IDoService project tests its I Can Do Pathway with participants

19/09/2022

As the IDoService project draws to a close, it shares the results of developing and testing the service prototype. Based on stakeholders' inputs, in the spring, the research team developed the "I Can Do Pathway" framework, comprising a set of three coaching sessions to deliver the service. The framework is manifest in an illustrated booklet that provides the guidance and activities for delivering the sessions. The aim is to help support people living with mild dementia to better identify opportunities for participation in meaningful activities. The sessions are designed to explore people’s strengths and preferences to offer concrete guidance about how to access these activities. A special focus is put on volunteering as it can offer an especially rewarding experience and satisfaction to help others. In the test sessions, the programme was delivered by Emma from Age UK Salford, who took the role of “wellbeing mentor” to support people to explore: their strengths and interests; what they want to do and what’s on offer around them; what to do and what support they need.

The I Can Do Pathway booklet was used to guide people with dementia as well as mentors through the activities of the sessions. Initial results of evaluating the prototype demonstrated its usefulness in supporting people to consider their strengths and interests in a convivial atmosphere, to help them build their confidence and identify suitable activities. It highlighted that there are many activities people can participate in, but also that support through spouses or other care partners is key to people being able to attend and try out the chosen activity for the first time. The project will report on the results in a public symposium on 6 October 2022: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/i-do-service-symposium-tickets-425048159487

For more information see www.idoservice.org. For any questions or suggestions contact Dr Isabelle Tournier by email: idoservice@mmu.ac.uk or on Twitter @idoservice4dem1. This project is building on the work done in the MinD project, in which Alzheimer Europe was involved.