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Alzheimer’s & Related Dementias

Resources

IDD & ADRD: Specialized Services for Adults and their Caregivers

Seven Hills Rhode Island (SHRI) has the programs and resources to strengthen and expand the current dementia-capable system of care for older adults with IDD (Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities) and ADRD (Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders).

Objectives:

  • Promote and provide person- and family-centered care and training to improve care for individuals living with moderate to severe impairment and their caregivers.
  • Improve the quality and effectiveness of programs and services dedicated to individuals aging with IDD and ADRD, or those at high risk of developing ADRD.
  • Deliver Behavioral Symptom Management (BSM) training and expert consultation to family caregivers.

Partners:

  • National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices (NTG)
  • Alzheimer’s Association of Rhode Island (AARI)
  • Healthcentric Advisors

Supports:

Resource Guide (coming soon)

Assembly and publication of RI Specific Resource Guild to improve understanding of dementia and potentially lead to earlier identification and acquisition of timely supportive services.

Support Groups

Provide education and knowledge about ADRD, increase caregiver skills, provide emotional support, and disseminate information about new strategies and resources in the community. Clinical Specialist will provide quarterly support groups throughout the state, see calendar for times and locations.

Behavioral Symptom Management Training and Expert Consultation to Family Caregivers

Clinicial Specialist trained in evidence-based BSM interventions provide expert consultation and trainings to family caregivers

Alzheimer’s Dementia Specialty Adult Day Health Program

Enhance SHRI’s ADH program to include special certification to support adults with Alzheimer’s and adults with IDD and ADRD (or at risk for ADRD).

MUSIC & MEMORY℠ and Geri-Care™ Training

Create a facility-ready iTunes library; efficiently manage many participant playlists; handle equipment and security concerns; integrate personalized digital music into daily care plans; and evaluate the program’s effectiveness

Advance current knowledge in Safety-Care; become equipped to intervene, effectively manage, and prevent reoccurrence of challenging behaviors

Workshops/Educational Series Events (see calendar):

Legal & Financial Planning Workshops

Assist adults with IDD and family caregivers with money management and planning for the future.

Behavioral Symptom Management (BSM) Workshops for Caregivers

Quarterly Educational Workshops on BSM offered to family caregivers

NTG Education and Training Workshops

Statewide two-day training for clinical professionals

Train-the-trainer Model

This project was supported, in part by grant number 90AL0014-01-00 from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.

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