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