ROCHESTER, N.H., April 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Frisbie Memorial Hospital announced recently that a team from its Geriatric Psychiatry Program, including nurses and therapists, has completed training to earn Dementia Care Specialist certification. The Dementia Capable Care Foundation Course training, offered by the Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI), which specializes in training and consulting in behavior management and dementia care, is designed to "establish a common framework of understanding about the stages of dementia and approaches to care." This systemic approach assists staff in considering the person inside the physical body, the developmental levels associated with the stages of dementia, as well as the patient's remaining abilities and behavior and communication. The belief is that organizations committed to utilizing this approach are likewise committed to implementing the "best-abilities approach" system-wide.
It is anticipated that by year end 2016, all Geriatric Psychiatry staff will have completed the Dementia Capable Care Foundation course training, with the expectation that future Geriatric Psychiatry staff will be certified as Dementia Care Specialists to enhance the individualized care provided by the Geriatric Psychiatry staff to this unique and specialized population.
Frisbie Memorial Hospital's Geriatric Psychiatry Program specializes in caring for people age 65 years and older with mental and behavioral health issues including dementia, Alzheimer's disease, and major depression, in both inpatient and outpatient settings. The Geriatric Psychiatry team is comprised of geriatric psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, socials workers and therapists. For more information about Frisbie's Geriatric Psychiatry Services, visit frisbiehospital.com.
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