Massachusetts has a notable history. It’s given us Pilgrims, the Boston Tea Party, and a few Presidents. So, it’s no surprise that Massachusetts is one of the first to change their state’s view on dementia care.
The state is creating new rules to improve dementia care and memory care training for those who treat patients with dementia. The new rules would require nursing homes with memory care units to give staff eight hours of initial training time and four more hours each year. Regulators intend for every nursing home care worker in the state to receive this training, since an estimated 60% of nursing home residents have some type of dementia.
The state is continuing the push towards better memory care, last year they established minimum standards for dementia care units and there’s a push for licensing among all homes because some have patients with dementia. Nursing homes agree that training would be beneficial but do not want to pay for it. However, the training is direly needed since more and more elderly patients are exhibiting signs of dementia. With the Baby Boomers reaching nursing home age, training and better memory care is needed now more than ever.
See article at Senior Housing News.