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Alzheimer's Association looks at changes to dementia care in WI

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The Alzheimer's Association has been a part of a committee with the  Department of Health Services and Kitty Rhoades to look at systematic changes as it relates to Dementia care in Wisconsin.

In early October, the Department partnered with The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread to convene a Dementia Care Stakeholder Summit to identify concrete ways in which we can work together to make Wisconsin more "dementia-capable."

Summit participants identified six top priorities for prompt intervention by the Department.

Major focus areas include:
1. Community Awareness and Services:

•Increase understanding and awareness of dementia.
•Expand early identification and intervention.
•Provide support for family caregivers.

2. Facility Based Long Term Care:
•Address barriers that deter some residential care facilities from admitting and
providing ongoing care for residents with challenging behaviors.
•Continue to improve the quality of dementia care in facility settings.
•Promote dementia-friendly facility designs
3. Care for People with Significant Challenging Behaviors:
•Expand capacity for crisis response and stabilization.
•Clarify procedures for emergency protective placement.
•Address the shortage of facilities designated to accept emergency protective

4. Dementia Care Standards and Training:
•Catalog and publicize existing dementia care training programs.
•Develop dementia care standards for caregivers, providers and other
•Provide additional training opportunities relating to dementia care.
•Create incentives for compliance with staff training and other standards.

5.Research and Data Collection:
•Develop and implement a data collection plan to facilitate quality measurement
related to dementia care.
•Conduct an inventory of dementia care providers
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