Dementia Capable Care

TMC has been recognized by the Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) as a Dementia Capable Care Society Leader. TMC utilizes CPI’s Dementia Capable Care Program, which delivers comprehensive training that embodies an abilities-based approach to care. Understanding is built on an exploration of the behavioral challenges presented by persons with dementia and develops appropriate responses to those behaviors. This program meets the Alzheimer’s Association Dementia Care Practice Recommendations.

Dementia Capable Care (DCC) focuses on utilizing patients’ abilities vs. disabilities to maximize functional independence. Therapists are able to change their treatment approach when working with patients who have Alzheimer’s and related dementias to work within the behavioral challenges and physical challenges for optimal outcomes. This is a very different type of treatment approach than working with patients without dementia, as the focus is more direct and does not require the therapist to modify the method in which activities and exercises are progressed. DCC teaches therapists to alter communication approach throughout the stages of dementia. This allows for a more rewarding experience for the therapist, as well as the best outcomes in function and dignity for the patient and family.

Program benefits:

  • Identify a change in approaches to dementia care
  • Demonstrate an understanding of Alzheimer’s and related dementias
  • Describe the stages of dementia and approaches that maximize independence and quality of life
  • Learn and practice person-centered techniques and appropriate communication skills
  • Implement methods that support dementia capable communities
  • Understand the complexities of behavioral challenges and practice the most-effective responses

TMC is proud to have certified all of our OTs, COTAs, and SLPs as Dementia Care Specialists through Dementia Capable Care training.  PTs and PTAs are presently being certified.

Our skilled facility has had the pleasure of working with TMC since February 2011. Since then we’ve come to realize what a true partner in this business they really are. Our TMC staff are valuable assets to not only our patients, but our entire staff as well. They provide excellent communication, support, and visibility within our facility in addition to the highest standard of care we’ve experienced with a therapy provider! There’s no doubt that the TMC therapists leave a lasting impression on our patients and staff.
Administrator, Skilled Nursing Facility Chain
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