Best Practices in Dementia Care and Caregiver Support
Supporting the Caregivers of People Living with DementiaLast Reviewed: March 4, 2019
What You’ll Learn
- Describe the population of dementia caregivers, their many responsibilities, and the impact of caregiving on the caregiver.
- Understand tools that providers can use to assess caregiver well-being and steps that they can take to ensure that caregivers’ needs are addressed.
- Describe the importance of providing referrals to community-based support services and understand how to locate local sources of respite care, support groups, caregiver education, safe return programs, and more.
This course was created with generous support from the nonprofit Gary and Mary West Health Institute.
What You’ll Earn
After completing the course, you’ll earn a Verification of Attendance certificate.
CAPC members can earn the following free continuing education credits:
Case Management: 1.00 CE
Licensed Professional Counselors: 1.00 CE
Medicine: 1.00 CME, 1.00 ABIM MOC
Nursing: 1.00 CNE
Social Work: 1.00 CE (NASW)
Social Work: 1.00 CE (NYSED)
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Tools & Resources
Dementia Care Resources for CaregiversLast Updated: March 21, 2019
Print or email this handout of caregiver resources for education and support.download
Caring for the CaregiverLast Updated: March 29, 2019
Validated tools for assessing caregiver health and well-being.download
Referral to Community ResourcesLast Updated: March 29, 2019
Community-based resource locators and support services.download
Dementia Care Resources in Our CommunityLast 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.download
Family Caregiver AllianceLast Updated: February 26, 2019
Resource locator, education, and support for caregivers, including disease-specific information.view
Home Health CompareLast Updated: February 26, 2019
Medicare locator of home health agencies.view
Cognitive Impairment Care PlanningLast Updated: February 26, 2019
Guidance from the Alzheimer's Association on utilizing CPT code 99483.view
Alzheimer's Association Referral PadsLast Updated: February 26, 2019
Order free referral pads to easily connect caregivers and people living with dementia to the Alzheimer's Association.view
REACH II Intervention SummaryLast Updated: February 26, 2019
Case study on Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer's Caregiver Health II (REACH II). National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices, 2007.view
CaringKind's Caregiver Storyteller PodcastLast Updated: May 13, 2019
A storytelling podcast about Alzheimer's and dementia caregiving.view
Course References: Supporting the Caregivers of People Living with DementiaLast Updated: February 26, 2019
Course citations. Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2019.download
Cindy Barton, MSN, GNP, BC. Nurse Practitioner, UCSF Memory and Aging Center.
Andrew E. Esch, MD, MBA. Consultant Center to Advance Palliative Care.
Stefanie Bonigut, LCSW. Family Services Manager. Alzheimer's Association of Northern California and Northern Nevada.
Jim Palmer, MSW, LCSW. Palliative Care Social Worker. Mount Sinai Hospital.
Marta Kazandijan, MA, CCC-SLP, BSC-S. Director, Division Speech Pathology and Swallowing. New York Presbyterian Queens and Silvercrest Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation.
Gina Decker. Caregiver.
Constance Dahlin, MSN, ANP-BC, ACHPN, FPCN, FAAN. Consultant, Center to Advance Palliative Care.
Melissa Bakar, MD. Integrated Fellow in Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine. Mount Sinai Hospital.
Karl B. Bezak, MD. Board Certified Internal Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellow
Nora Brennan, RN. Cardiology. University of Pennsylvania Hospital System.
Gail Gongaware, RN, BSN, CCM, MS. Education manager, Education and Training, VNSNY.
Kristin Chouinard, RN, CHPN. Gerontology. North Shore Elder Services, Partners Healthcare.
Philip Higgins, PhD, LICSW. President Lighthouse Counseling of Salem, Inc.
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