Decoding Dementia Training: Analyzing Impact and Effectiveness


AdobeStock_626229583In a world where data rules supreme, the efficacy of dementia training has become a critical question. As someone who was once indifferent to data intricacies, my journey towards valuing it was sparked by our own journey at ATI's with the growing reliance on solid data to drive business decisions. Let's break down the key questions that can guide us through the maze of information when evaluating dementia training.

The Fundamental Questions:

  1. Quality Care Improvement: Is the training enhancing care for residents, clients, patients, or families?

  2. Empathy and Compassion: Does the training swiftly build empathy and compassion, crucial for person-centered care?

  3. Practicality Check: Is the training practical, offering easily applicable skills for effective communication with individuals living with dementia?

  4. Empowerment: Does the training empower care partners, fostering a sense of value for their professional skills and encouraging continuous learning?

  5. Job Satisfaction Boost: Is there a correlation between the training and improved job satisfaction among caregivers?

  6. Cultural Impact: Does the training contribute to shaping the desired culture of care within the organization?

  7. ROI Focus: What tangible Return on Investment (ROI) can be expected from investing in effective training?

  8. Feedback Loop: Are there active channels for collecting feedback from those undergoing training to ensure continuous improvement?

Beyond the Checkbox: Experiential Learning

The blog raises a red flag about the common practice of caregivers sitting in front of a computer screen for training. While convenient, it begs the question of its effectiveness. Enter a strategy showing an exponential increase in retention and application rates, soaring from below 10% to over 80%.  Download the Dementia Live White Paper Here


The Call to Action:

The resounding call to action is clear: Dive into the data, scrutinize, and identify areas for improvement in dementia training and education. ATI's experience emphasizes the necessity of systematic data collection and analysis, with available tools to construct a robust framework for effective dementia training.

Does it Work? 

The journey from skepticism to fervent advocacy for data's role in evaluating dementia training mirrors a broader shift in valuing tangible outcomes for any organization's decision making and goal setting. The ultimate message is clear—asking "Does it work?" isn't just a data-driven inquiry; it's a moral imperative to ensure the delivery of quality care to those who need it most.

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