Alzheimer’s Association launches pilot to help ALFs care for patients

The Alzheimer’s Association has launched a pilot program to connect dementia care experts with assisted-living facilities (ALF). The program is modeled after ECHO, or Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes, a telemonitoring program that uses videoconferencing to share information. This pilot connects dementia care experts with leaders from ALFs. The program lasts six months and will include presentations and case studies to enhance care.

The ECHO program started with hepatitis C specialists helping rural primary care providers in treating hep C patients. The dementia program will align with the Alzheimer’s Association Dementia Care Practice Recommendations released earlier this year.

Key topics to be addressed include:

  • Fundamentals of person-centered dementia care
  • Detection and diagnosis for nonphysicians
  • Person-centered assessment and care planning
  • Co-morbidities and medical management for nonphysicians
  • Information, education and support needs of individuals living with dementia and caregivers
  • Evidence-based nonpharmacological practices
  • Progressive support for activities of daily living
  • Building and supporting the workforce
  • Supportive and therapeutic environments
  • Interventions for transitions in care
  • Evaluating person-centered practices

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