Alliance Care has found that three factors drive quality of care in these case:
1. Training - there is simply no substitute for caregiver training in dementia care. Our nurse has created a set of mandatory in-service lessons that our caregivers must complete in order to certify for dementia care. This training focuses on the physiological causes of the disease and the resulting impact of the patient and family.
2. Experience - while training helps staff prepare for the challenges of dementia care in no way can it substitute for actual experience. Unfortunately, when dealing with dementia, mistakes can result in serious injury to the patient or others. As we staff these cases Alliance Care seek individuals that have cared for dementia patients.
3. Consistency - dementia patients often become extremely dependent on consistency in their schedule, in people caring for them, and sometimes the way in which things are done. Simple tasks like bathing and dressing are accomplished much easier if it is part of a regular pattern in their lives. Alliance Care always goes out of the way to maintain consistency of personnel on cases, but in dementia care it becomes mandatory.