In May of 2015, the Department of Health Services finalized a set of guiding principles for the Wisconsin Dementia Care System. The Wisconsin Dementia Care Guiding Principles describe the values and practices necessary to provide high-quality, effective care and support for all people living with dementia. They also include a strong emphasis on prevention or mitigation of crisis situations that may arise, and an emphasis on consumer awareness, person-centered care, and community engagement.
The Wisconsin Dementia Care Guiding Principles are not regulatory in nature and do not replace the many existing high-quality programs, practices and tools already available. Instead, the Wisconsin Dementia Care Guiding Principles supplement these resources and initiatives and provide common terminology and an understanding of the values that are shared by all stakeholders.
Below are links to help readers easily navigate the in-depth Wisconsin Dementia Care Guiding Principles booklet and a sample of the accompanying poster.
Wisconsin Dementia Care Guiding Principles Booklet
Wisconsin Dementia Care Guiding Principles (PDF, 4.1 MB)
- Purpose of Guiding Principles
- Guiding Principles at a Glance
- Guiding Principle #1 - Personal Liberties
- Guiding Principle #2 - Community Awareness
- Guiding Principle #3 - Early Detection and Diagnosis
- Guiding Principle #4 - Independence and Choice
- Guiding Principle #5 - Individualized Care and Services
- Guiding Principle #6 - Meaningful Activities
- Guiding Principle #7 - Coordinated Systems
- Guiding Principle #8 - Education and Training
- Guiding Principle #9 - Communication through Behaviors
- Guiding Principle #10 - Environment and Living Space
- Appendix - Definitions
Wisconsin Dementia Care Guiding Principles Poster
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