New law requires dementia-specific training for long-term care facility staff
Dementia and cognitive impairment are some of the most common conditions for long-term care facility residents. In an effort to make sure these residents are getting the highest quality care, lawmakers in Colorado recently passed a law requiring dementia-specific training for caregivers in assisted living communities as well as other long-term care settings.
The law, which takes effect January 1, 2024, mandates a minimum dementia-specific training requirement for direct care staff in assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and adult day centers. Some facilities are already conducting this type of training voluntarily, while others, such as those with memory care units, are already required to train staff accordingly.
In addition to filling in the dementia training already required for direct care staff in these settings, the law helps reassure residents moving to a different care setting—as well as their families—that the workers have at least the minimum level of training.
Other states have enacted similar measures to require dementia training in the healthcare field. In Illinois, a recent law mandates emergency medical personnel and paramedics to have an hour of training for recognizing symptoms, caring for, treating, and communicating with people who have Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
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