Long-Term Care Workforce Issues: Practice Principles for Quality Dementia Care

Susan D. Gilster, Marie Boltz, Jennifer L. Dalessandro

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Abstract

Purpose : This article is one in a series of articles in this supplement addressing best practice for quality dementia care. The Alzheimer's Association, in revising their Dementia Care Practice Recommendations for 2017 has identified staff across the long-term care spectrum as a distinct and important determinant of quality dementia care. The purpose of this article is to highlight areas for developing and supporting a dementia-capable workforce. Methods : The Alzheimer's Association Principles For Advocacy To Assure Quality Dementia Care Across Settings provide a framework to examine interventions to support the dementia care workforce in long-term care settings. Evidence-based approaches that represent these principles are discussed: (a) staffing, (b) staff training, (c) compensation, (d) supportive work environments, (e) career growth and retention, and (f) engagement with family. Results : Although not all settings currently require attention to the principles described, this article proposes these principles as best practice recommendations. Recommendations and future research considerations to further improve the lives of those who live and work in nursing homes, assisted living, hospice, and home care, are proposed. Additional areas to improve the quality of a dementia care workforce person-centered care information, communication and interdepartmental teamwork, and ongoing evaluation are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S103-S113
JournalGerontologist
Volume58
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 18 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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