GRECC Connect Site - Bedford, MA

Team Members

Lauren Moo, MD 

Dr. Moo, MD, is the GRECC-Connect VISN-1 Primary Investigator. Dr. Moo is a Physician Researcher at the Bedford GRECC. Her background as a behavioral neurologist includes the study of Alzheimer’s disease, related dementias, and epilepsy. Dr. Moo directs multiple cutting-edge telehealth-related initiatives, including dementia management visits via Home video telehealth (Home-CVT).

Megan Gately, OTD, OTR/L 

Megan is the GRECC-Connect VISN-1 Project Manager.  She is an occupational therapist with an interest in dementia-specific home modifications and the role of telehealth in providing occupational therapy interventions for community dwelling Veterans with dementia.

Malissa Kraft, Psy.D.

Dr. Kraft is a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist at Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial VA Hospital. Her time is split between working as a neuropsychologist on the Acute Geropsychiatric Unit at the hospital, being involved with various research projects within the GRECC, launching a new teleneuropsychology clinic, and providing training and supervision of several neuropsychology students.

Point of Contact: Megan Gately, 781-687-3143, megan.gately@va.gov.

Bedford GRECC team members
From left: Megan Gately and Lauren Moo

Highlights of modalities and implementations

Bedford GRECC providers offer dementia specialty care within VISN-1 through clinical consultation and provider education. Our program includes:

  1. “Dementia Strategies,” annual ½ day educational symposium updating best practices in dementia management
  2. Dementia-specific interfacility e-consult
  3. Participation in national GRECC-Connect case conferences
  4. Establishing Tele-Neuropsychological evaluation via CVT

Regional presentations

Moo, L.R. & Gately, M.E. “Dementia Caregiver Enrollment in A Home-CVT Program.” 2015

  • Gerontological Society of America, Annual Scientific Meeting, Orlando, FL. Symposium -  November 21, 2015.

Gately, M.E. & Moo, L.R. “Rural Veterans with Dementia and the Role of Telehealth in Home Safety

Evaluations.

  • GRECC-Connect Monthly Case Conference Series—Webinar. December 16, 2016.
  • Healthy Active Aging Retreat and Research Day, Boston, MA—Poster Presentation. October 6, 2016.
  • GRECC-Connect Dementia Symposium, Manchester VAMC—Invited Talk. September 29, 2016.
  • VA OT Monthly Educational Seminar, “Occupational Therapy Evidence-based Practices”—Webinar. September 21, 2016.
  • VA State of the Art Conference in Rural Health, Washington, DC—Poster presentation. September 12th & 13th, 2016.

Other related programs

  1. Home-CVT (Clinical Video Telehealth) supports Veterans with dementia and their caregivers by providing in-home support via a “Skype”-like connection between the Veteran and caregiver in their home– the first such program in the VHA or country.
  2. Dementia-specific Home Safety Evaluation via CVT was a pilot project investigating whether clinical video telehealth is a feasible modality to deliver a dementia-focused occupational therapy delivered home safety evaluation.  
  3. VA national level multi-platform GRECC Dementia Caregivers app will allow dementia caregivers to communicate directly with their family members’ dementia care providers about core symptoms and to receive targeted educational suggestions based on the specific caregiving challenges they indicate they are having at the time.
  4. G-IMPACT (Geriatric Interdisciplinary Mobile PACT): Partnering with New England VERC staff, this pilot implemented a new model of care for geriatric veterans with complex psychiatric, medical and dementia related problems by sending a nurse practitioner into their home and using video telehealth to simultaneously connect the veteran to multiple specialty providers at the VAMC in real time.

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