UNC Launches Training Program to Improve Dementia Patients’ Care

UNC Launches Training Program to Improve Dementia Patients’ Care
A new program called the Dementia Friendly Hospital Initiative is set to be launched in North Carolina to raise awareness among healthcare providers on how patients with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia experience care interventions and how to meet their needs. Led by the University of North Carolina School of Medicine's division of geriatric medicine and the Center for Aging and Health, this initiative will provide specialized “dementia-friendly” training in four UNC Health Care system hospitals. It is expected to reach approximately 5,500 dementia patients, age 65 and older, every year. Starting at UNC Hospitals Hillsborough Campus, the program is designed to heighten awareness on how to compassionately address the needs of each patient. It’s expected that by this fall, all clinical and nonclinical staff will be fully trained. The training is expected to start this year and be expanded to NC Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill, Pardee UNC Health Care in Hendersonville, and Wayne UNC Health Care in Goldsboro during 2020. In all, the initiative will involve some 3,900 employees. ”Hospitalization can be traumatic for patients with dementia and challenging for caregivers and families,” Jan Busby-Whitehead, MD, the initiative’s chief researcher, said in a
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