Outcomes of a Dementia Care training program for staff in nursing homes and residential care/assisted living settings

Sheryl Zimmerman, C. Madeline Mitchell, David Reed, John S. Preisser, Susan Fletcher, Anna Song Beeber, Peter S. Reed, Elizabeth Gould, Stephanie Hughes, Eleanor S. Mcconnell, Kirsten N. Corazzini, Deborah Lekan, Philip D. Sloane

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Abstract

This article reports on the results of a nested cohort group-randomized trial of 6 training sessions of Foundations of Dementia Care, a national training curriculum for nursing home and residential care/assisted living staff. Staff from 9 nursing homes and 7 residential care/assisted living settings in 4 states, including 491 direct care staff and 171 supervisors, participated in the project. Entire facilities were randomly assigned to receive either the 6-week training or not. Primary findings included improved knowledge in 2 of 6 areas immediately posttraining and in 1 area 3 months posttraining, an increase in supervisors' reported likelihood to work with other staff (the key teaching of another of the 6 sessions) but also a perception of less support from their own supervisors, and an increase in work stress.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)83-99
Number of pages17
JournalAlzheimer's Care Today
Volume11
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Behavior
  • Dose
  • Fidelity
  • Key words: attitudes
  • Knowledge
  • Organization
  • Satisfaction
  • Stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Gerontology
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology

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    Zimmerman, S., Mitchell, C. M., Reed, D., Preisser, J. S., Fletcher, S., Beeber, A. S., Reed, P. S., Gould, E., Hughes, S., Mcconnell, E. S., Corazzini, K. N., Lekan, D., & Sloane, P. D. (2010). Outcomes of a Dementia Care training program for staff in nursing homes and residential care/assisted living settings. Alzheimer's Care Today, 11(2), 83-99. https://doi.org/10.1097/ACQ.0b013e3181dc1aad