Dementia Care System Redesign
Frequently Asked Questions
Background: Department of Health Services Secretary Kitty Rhoades is committed to changing the way state residents with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias are cared for in Wisconsin. The mission is to provide appropriate, safe and cost-effective care throughout the course of the disease.
Alzheimer's disease and related dementias are already straining health resources in the state. As the baby boom generation ages, more Wisconsin residents will be in need of dementia care, yet they will want that care catered as much as possible to the individual. Secretary Rhoades believes there is no time like the present to begin discussing ways Wisconsin can better treat people with Alzheimers disease or related dementias.
In October of 2013, the Department convened a Dementia Care Stakeholder Summit that brought together 33 key stakeholders with diverse perspectives to identify concrete ways the Department and its partners can work together to make Wisconsin more dementia-capable and to identify priorities. From a report from that summit, DHS created a draft Dementia Care System Redesign Plan with a focus on addressing gaps in the current care delivery infrastructure and expanding community and crisis services for people with dementia.
Stakeholders were instrumental in helping DHS create the Dementia Care System Redesign Plan, also known as the Dementia-Capable Wisconsin Plan. Comments made through a Stakeholder Survey, as well as those provided directly to Department leaders, were reviewed and considered as the Plan was revised. Some of the comments were incorporated into the Plan and others will be included in implementation.
DHS has created five implementation teams to focus on the five broad categories described in the Plan, including:
Stakeholders are currently involved in implementation in the following ways:
The Dementia-Capable Wisconsin Plan includes over 40 strategies. Some of the strategies, such as the Wisconsin Music & Memory Program and a Dementia Friendly Communities chat group through a partner agency, Dementia Friendly Communities in Wisconsin (exit DHS), are already underway. Others, such as the development of additional training opportunities and models for dementia capable crisis intervention teams, are in process. You can request regular email updates on the Plans progress by signing up for the listserv.