All four associations and many others met in Madison on May 29 to discuss the 10 topics in the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh Briefing Paper on Dementia Care Standards. As the draft standards go through the process of review and edits, DHS is requesting that the associations consolidate edits and comments from their members on the draft. WALA will be distributing the next version of the draft to the membership in the near future.
- Crisis Response Training
- Dementia Generalist Training
- Dementia Specialist Training
- Challenging Behavioral Specialist
- Challenging Behavioral Specialist – Train the Trainer
- Renewal Training Courses
There were many concerns raised at this meeting, including:
- Having “standards” for dementia care may not make sense for the 75% of people with dementia who are supported in their own homes. The recommendation from many was that these need to be “guidelines” and not standards.
- Most of the trainings will be held online. Concern was expressed for those with limited accessibility to internet, especially in rural settings.
- Concern for the cost of these sessions – will they be affordable to family caregivers and providers alike?
- While these trainings listed above are optional currently, there may be a push from DHS to have all providers who specialize in dementia have this dementia specialist training.
- Who pays for the additional training? How will these trainings work in a Family Care managed environment. Providers cannot afford another cost to an already tight budget.
- Curriculum for these trainings have already been developed without using existing materials available by stakeholders – such as WALA’s Standards of Practice.
If you wish to be on the review committee for the draft curriculum and briefing paper please contact Jim Murphy, Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. The review will be done electronically so travel is not required.