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Long-Term Care Workforce Issues: Practice Principles for Quality Dementia Care

Journal Article
January 1, 2018

This article highlights evidence-based priorities for developing and supporting a dementia-capable workforce, including direct care workers. In revising the Dementia Care Practice Recommendations in 2017, the Alzheimer’s Association identifies staff across the long-term care spectrum as a distinct and important determinant of quality dementia care.

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Key Takeaways

Key considerations include training, compensation, supportive environments, and career growth.
Additional priorities include person-centered information exchange, communication and interdepartmental teamwork.
Creating a competent dementia care workforce requires attention to workers' multiple needs and desires.
 
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