Efficacy of Multi-Disciplinary Training Modules on Alzheimer's Special Care Staff

Grant Winners

  • Soledad Arguelles, Ph.D. – Abraham S. Fischler School of Education
  • Maryellen Maher, Ph.D. – Abraham S. Fischler School of Education
  • Leonard Levy, Ph.D., HPD – College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Fran L. Tetunic, JD – Shepard Broad Law Center

Deans

  • H. Wells Singleton – Abraham S. Fischler School of Education
  • Anthony Silvagni – College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Joseph Harbaugh – Shepard Broad Law Center

Abstract

2004-2005 Faculty Research and Development Grant Award Winner.

Based on data from the Alzheimer's Association, the number of new Alzheimer cases each year will more than double, from a little over 400,000 a year in 2000 to nearly 1 million a year by 2050. The focus of this study will be to provide a multi-disciplinary training model to resident staff to improve their skills and knowledge levels in an effort to improve services to Assisted Living/Special Care residents with Alzheimer's or related dementia. The study will be conducted at an Assisted Living Facility which incorporates a Special Care Unit. Three distinct and separate NSU units will coordinate their resources to produce a series of training modules (i.e., Behavior Management, Systems Planning, Communication, Conflict Resolution, and Medical Orientation). Both formative and summative evaluations will be conducted.