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.

ABOUT US


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.


Our Goals are to...

  • Enable people who have dementia to live safely and with dignity in the community, while maximizing their quality of life,

  • Assist family caregivers by providing dementia care coordination, education, navigation to resources and support,

  • Demonstrate that the MIND at Home model of care is an effective and cost-efficient approach to providing community-based dementia care to a diverse population, and

  • Disseminate the MIND at Home intervention to other communities in the US and beyond.

Leadership

  • Constantine (Kostas) G. Lyketsos, MD, MHS

    Elizabeth Plank Althouse Professor and Chair of Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins Bayview

  • QuincySamus, PhD

    Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University

  • Betty S. Black, PhD, EdS

    Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University

  • Deirdre Johnston, MD, MBBCh

    Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University

  • Peter V. Rabins, MD, MPH

    Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University

Funding for MIND at Home comes from public research grants, private foundations and philanthropic contributions.