Residential Care Transition Module

A program for families of relatives in assisted living or a nursing home


We are evaluating the Residential Care Transition Module (RCTM), a 6-session program that takes place over 4 months. This program includes 6 telephone-based or secure web-conference support sessions with a trained transition coach.  Sessions can include you or anyone else you would like to include, and each session lasts from 1 to 2 hours.

For whom

Family members of relatives with memory loss who are living in a nursing home, assisted living memory care or a similar setting.


We will ask you to participate over a 1-year period. Following completion of 45-minute survey, a research coordinator will randomly assign you (like the flip of a coin) to receive the RCTM program or not. We ask all participants to complete a 4-, 8-, and 12-month survey. If you are randomly selected to receive the RCTM, we will have additional questions for you to complete at 4, 8, and 12 months, and we may ask you to participate in a 60-minute interview with a research assistant to see how the RCTM did or did not work for you. If you are assigned to the group that does not receive RCTM, the transition coach will still check in with you every 4 months to see how you are doing.


At your residence or any other place of your choosing.


Families can often use information and support after a loved one enters a residential setting and this study is designed to evaluate whether the RCTM can provide such comprehensive support.


All who participate will be paid $25 at the conclusion of each initial, 4 month, 8 month, and 1 year survey completed.


Interested or have questions?
Katie Louwagie, DNP

Principal Investigator
Dr. Joe Gaugler

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