Developing a Home-Based Intervention for People with Cognitive Impairment Who Live Alone

Home Alone is a research study. The goal is to help older adults with memory concerns who live alone. Home Alone offers 7 coaching sessions by video or phone, with select in-home session availability offered to those who live close to the University of Minnesota. Sessions promote well-being and living safely. Coaches share strategies for lifestyle planning and increasing meaningful activity. Researchers want to find out what participants think of the program.

This study is looking for:

  • Older adults (55 and over) with memory concerns  
  • Who live alone
  • Who do not live in a nursing home, assisted living, a group care home, or similar residential setting that provides care and services

You will:

  1. Take a survey that takes about 1 hour.
  2. Work with a trained Home Alone coach in 7 weekly sessions. Sessions typically last about 1 hour.
  3. Take another survey following the Home Alone program sessions and a final survey at 6 months (45 minutes each).

You may be asked to participate in a 15-30 minute phone interview after

We will ask you to participate for 6 months. Your participation is voluntary. You can withdraw at any time.

No! The coaching sessions will either be delivered by secure video conference or over the phone, with select in-home session availability offered to those who live close to the University of Minnesota. The surveys may be completed electronically, mailed to you, or completed over the phone with a team member, depending on your preference.

Participants will be given $25 per survey as a thank you. If you complete an interview at the end of the study, you will receive $25 as well. In total, each participant who completes all 3 surveys will receive $75. Those who are selected and complete the phone interview will receive a total of up to $100.

You will also receive about 7 coaching sessions supporting your well-being and independent lifestyle.

Please click on the Contact link on the right side of the page (under “Contact”) and provide your contact information. We will be in touch to answer any questions and see if this study is right for you.


Interested in participating or have questions?

Please fill out the contact form

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