Homeside is a large international three-arm parallel group randomized controlled trial involving 495 dyads from Australia, Germany, United Kingdom, Poland and Norway. The study examines the effectiveness of a 3-month music therapy-informed, caregiver-delivered, home-based music intervention on the short-term behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia. The study is funded through the JPND scheme (Joint Programs for Neurodegenerative Disease) with funding for the Australian component provided by the NH&MRC.
Homeside addresses the need for improved informal care by training cohabiting caregivers to implement music and reading interventions that target behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia, and the quality of life and well-being of people with dementia and of their caregivers. The study evaluates the effectiveness of the music intervention compared to a reading intervention and to standard care. The study also examines caregiver depression, resilience, competence and quality of life, and quality of life in the person living with dementia.
Baker, F. A., Bloska, J., Braat, S., Bukowska, A., Clark, I., Hsu, M. H., Kvamme, T., Lautenschalger, N., Lee, Y. C.,Smrokowaska-Reichmann, A., Sousa, T. V., Stansaeth, K. A., Tamplin, J., Wosch, T. & Odell-Miller, H. (2019). HOMESIDE: home-based family caregiver-delivered music and reading interventions for people living with dementia: protocol of a randomised controlled trial. BMJ open, 9(11). doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2019-031332