In many instances, the basic training given to personal support workers is insufficient to prepare them for the highly specialized bathing interventions that are required for persons with dementia living in nursing homes. This article will describe the implementation and evaluation of a 12-hour continuing education program designed for front-line caregivers about bathing techniques specific to dementia, using the acronym ART (acknowledgment, respectfulness, tenderness). The results support that educating staff about the unique bathing strategies appropriate for persons with dementia will increase their capacity to deliver personal care that is positive, creative, and respectful.
Lori Schindel Martin, MScN, RN, is director of Ruth Sherman Centre for Research and Education, Shalom Village Nursing Home, and assistant clinical professor in School of Nursing at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Lisa Rozon, BA, is a research assistant at Ruth Sherman Centre, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Sarah McDowell, BSc, is a policy analyst/research associate at Ruth Sherman Centre for Research and Education, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Gertrude Cetinski, MScN, RN, is retired, executive director of Alzheimer Society for Hamilton and Halton, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Kate Kemp, BScN, MEd, RN, is director of care, St. Elizabeth's Village, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Address correspondence to: Lori Schindel Martin, MScN, RN, Ruth Sherman Centre for Research and Education, Shalom Village, 60/70 Macklin St N, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, L8S 3S1. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The authors thank Dr Jenny Ploeg and Dr Jennifer Skelly, School of Nursing, McMaster University, for the thoughtful review of and helpful comments on the manuscript.