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. For comprehensive clinical training, visit CAPC's online CE curriculum, Best Practices in Dementia Care and Caregiver Support.
What’s in the Toolkit
The Case for Improving Dementia Care
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
Brief monograph outlining key statistics and the case for improving dementia care and caregiver support. Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2019.download
The Case for Improving Dementia Care Infographic
Infographic with key statistics on the value of improving dementia care. Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2019.download
Comprehensive guide with practical steps in implementing best practices in dementia care and caregiver support.
Improving Dementia Care: Getting Started
A comprehensive guide to improving identification, assessment, and support of people living with dementia and their caregivers. Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2019.download
Clinical Tools and Training for Best Practices in Dementia Care
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
Recommended CAPC courses and tools for all providers caring for people living with dementia.download
Cognitive Assessment Tools
Recommended validated cognitive assessment tools.download
Assessing Needs of People Living with Dementia
Recommended validated assessment tools for common comorbid conditions.download
Caring for the Caregiver
Validated tools for assessing caregiver health and well-being.download
Referral to Community Resources
Community-based resource locators and support services.download
Dementia Care Resources for Caregivers
Print or email this handout of caregiver resources for education and support.download
Dementia Care Resources in Our Community
Fill out this worksheet with contact information for community-based services in your area, and supply to clinical staff or patients and families.download
Successfully Collaborating to Support People Living with Dementia and Their Caregivers
Bringing Comfort to People with Advanced Dementia
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
An interdisciplinary collaborative care model for people living with dementia.download
Hospice of the Valley’s Palliative Care for Dementia Program
A cost-effective model for home-based case management and caregiver support.download
WellMed Charitable Foundation’s Caregiver SOS Program
A model for evidence-based caregiver support and education.download
Baylor Scott & White Health’s Geriatrics Program for Dementia Care
A model for comprehensive care management in the home.download
Baylor Scott & White Health’s Family Caregiver Program
An evidence-based caregiver intervention adapted for an integrated health care system.download
How A Population-Based Approach Can Improve Dementia Care
Health Affairs Blog profile of UCLA Health's approach to dementia care. May 2019.view