In response to family caregivers’ stories of challenging medical appointments, community groups’ requests for dementia friendly training materials, and the increasing number of people living with dementia, CARE developed training materials to build communication and advocacy skills to respectfully engage people living with dementia.
CARE’s dementia friendly training materials can be used with students, healthcare or other professional staff, family caregivers, community groups or local businesses. They include:
- Dementia Friendly Toolkit: Role Play Simulations for Care and Community Settings (pdf) – Includes six multi-role simulations, facilitator and discussion guides, setting and equipment suggestions, additional information about each scenario and links to community resources
- Understanding Dementia for Dementia Friendly Communities (video) – Explains what dementia is, how dementia affects the brain, risk factors and the impact on families and communities
- Communication Tips for Dementia Friendly Communities (video) – Lists ten tips to communicate clearly and respectfully with people with dementia or cognitive impairment and shows the tips being used in common situations
- Tips for Family Caregivers to Make Healthcare Dementia Friendly (video) – Gives family members tips to prepare for and communicate during medical appointments and shows the tips being used during an appointment
- Tips for Providers to Make Healthcare Dementia Friendly (video) – Gives healthcare providers tips to communicate with and advocate for people with dementia and their family caregivers and shows the tips being used during an appointment
There are also scenario-specific, open-source audio tracks that can be played during the role play simulations (click to download): Bank, Clinic, Restaurant and Retail.
Thanks to the Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment and the Helen Daniels Bader Fund of Bader Philanthropies for support to develop the toolkit and training videos, and to the Evjue Foundation for support to disseminate the toolkit to community groups.
I learned specific strategies for communicating in ways that are easy to understand, like speaking in short simple sentences, and helping them narrow down choices gradually.
It was really helpful to see common situations from the side of persons with dementia.
I appreciated the opportunity to practice in a safe space and see how my actions can affect persons with cognitive impairment or dementia and their families.
—Three UW–Madison students who trialed the dementia friendly simulations
Assembling your Toolkit!
- The booklet, which contains all information needed to carry out six role-play simulations, is available for purchase here
- The four short training videos are accessed using the links to the left
- The four ambient audio tracks are accessed using the links to the left
We do not provide simulation equipment. The booklet walks you through several options to reduce the sensory perception of participants in the role of a person living with dementia.
- Dementia Friendly Hospital Toolkit
- New Toolkit Guides Professionals, Others in Scenarios Involving Dementia
- Crafting Tools for Dementia Friendly Care and Communities
- Milwaukee County Department on Aging videos: Through the eyes of a person with dementia
- Community Supports for People with Dementia
- Clinical Simulations’ Potential to Improve Geriatric Care
- Geriatric Care Simulation Toolkits
- Making Communities and Future Professionals More Dementia Friendly
- Creating Dementia-Friendly Health Care Organizations
- The Fox Valley Memory Project: Creating Dementia-Friendly Communities