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Dementia Screening in Primary Care, Simplified.

A comprehensive dementia screening guide specifically for primary care professionals developed by dementia experts across California.

“By caring for elders, you’re caring for the whole family.”

– Family Medicine Resident, UCSF

Senior woman contemplating at home

Now is the time to take action!

The senior population in the U.S. is expected to increase from 58 million in 2022 to 82 million by 2050. (1)

With wait times for dementia specialists in California projected to reach 37 months, improving primary care’s ability to diagnose and manage dementia is crucial.

Our guide equips primary care teams with practical strategies for enhancing clinic-specific dementia care through engagement, education, and sustainable development.

The Four Pillars of Care Improvement

The guide is organized into four pillars, allowing you to select a starting point that works for you. However, we recommend starting with pillar one to confirm the foundational components are in place before moving forward.

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Pillar 1: Establish a Foundation

This pillar outlines how to embark on a practice change endeavor. It includes tips on how to:

  • Engage stakeholders
  • Identify areas of need
  • Establish initial metrics and goals
  • Organize next steps into an action plan
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Pillar 2: Build Capacity

This pillar reviews education and training plans to help ensure that all staff have the knowledge and tools to successfully provide quality dementia care: 

  • Choose a foundational training program
  • Disseminate training
  • Identify additional training needs
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Pillar 3: Implement with a Team

This pillar provides practical and tactical examples for implementing cognitive assessment processes. This includes:

  • Screening workflow examples
  • Interpretation tips
  • Documentation and billing best practices
  • Brain health planning strategies
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Pillar 4: Measure and Monitor Improvements

This pillar outlines ways to:

  • Measure ongoing efforts
  • Maintain improvements
  • Ensure lasting patient care impact

We Can Do Better

Normalizing brain health conversations and making cognitive screening a part of regular primary care practice is necessary and doable. Together, we can do better.

Dementia Care Aware is here to help!

Are you a healthcare professional with questions about dementia screening, care planning or implementation?

 Call our warmline today at 1-800-933-1789!

Dementia Screening in Primary Care, Simplified.

A comprehensive dementia screening guide specifically for primary care professionals developed by dementia experts across California.

“By caring for elders, you’re caring for the whole family.”

– Family Medicine Resident, UCSF

Senior woman contemplating at home

Now is the time to take action!

The senior population in the U.S. is expected to increase from 58 million in 2022 to 82 million by 2050. (1)

With wait times for dementia specialists in California projected to reach 37 months, improving primary care’s ability to diagnose and manage dementia is crucial.

Our guide equips primary care teams with practical strategies for enhancing clinic-specific dementia care through engagement, education, and sustainable development.

The Four Pillars of Care Improvement

The guide is organized into four pillars, allowing you to select a starting point that works for you. However, we recommend starting with pillar one to confirm the foundational components are in place before moving forward.

Toolkit-04

Pillar 1: Establish a Foundation

This pillar outlines how to embark on a practice change endeavor. It includes tips on how to:

  • Engage stakeholders
  • Identify areas of need
  • Establish initial metrics and goals
  • Organize next steps into an action plan

Toolkit-03

Pillar 2: Build Capacity

This pillar reviews education and training plans to help ensure that all staff have the knowledge and tools to successfully provide quality dementia care: 

  • Choose a foundational training program
  • Disseminate training
  • Identify additional training needs

Toolkit-02

Pillar 3: Implement with a Team

This pillar provides practical and tactical examples for implementing cognitive assessment processes. This includes:

  • Screening workflow examples
  • Interpretation tips
  • Documentation and billing best practices
  • Brain health planning strategies

Toolkit-03

Pillar 4: Measure and Monitor Improvements

This pillar outlines ways to:

  • Measure ongoing efforts
  • Maintain improvements
  • Ensure lasting patient care impact

We Can Do Better

Normalizing brain health conversations and making cognitive screening a part of regular primary care practice is necessary and doable. Together, we can do better.

Dementia Care Aware is here to help!

Are you a healthcare professional with questions about dementia screening, care planning or implementation?

 Call our warmline today at 1-800-933-1789!

Have questions about dementia care? Call our warmline for clinicians today at 1-800-933-1789!

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