By The Clearday Research Team
Increasing demands for dementia care may strain the availability of dementia care specialists. Those who suffer from Alzheimer’s require a high amount of robust, quality care. We believe that many factors may contribute to an under reporting or diagnosis of Alzheimer’s/Dementia. Primary care physicians are considered frontline responders to detecting Alzheimer’s/Dementia, however, as high as 40% of primary care physicians in a survey said they are not comfortable making an Alzheimer’s or dementia diagnosis. (Alzheimer’s Association, 2020).
Certain studies show that family carers’ believed staff were untrained and unskilled in treating dementia patients – according to (Beardon et. al, 2018), “67% of carers were dissatisfied with staff who they felt did not recognize cognitive impairment.” Lack of staff training in dementia care contributes in lower recognition of dementia symptoms, treatment, and most importantly communication, which, with other factors, can lead to adverse events. We believe that shifting the focus on training care professionals to feel more confident in diagnosing is of primary importance.
Creating learning opportunities for care professionals and continuing to workshop strategies and solutions for this ongoing problem are some of the ways we at CleardayTM are striving to make a difference. See how Clearday helps by clicking here.
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