The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), and its membership division Dementia Care Professionals of America, recently teamed up with the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing in New York for education and best practices in dementia care. “This marked the first time that [Dementia Care Professionals of America] provided on-site training to an entire class of nursing students—a model that it now hopes to expand to other schools across the country,” according to a release.
A DVD-based program with class discussion was administered to 160 undergraduate and graduate nursing students, who passed an exam earning the status of AFA Qualified Dementia Care Provider. Dementia Care Professionals of America has trained more than 5,500 professionals since AFA founded the division in 2004.
The daylong training at Hunter-Bellevue included a basic understanding of dementia; management of activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing and prevention of falls; management of behavioral problems, including aggression, nighttime wandering and sexually inappropriate behavior; and principles of basic care. It was part of a grant awarded to AFA by the New York State Department of Health, Division of Chronic Disease Prevention and Adult Health.