Dementia Care Project Highlights - January/February 2015

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Dementia Care System Redesign

Community Awareness and Services Team

  • Collaborated with the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to begin piloting an optional dementia curriculum for middle and high school health classes.
     
  • Completed and initial draft of the Dementia Friendly Communities Tool Kit.
     
  • Drafted sections of a Dementia Friendly Employers Tool Kit and began developing web pages to make it available to the public.
     
  • Initiated development of a "Policies and Best Practices Manual" for the Alzheimer's Family Caregiver Support Program (AFCSP).
     
  • Released the Department of Health Services Tribal Dementia Care Specialist pilot project grant application and held an informational conference call.

Facility Based Long-Term Care Team

  • Conducted the last of ten scheduled visits to facilities to observe promising and innovative dementia friendly practices.
     
  • Conducted the Music & Memory kickoff webinar, which hosted participants from Wisconsin's 248 certified Music & Memory nursing homes.
     
  • Learned that Wisconsin nursing homes are now ranked 3rd lowest in the nation in the use of psychotropic medication.
     
  • Continued to develop a publication that will report on citations frequently issued to nursing homes and help to identify strategies for providers to improve services and avoid serious violations.

Crisis Response and Stabilization Team

  • Developed a framework for updating crisis stabilization strategies and priorities..
     
  • Sent the Emergency Protective Placement survey to county Elder Adult at Risk/Adult at Risk (EAAR/AAR) agencies.

Dementia Care Guiding Principles and Training Team

  • Launched the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Crisis Response training.
     
  • Finalized a draft training catalog to publicize existing dementia care training programs.

Research and Data Collection Team

  • Began preliminary planning for a Facilities Inventory Survey.
Last Revised: April 14, 2015