Residential Long-term Care & Care Partner (Caregiver) Support
TFAD Recommendation #6
Residential Long-term Care
This recommendation covers skilled nursing facilities, assisted living, residential facilities for groups and individuals. Further, a statewide committee including Nevada Health Care Association, Aging and Disabilities Services Division’s Community-Based Care Programs, Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, the Bureau of Health Quality and Compliance, CoMagine Health and a caregiver/care partner, a resident living with dementia, and one member of TFAD. The focus is to identify and implement recommendations, improvements, and resources within residential long-term care to support the health and well-being of all residents, including those living with dementia.
Providing funding or incentives will encourage long-term care providers to increase capacity for people living with dementia and the ability to provide person-centered care and relationship-centered care. Emphasizing person-centered care planning ensures residents, their families, and staff experience respect, support, self-worth, empowerment, well-being, and inclusion in every day community life.
Long-term care staff will attend annual continuing education emphasizing the importance of treating co-morbidities, addressing injury risk, utilizing public health guides for emergency preparedness and emergency response, and attending to behavioral health needs among residents living with dementia while supporting an increase in accurate diagnoses and providing effective
Residential Long-term Care
Residential long-term care includes skilled nursing facilities, assisted living, residential facilities for groups and homes for individual care. TFAD recommends maintaining the statewide committee with membership from skilled nursing and assisted living sectors, at least one family caregiver, one resident living with dementia, and a member of TFAD.
The desire is to increase the capacity for people living with dementia and the ability to provide person-directed and relationship-centered care with an emphasis on person-centered care planning to ensure that residents, their families, and staff feel and experience respect, support, self-worth, empowerment, well-being, and inclusion in everyday community life. Long-term care staff needs annual continuing education emphasizing the importance of treating co-morbidities, addressing injury risk, utilizing public health guides for emergency preparedness, and emergency response and attending to behavioral health needs among residents living with dementia while supporting accurate diagnoses and providing effective care planning.
Care Partner Support (caregiver)
According to the Alzheimer’s Associations 2022 Facts and Figures an estimated 48,000 caregivers are providing 79 million hours of unpaid care to Nevadans living with dementia. 80% of these caregivers have chronic health problems and 18% have depression. Caregiver support interventions can help improve health and well-being. Effective caregivers can delay nursing home admissions of the person living with dementia when caregivers are provided the skills and resources (emotional, social, psychological, and/or technological) to continue helping the care recipient.
TFAD supports providing caregivers with information about and access to education, support services, and resources to:
· Promote knowledge and understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias
· Increase understanding of effective approaches to care partnering to support people living with dementia
· Provide and expand respite services for families and caregivers
· Emphasize the importance of maintaining caregiver’s health and well-being
Support services might include family care consultations, caregiver support groups, educational opportunities, including those focusing on the proactive approach of family caregiver health and respite.
TFAD seeks to improve access to support services and programs for families and people living with dementia including:
· Broadening the eligibility requirements for programs so that more families may benefit from them, regardless of financial status or age
· Supporting the work of organizations across the state that are focused on improving the lives of those living with dementia and their caregivers and family
· Sustaining a statewide information and referral system for families, caregivers, and people living with dementia