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The Foundations of Dementia Care: Context for a Program Evaluation Research Study

HEID-GRUBMAN, JEANNE MA; REED, PETER PHD, MPH; GOULD, ELIZABETH MSW; WESTLUND, JENNIFER MSW; BLUETHMANN, SHELLEY MA, MPH

doi: 10.1097/ACQ.0b013e3181cd1a68
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Foundations of Dementia Care is the evidence-based training curriculum developed as a key component of the Alzheimer's Association's Campaign for Quality Residential Care, a comprehensive and multifaceted initiative with the goal of enhancing the lives of residents with dementia. This article discusses the development of this national dementia care training program, including the process of formation, curriculum design, conceptual influences, and tools for delivery. It also introduces the 4-state, control-designed evaluation research study conducted by researchers at the University of North Carolina and Duke University to assess the impact of the program.

Jeanne Heid-Grubman, MA, is Healthcare Administrator, the Holmstad, Covenant Retirement Community, Batavia, Illinois.

Peter Reed, PhD, MPH, is President and CEO, Center for Health Improvement (CHI), Sacramento, California.

Elizabeth Gould, MSW, is Director, Quality Care Programs, Alzheimer's Association National Office, Chicago, Illinois.

Jennifer Westlund, MSW, is Associate Director, Quality Care, Alzheimer's Association National Office, Chicago, Illinois.

Shelley Morrison Bluethmann,MA, MPH, is Director, Early-Stage Initiatives, Alzheimer's Association National Office, Chicago, Illinois.

Address correspondence to: Jeanne Heid-Grubman, MA, The Holmstad, Covenant Retirement Communities, 831 Batavia Ave, Batavia, IL 60510 (JHGrubman@covenantretirement.org).

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