Memory Care Home Solutions

Eastern Missouri Dementia Capable System Initiative

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Project Date
Sept 2017—Aug 2021

Type of Evaluation
Implementation, Outcome



Memory Care Home Solutions focuses on extending and improving quality time at home for families caring for loved ones with memory loss, dementia, or Alzheimer’s disease.

The Evaluation Center was Memory Care Home Solution’s evaluation partner for its Eastern Missouri Dementia Capable System Initiative. We worked with Memory Care Home Solutions to develop and implement an evaluation plan to assess the implementation of an evidence-based program and individual- and systems-level changes.

Project Description


Memory Care Home Solutions (MCHS) is a non-profit organization that provides free services to families who need in-home support and training to care for their loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD). The three core components of its work are:

  • Memory Care Family Training for caregivers
  • Training for medical and allied health professionals
  • Community outreach and education

In September 2017, MCHS, Perry County Memorial Hospital, and partners received a 3-year federal grant from the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to fill gaps in dementia-capable service systems for persons with ADRD and their caregivers. The purpose of the project was to implement the Care of Persons with Dementia in their Environments (COPE), an evidence-based program, and build a dementia-capable network of health and social service providers to address service gaps. The COPE program was available to approximately 250 families in the St. Louis region and in Perry County, Missouri over the grant period.

Evaluation Center Activities

  • Developed an evaluation plan to assess MCHS’s implementation of COPE and to assess individual- and systems-level changes.
  • Supported MCHS in refining its quantitative data collection systems for individual-level evaluation.
  • Conducted interviews with members of partner organizations involved in the initiative to identify strengths and gaps in services in the Dementia Care Network.
  • Analyzed the individual- and systems-level data, and shared with MCHS and partners on a regular basis.
  • Developed a communication plan in collaboration with MCHS and the initiative stakeholders.

Our Products

  • Evaluation plan, including logic model and methods matrix
  • COPE implementation flowchart
  • Interview guides
  • Quantitative and qualitative findings reports
  • Annual evaluation reports

Project Funder

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, Administration on Aging

Contact Person
Heather Jacobsen, MPH

Heather Jacobsen, MPH

Evaluation Manager (she/her/hers)