Do you think that people who have dementia can be better supported when their caregivers have special training in memory care?
A bill has been introduced in Connecticut to help people with dementia receive care that’s specific to their needs. Under Senate Bill 179
, the following types of facilities would be required to ensure that staff receive annual training in Alzheimer's disease and dementia symptoms and care:
Rest homes with nursing supervision
Home health agencies
Residential care homes
Assisted living services agencies
Licensed hospice care organizations
Alzheimer's special care units or programs
In Iowa, ADC 481-57.7
[PDF] has been introduced by the Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA) to amend Residential Care Facilities, or Chapter 57 of the Iowa Administrative Code. The amendment proposes methods for strengthening Iowa’s policies on dementia care, including ensuring that all staff who work in memory care units or facilities receive training appropriate to residents’ needs. To support Iowa’s efforts to advance person-centered, abilities-based dementia care, CPI’s Dementia Care Specialists
offering has provided the DIA with written comment on the amendment.
At CPI, we support these legislative efforts because we believe that dementia care training empowers staff to maximize function, safety, and quality of life for people who have dementia. We’re pleased that Iowa and Connecticut are part of a flurry of states such as Minnesota
, which have introduced similar legislation, and Massachusetts
, which has passed similar legislation.
We will continue to monitor Iowa and Connecticut's efforts and post updates as they develop.
June 25, 2014 UPDATE: Connecticut's bill and Iowa's amendments have passed in their legislatures. Find out how Dementia Capable Care training can help you meet the training requirements in Connecticut and Iowa.