Friday, July 1, 2011

When It's Time to Transition: Staff

This is the third and final post in a series

Earlier we discussed questions to ask about a facility's environment and services specific to dementia care. Today we're suggesting areas to consider asking -- yourself or residential home officials -- about staff. Once again, we thank CAHR for providing this checklist.
  • Do people, particularly the direct care staff, have special training in dementia care? How many hours? And at what frequency?
  • What role does the staff have in the care planning process?
  • What role does the resident and family or legal representative have in the care planning process?
  • Does someone with special training with dementia patients coordinate the activity program? Are they full time? Do they have assistants?
  • Is staff assigned to work with the same residents?
  • What is the ratio of direct care staff to residents at each shift?
  • Who supervises staff? What are their qualifications?
  • What special training does the administrator and supervisors receive in dementia care?

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