Implementing Best Practices in Dementia Care

People living with dementia have complex care needs, long periods of disability, and heavy reliance on the support of their family and other caregivers. Clinicians can improve the quality of life for people with dementia and their caregivers through implementation of evidence-based practices that provide meaningful help and support.

Use this toolkit to make the case for improving dementia care, implement quality improvement, and train clinicians from all disciplines to better support people living with dementia and their caregivers.

What’s in the Toolkit

Improving the quality of dementia care can alleviate suffering for people living with dementia and their caregivers, improve key quality metrics, and reduce health care spending.

The Case for Improving Dementia Care

Last Updated: March 29, 2019

Brief monograph outlining key statistics and the case for improving dementia care and caregiver support. Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2019.

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The Case for Improving Dementia Care Infographic

Last Updated: March 29, 2019

Infographic with key statistics on the value of improving dementia care. Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2019.

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Comprehensive guide with practical steps in implementing best practices in dementia care and caregiver support.

Improving Dementia Care: Getting Started

Last Updated: March 29, 2019

A comprehensive guide to improving identification, assessment, and support of people living with dementia and their caregivers. Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2019.

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Online CE courses, clinical assessment tools, and resources for identifying and making referrals to community-based services that support patients and families.

Navigating the CAPC Online Curriculum: A Guide for Improving Dementia Care and Caregiver Support

Last Updated: March 29, 2019

Recommended CAPC courses and tools for all providers caring for people living with dementia.

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Cognitive Assessment Tools

Last Updated: March 29, 2019

Recommended validated cognitive assessment tools.

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Assessing Needs of People Living with Dementia

Last Updated: March 29, 2019

Recommended validated assessment tools for common comorbid conditions.

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Caring for the Caregiver

Last Updated: March 29, 2019

Validated tools for assessing caregiver health and well-being.

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Referral to Community Resources

Last Updated: March 29, 2019

Community-based resource locators and support services.

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Dementia Care Resources for Caregivers

Last Updated: March 21, 2019

Print or email this handout of caregiver resources for education and support.

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Dementia Care Resources in Our Community

Last Updated: April 4, 2019

Fill out this worksheet with contact information for community-based services in your area, and supply to clinical staff or patients and families.

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Case studies of evidence-based care models that support people living with dementia, their families, and other caregivers.

Eskenazi Health’s Aging Brain Care Program

Last Updated: March 21, 2019

An interdisciplinary collaborative care model for people living with dementia.

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Hospice of the Valley’s Palliative Care for Dementia Program

Last Updated: March 21, 2019

A cost-effective model for home-based case management and caregiver support.

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WellMed Charitable Foundation’s Caregiver SOS Program

Last Updated: March 21, 2019

A model for evidence-based caregiver support and education.

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Baylor Scott & White Health’s Geriatrics Program for Dementia Care

Last Updated: March 21, 2019

A model for comprehensive care management in the home.

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Baylor Scott & White Health’s Family Caregiver Program

Last Updated: March 21, 2019

An evidence-based caregiver intervention adapted for an integrated health care system.

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