ORS 443.743
Training in dementia care


As used in this section, “caregiver” means an individual who is responsible for providing care and services to residents of an adult foster home, including but not limited to a caregiver and a substitute caregiver.


In addition to any other training required by law, all caregivers in an adult foster home licensed to serve older adults and persons with physical disabilities by the Department of Human Services shall, prior to providing direct care to residents of the adult foster home, complete training in dementia care that includes:


Education on the dementia disease process, including the progression of the disease, memory loss, psychiatric and behavioral symptoms;


Techniques for understanding and managing behavioral symptoms, including but not limited to reducing the use of antipsychotic medications for nonstandard uses;


Strategies for addressing the social needs of persons with dementia and providing them with meaningful activities; and


Information on addressing specific aspects of dementia care and ensuring the safety of residents with dementia, including but not limited to how to:


Address pain;


Provide food and fluids;


Prevent wandering and elopement; and


Use a person-centered approach.


All training related to dementia care provided to caregivers in an adult foster home licensed by the department must reflect current standards for dementia care and be informed by the best evidence in the care and treatment of persons with dementia. [2017 c.679 §30]
Note: 443.743 (Training in dementia care) was added to and made a part of 443.705 (Definitions for ORS 443.705 to 443.825) to 443.825 (Disposition of penalties recovered) by legislative action but was not added to any smaller series therein. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

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