On January 25, 2016, the state of Hawaii proposed bill HB 1876, [PDF] written to require an expansion of dementia training for caregivers:
  • The bill requires the Department of Health Services to study an expansion of dementia training for caregivers: anyone who has a legal or contractual duty to care for the health, safety, or welfare of another individual.
  • The Department shall require training on dementia for all caregivers. Training shall include orientation, basic training, specialty training as appropriate, and continuing education.
  • The Department shall require all facility employees and volunteers who routinely interact with individuals with dementia to compflete the training.
  • This Act shall take effect on June 1, 2017, and the department shall establish the criteria for all levels of dementia training by June 1, 2018. 

Dementia Care Specialists Can Help You Meet the Proposed Certification Requirements!
Helping You Train Staff
Dementia care units and facilities across the US use our Dementia Capable Care training program to raise the standard for memory care. Training focuses on information about Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, discusses how to communicate with people who have dementia and their families, and centers on how to maximize function, safety, independence, and quality of life for residents with dementia.

How to Get Training
Our training can be tailored to the unique needs of your facility, staff, and residents. With our train-the-trainer option, select staff can be certified to teach the Dementia Capable Care training program to other staff on a continuing basis. We have numerous public programs coming up throughout the US, and customizable on-site training is also available.