Implementing Best Practices in Dementia Care

Authors
Diane Meier
Brynn Bowman
Robin Fail
Implementation Tool
June 2020

Headline

This toolkit offers clinical tools, training resources, and case studies of evidence-based care models that support people living with dementia and their caregivers.

Context

Older adults living with dementia a rapidly growing population experience long periods of disability and have complex care needs. This toolkit created by the Center to Advance Palliative Care supports providers and health systems in implementing evidence-based approaches to improve the quality of life for people with dementia and their caregivers.

About this Tool

This toolkit contains the following sections:

  • The Case for Improving Dementia Care: A fact sheet and infographic on the value of improving dementia care.
  • Getting Started: Two comprehensive guides with practical steps for providers to improve dementia care; one focused on primary care teams providing dementia care, and one on identification, assessment, and support of people living with dementia and their caregivers.
  • Clinical Tools and Training for Best Practices in Dementia Care: Validated clinical assessment tools, continuing education courses, patient and caregiver support resources, and other resources to identify and facilitate referrals for community-based services.
  • Case Studies: Descriptions of evidence-based dementia care models, including an interdisciplinary collaborative care model, models for home-based care management, and caregiver education and support interventions.

Takeaways

Providers and health systems can use this toolkit to implement evidence-based dementia care models, improve the quality of dementia care, and effectively train clinicians across specialties to better support people living with dementia and their caregivers.

Note: the tools and resources included in this toolkit have varying levels of evidence.

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