Public Health Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

HB-7157

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING DIRECT CARE STAFF TRAINING REQUIREMENTS FOR ALZHEIMER'S SPECIAL CARE UNITS AND PROGRAMS.

Vote Date:

3/9/2007

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable Substitute

PH Date:

3/5/2007

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Public Health Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

To require Alzheimer's special care units or program to provide Alzheimer's and dementia specific training annually to all staff who provide direct patient care to residents enrolled in such units or programs.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

None

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Nancy Leonard, Connecticut Chapter, Alzheimer's Association

The term “licensed and registered” exclude many individuals who are employed in Alzheimer's special care units and programs. We are suggesting that the language be replaced with “specific training to all staff who provide care and services” to fulfill the stated purpose of the bill.

Rosemarie Mahon

Seventy (70) of the two hundred and forty nine (249) nursing homes in Connecticut indicate that they have “specialized care unit or programs” for residents with Alzheimer's. There are eighteen (18) facilities that do not accept Alzheimer's patients.

By limiting of training requirements to only the facilities with a “specialized care unit or program” will not address the needs of Alzheimer's patients in the remaining 161 facilities. The need for more education, understanding the disease process, and how to assess and manage pain in not only people with Alzheimer's but for anyone who is cognitively impaired, is essential to providing quality, knowledgeable, and compassionate nursing care.

Connecticut Nurses Association

Several years ago, in response to concerns about pain management and residents with dementia a work-group was formed and this group has been meeting and efforts in this area have begun. This bill will clarify the 2006 legislation to require that all direct care providers will be required to have specific Alzheimer's and dementia training, including pain management training, for all staff.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

None

Reported by: Beverley Henry

Date: 3-12-07