Best Practices in Dementia Care and Caregiver Support
Supporting the Caregivers of People Living with Dementia
Last 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 (Medical Knowledge Only)
- 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 Caregivers
Print or email this handout of caregiver resources for education and support.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 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
Best Practice Caregiving
Single source of detailed information to learn about and compare more than 40 evidence-based programs to support caregivers of people with dementia. For use by healthcare and community service organizations, providers, funders and policy makers.view
Family Caregiver Alliance
Resource locator, education, and support for caregivers, including disease-specific information.view
Home Health Compare
Medicare locator of home health agencies.view
Cognitive Impairment Care Planning
Guidance from the Alzheimer's Association on utilizing CPT code 99483.view
Alzheimer's Association Referral Pads
Order free referral pads to easily connect caregivers and people living with dementia to the Alzheimer's Association.view
CaringKind's Caregiver Storyteller Podcast
A storytelling podcast about Alzheimer's and dementia caregiving.view
Course References: Supporting the Caregivers of People Living with Dementia
Course citations. Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2019.download
A Guide to Alzheimer’s Caregiving
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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.
Komal D’Souza, MD. Palliative Medicine, Northwestern Medicine.*
Karl Bezak, MD. Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Palliative Care and Medical Ethics, University of Pittsburg (UPMC).*
Melissa Bakar, MD. Assistant Professor, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
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.
*indicates ABIM Peer Reviewer
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