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Dementia Care Required in Massachusetts Nursing Homes

July 26, 2012

A new Massachusetts law requires direct-care workers employed in nursing homes to be trained in dementia care.

The law — signed earlier this month by Governor Deval Patrick (D) — applies to all nursing homes licensed in the state, regardless of whether they offer specialized dementia-care units.

In addition, the law requires nursing home supervisors and activity directors to receive dementia-specific training.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health will collaborate with the state’s Alzheimer’s Association and representatives from the nursing home industry to develop specialized training requirements for direct-care workers.

The bill requiring dementia training was first proposed in the Massachusetts House earlier this year.

An estimated 120,000 people with Alzheimer’s live in Massachusetts.

– by Matthew Ozga

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