Dementia Care Specialist Workforce in California: Role, Practice, Training and Demand

TitleDementia Care Specialist Workforce in California: Role, Practice, Training and Demand
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsFlatt, JD, Hollister, BA, Chapman, S
Date Published02/2018
InstitutionUCSF Health Workforce Research Center on Long-Term Care
CitySan Francisco
Keywordscare coordination, Dementia care workforce, family caregivers, interdisciplinary care teams
Abstract

Issue: More than five million older adults in the U.S. are currently living with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias (ADRD), and the prevalence of ADRD is expected to rise to 16 million by 2050. Dementia care specialists (DCSs) have been proposed as a solution in California aimed at keeping older individuals with ADRD in their homes and assisting with care coordination and supporting caregivers. This study characterizes the roles, practice, training and current demand for DCSs.