Journal article

'I know they are not trained in dementia': Addressing the need for specialist dementia training for home care workers

Meg Polacsek, Anita Goh, Sue Malta, Brendan Hallam, Luke Gahan, Claudia Cooper, Lee-Fay Low, Gill Livingston, Anita Panayiotou, Samantha Loi, Maho Omoro, Steven Savvas, Frances Batchelor, David Ames, Colleen Doyle, Sam Scherer, Briony Dow

Health & Social Care in the Community | WILEY | Published : 2019

Abstract

Global population ageing has meant a rapid increase in the numbers of older people with dementia, most of whom live in their own homes. Staying at home is an important determinant of health and well-being. As care needs increase, the quality of community support which older people receive directly influences their capacity to remain in their own homes. While many are supported informally by family carers, formal support provided by home care workers often enables them to remain at home for longer period. However, providing community-based care for people with dementia can be challenging. Workers often lack training in dementia-specific care for clients with increasingly complex needs, and ty..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors are partially supported by an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Boosting Dementia Project Grant.