This initiative sought to boost the knowledge and confidence of service providers and family caregivers who support non-institutionalized persons with dementia. The project developed and delivered a series of education and on-site sessions to home support workers, case managers, and home support supervisors. After training, case managers increased the time spent with family caregivers. All members of the support team benefited from an experimental, dedicated case management position at a local hospital to screen, manage, and discharge patients with dementia. Researchers found that more home support workers than expected were interested in the program. Participants said their knowledge, confidence, and team pride “immeasurably increased” as a result of this project.
This project was supported by the Health Transition Fund, which was created in 1997 to provide support for evidence-based decision-making in health care reform by supporting pilot and evaluation projects which test innovative approaches to health care delivery. The views expressed herein do no necessarily represent the official policy of federal, provincial, or territorial governments.