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Quality Care

The Alzheimer’s Association is committed to improving the quality of life for persons living with dementia. To better respond to their needs we collaborated with other leaders in dementia care to develop the evidenced-based Alzheimer’s Association Dementia Care Practice Recommendations which address the fundamental areas in quality dementia care: assessment, communication and understanding behavior, social needs and activities, proper nutrition, reducing pain, falls, wandering, restraint-free care, and end-of-life care. Designed for professional care providers working in either a residential community or in-home environment, the Dementia Care Practice Recommendations are founded on the principles of Person-Centered Care. They have been supported by more than 30 leading health and senior care organizations that are listed within the specific Dementia Care Practice Recommendation document.


Dementia Care Practice Recommendations

The Gerontologist (148 pages)
The NICE-SCIE Guideline on Supporting People with Dementia and their Careers in Health and Social Care (392 pages)
Quality End-of-Life Care for Individuals with Dementia in Assisted Living and Nursing Homes and Public Policy Barriers to Delivering this Care Interview Paper  (26 pages)
Evidence on Interventions Literature Review (Phase 1) (20 pages)
Falls, Wandering and Physical Restraints Literature Review (11 pages)
End-of-Life Literature Review (35 pages)
Consumer-Directed Services Issue Brief (20 pages)
Medicaid Managed Long-Term Care Issue Brief (17 pages)
Eligibility Issues for Medicaid Long-Term Care (20 pages)

The Alzheimer’s Association essentiALZ® individual certification as well as our classroom-based Foundations of Dementia Care are based on the Dementia Care Practice Recommendations.

See other dementia care training programs that have been recognized for meeting the Dementia Care Practice Recommendations.


Residential Care

Find the tools needed to develop or enhance the programs for persons living with dementia.

Contact information

For information on services located in your community, call us at 800-272-3900, or contact your local Alzheimer's Association.

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Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.