An update on dementia training programmes in home and community care

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Abstract

Purpose of review

Many people living with dementia (PLWD) wish to continue living at home. The quality of home care services directly influences their ability to stay at home, their quality of life, and can promote independence for PLWD, and reduce burden for the family carer. For high-quality, effective, person-centred community-based dementia care, a knowledgeable and empathetic workforce is crucial. This article presents an up-to-date review and summary of the literature investigating dementia training programmes for community home care professionals and care workers, referred to collectively as home care workers (HCWs).

Recent findings

We reviewed the literature between October 2016 and April 2018 on dementia training for HCWs. We found a significant lack of evidence-based, codesigned specialist dementia training programmes for HCWs that address the needs of all stakeholders in home care, and which formally measure outcomes.

Summary

In order to enable PLWD to maintain living at home in the community, dementia-friendly and knowledgeable HCWs are needed. This review highlights the need for more research into the design and evaluation of evidence-based dementia specialist training programmes for community care.

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