Resources for Caregiver Education in Dementia
One of the mainstays of care for people with dementia is making certain that their caregivers (both formal and informal) understand the basics of the disease, and how the disease influences behavior.
There are dozens of training programs available for purchase and for free. It's worthwhile building a resource bank of educational materials you find helpful.
My current top 3 favorite sites include:
1. The ADEAR site (sponsored by the National Institute on Aging), which makes educational pamphlets available for both family caregivers and health professionals.
2. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) "Hand-in-Hand" training series, which features 4 modules on Dementia, and 2 on Abuse Prevention for residential long-term care staff. http://www.cms-handinhandtoolkit.info/
The toolkit is available at no cost if you have the capacity to create your own DVDs by using the link above.
Alternatively, you can order the product from NTIS for $100.00 plus S/H.
The product number is AVA21573DVD8 and can be ordered by telephone at 1-800-553-6847.
3. Alzheimer's Association of Greater Indiana's workshop for Health Care Facilities training manual.
It would be great to learn of other resources that you find helpful.