members at their community, thereby improving relationships
between staff members and PWD. (5) The AAM Training Modules will provide staff and family members with access to
video-based training modules that describe how to use relevant portions of the app.This Phase I study has three Specific Aims, which will be completed by three project teams over the course of 12 months.Aim 1. Develop an Alpha version of the AAM App. The Software Team and Content Team will work collaboratively
to complete Aim 1 during Months 1-7 of the project. They will create (1) The Fun Facts About Me Game and a single
Resident Game Bundle game, (2) Two categories of information for the My Residents Module, and (3) Alpha versions of
staff and family member Training Modules. Development of the AAM App will be iterative and be informed by Advisory
Panels of staff members, family members, and PWD.Aim 2. Examine acceptability of and satisfaction with the AAM App.Aim 3. Examine the impact of the Resident Game Bundle / Survey Says Game on engagement/affect.The Experimental Team will meet Aims 2 and 3 by conducting a quasi-experiment with 24 PWD, 12 Staff, and 24 Family
Members during Months 8-11. After an initial 4-week Baseline Period, staff and PWD will be asked to use the AAM App
during Months 9-10, while family members will play The Fun Facts About Me Game at least once during Month 9.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

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