Maximizing Independence (MIND) at Home is a comprehensive, home-based care coordination intervention for people with Alzheimer disease (AD) or related dementias who live in the community and for their family caregivers. MIND at Home is designed to systematically assess and help address unmet needs that may be barriers to persons with dementia remaining in their home, while maintaining their health and wellbeing and that of their caregiver.
Our Approach. The MIND at Home model of care coordination links people with dementia and their caregivers to community-based agencies, medical and mental health care providers, and community resources. MIND at Home is delivered by an interdisciplinary team, comprised of trained non-clinical community workers and mental health clinicians, who conduct comprehensive in-home dementia-related needs assessments and provide individualized care planning and implementation. The team uses six basic care strategies—resource referrals, attention to environmental safety, dementia care education, behavior management skills training, informal counseling, problem-solving—as well as on-going monitoring, assessment and planning for emergent needs. Each component of the intervention is based on best practice recommendations and evidence from prior research, and is combined for maximum impact.