Two bills can help improve dementia care in CT
Eighty thousand people are living with Alzheimer's or another form of dementia in Connecticut. Although many would like to receive care and services in their home, there are currently no requirements for dementia training for homemaker companions.
People living with dementia have unique challenges not experienced with other chronic conditions. It is imperative that home health care staff are trained to provide specialized dementia care.
Seven years ago, my wife, Carol, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Although Alzheimer's has taken away some skills and abilities, she continues to function fairly well, with assistance from me.
At some point, I know I will not be able to care for Carol at home by myself, and I will need to hire professional help. It is critically important to me that the help I hire is trained in giving good quality and respectful care to Carol.
There are two important bills that will be voted on in the Connecticut legislature: a Statewide Dementia Services Coordinator to enhance coordination of services, and Raised Bill #1025, which would require dementia training for Homemaker Companion Agency staff.