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Practice Tools

Provider Practice Tools

Use these practice tools and resources in your work with patients and clients who have memory concerns and to support their care partners. The tools and resources were developed by ACT on Alzheimer’s, Gerontological Society of America, and the Health Resources and Services Administration.

The ACT on Alzheimer’s resources include a protocol practice tool for cognitive impairment, a decision support tool for dementia care, a protocol practice tool for mid- to late-stage dementia, care coordination practice tools, and tips and action steps to share with a person diagnosed with Alzheimer's. These best practice tools incorporate the expertise of multiple community stakeholders, including clinical and community-based service providers. 

The Gerontological Society of America launched the KAER Toolkit:  4-Step Process to Detecting Cognitive Impairment and Earlier Diagnosis of Dementia.

Health Resources and Services Administration resources include a health education modules to train primary care workforce about dementia care and support caregivers.


Dementia-Specific Practice Tools and Resources for ProvidersDementia-Specific Practice Tools and Resources for ProvidersIncludes a list of ACT on Alzheimer's tools and resources for providers. These best practice tools incorporate recognized care standards as well as input from community stakeholders and people with dementia.

 

 


Clinical Provider Practice TooleClinical Provider Practice Tool:  Provides physicians a streamlined protocol for managing cognitive impairment and guiding decisions for screening, diagnosis, and disease management.  This tool incorporates current best practices for efficient and appropriate dementia care. 
National version available

View video and webinar tutorials on administering and scoring cognitive screening instruments (MiniCog, SLUMS, MoCA)

Tips for Screening and Diagnosing in Diverse Populations


Managing Dementia Across the Continuum

Managing Dementia Across the Continuum: Provides physicians a streamlined protocol for treating, managing and supporting persons with mid- to late-stage dementia, including information on non-pharmacological approaches to managing behavioral symptoms.  
National version available

Figure 1: Screening, Identifying, and Managing Behavioral Symptoms in Patients With Dementia

Table 1: Potential Nonpharmacologic Strategies

Table 2: General Nonpharmacologic Strategies for Managing Behavioral Symptoms


EMR Decision Support Tools for Alzheimer's and Related Dementias

Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Decision Support Tools: A manual designed to assist clinicians in implementing a standardized approach to all aspects of dementia care within the health record: screening, diagnosis, treatment and management.

Each tool guides the provider toward best care practices for patients living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia, with the benefit of improved diagnosis accuracy, care coordination and health outcomes. The tools may be used within a variety of EMR products and can be modified to meet the unique needs of each healthcare system. An Implementation Guide provides tips, steps, and case studies.

EMR Decision Support Tools Manual

EMR Decision Support Tools - Implementation Guide

EMR Decision Support Tools Marketing Flyer

EMR Decision Support Tools Manual (National Version)


After a Diagnosis

After a Diagnosis: Action steps and tips medical and provider professionals can share with individuals and their family when a diagnosis of Alzheimer's or dementia is made. Includes support and resource information. 
National version available.

 

 


Care Coordinator Practice Tool

Care Coordination Practice Tool: A practice tool to support the coordination of care of patients with dementia and their care partners or caregivers, including a Dementia Care Plan Checklist. 
National version available

View videos of a care coordination visit

 


Community Organization Practice Tool

Community Based Service Provider Practice Tool: A practice tool to assist community-based providers in supporting clients with memory concerns or cognitive impairment and their care partners. 
National version available

 

 

 

Reproduced from ACT on Alzheimer's® developed tools and resources.


KAER toolkitKAER Toolkit

The Gerontological Society of America recently launched the KAER Toolkit:  4-Step Process to Detecting Cognitive Impairment and Earlier Diagnosis of Dementia

The toolkit is broken down by each section of the KAER model to allow quick and easy access:

Kickstart the cognition conversation

Assess for cognitive impairment

Evaluate for dementia

Refer for community resources

A comprehensive toolkit for primary care providers is included on their website
www.geron.org/kaer


Health Resources and Services Administration: Training Curriculum: Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias

With federal partners and public stakeholders, HRSA created a curriculum—16 core modules and four supplemental modules—for health educators to train the primary care workforce about dementia care, and to help providers address caregiver needs. Modules 1-12 contain information about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias of particular interest to the primary care workforce. Modules 13-16 specify the roles of specific health care professions in dementia care.  All 16 core modules include a PowerPoint presentation, with detailed notes, and a reference list, to assist with teaching and presentations.