Dementia Care Best Practices Study

The Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) is currently conducting a Dementia Care Best Practices Study.  Charlotte Arbogast, the Dementia Services Coordinator, has been tasked with compiling a report detailing best practices for dementia being implemented in Virginia as requested by Delegate Orrock in a letter to Commissioner James A. Rothrock. In response to this request, a submission form was developed to obtain input from stakeholders and dementia service providers throughout the state. The report is devoted to highlighting evidence-based and evidence-informed best practices, however programs that do not fit in either category will be considered for inclusion in the study.

Arts Fusion, a program implemented by the Alzheimer’s Association of Central and Western Virginia, is an example of a best practice that will be included in the report. This program provides persons diagnosed with dementia and their caregivers the opportunity to engage in creative expression through the arts. Anyone interested in submitting information about a program can do so by completing the submission form and returning it to Charlotte Arbogast by mail to DARS, 1610 Forest Avenue, Suite 100, Henrico, VA 23229 or by email to by August 1, 2014.  Questions pertaining to the submission form can be directed to Devin Bowers, Research Assistant for the study, or by phone at 804.662.9325 or Charlotte Arbogast (804.662.9154). Participation is greatly appreciated and will assist DARS in providing an accurate picture of Virginia’s accomplishments in providing necessary assistance and services to persons with dementia throughout the state.