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2005 Grant - Zimmerman
Evaluating the Alzheimer's Association Training Program for Direct Care Staff
Sheryl Zimmerman, Ph.D.
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
2005 Investigator-Initiated Research Grant
The Alzheimer's Association has embarked on a campaign to improve the quality of care for people with Alzheimer's disease and dementia in residential care facilities and nursing homes. Practice recommendations related to basics of dementia care, food and fluid intake, activity involvement, and pain management have been developed based on research and input from Association chapters and care experts. Personnel from chapter affiliates of the Alzheimer's Association will be trained to provide classroom instruction on these practices to direct care staff in assisted living facilities and nursing homes.
Dr. Sheryl Zimmerman's proposed project will be a collaborative effort between an experienced investigative team and the Alzheimer's Association in order to (1) evaluate the extent to which training improves staff knowledge; (2) learn the extent to which training improves staff assessment and care practices; (3) assess the extent to which training improves residents' outcomes (i.e., food and fluid intake, activity involvement and pain management); and (4) identify factors in care settings that influence the quality of training, assessment, care and outcomes. The degree to which the training is provided as intended will also be evaluated.
Findings from this study may have widespread implications for practice, policy and outcomes across all types of residential long-term care.