We are committed to creating better days with person-centered dementia care. Through evidence-based practice
and advanced staff training, we ensure our clients, living with dementia, receive proper care, health services,
social stimulation, condition monitoring, and thoughtful companionship.
ComForCare/At Your Side DementiaWise® Program
DementiaWise® is an occupation-based, team-centered training program, which serves to help home care teams resolve dementia-related challenges collaboratively with clients and their families. Agencies and their teams complete DementiaWise video training modules to learn about Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia, Lewy body dementia, frontotemporal dementia, and other forms of dementia. With an integrated essentiaALZ® exam provided by the Alzheimer's Association,
these modules both enhance and review our franchise owners' dementia care expertise.
95% of our offices are DementiaWise certified.
Our DementiaWise program is recognized by
the Alzheimer's Association for incorporating
evidence-based Dementia Care Practice Recommendations.
Research-Informed Program Outcomes
A mixed-methods study was completed by student researchers in the Duke University Occupational Therapy Doctoral Program in collaboration with Partnerships for Health, which supported DementiaWise training for home care teams. Learn More
We offer a variety of services to fit the needs of clients and their families and specialize in care for those living with Alzheimer's or dementia.
Our innovative approach is changing the way home care agencies approach dementia care training across the U.S. and Canada.
Our high volume of certified locations results in better consistency and outcomes. People with dementia have unique needs and can often continue to live at home throughout the disease progression. The varying types of dementia can diminish a person’s ability to understand and communicate, alter their behavior and moods, and affect their physical health. Even an extension of six to 12 months at home can benefit people with dementia and their families. ComForCare understands the disease’s progression and caters plans to clients’ current needs to help them live at home as long as possible and feel at home no matter where they live. We optimize an individual's remaining abilities and focus on meaningful connections and beneficial activities that help enhance the quality of life.
DementiaWise is accessible to all employees. The best practice is for caregivers to watch DementiaWise training as part of their onboarding.
We are proud of the current statistics that support implementation across all agencies.
74.37% of total employees enrolled in our Learning Management System (LMS) completed DementiaWise training
In comparison to other programs, this enrollment is a significant accomplishment.
**Percentages are accurate as of August 2022 and represent the total number of caregivers, who may/may not be active employees in comparison to the total number that are enrolled in LMS**
Caregivers attribute positive outcomes to specific features of DementiaWise, including an emphasis on communication, helping clients live life to the fullest, seeing clients in their totality, and developing soft skills for caregiving on a team. To further support the DementiaWise impact, ComForCare collaborated with Duke University Occupational Therapy Doctoral Division to conduct a program evaluation study in 2022.
DementiaWise produces higher self-efficacy
DementiaWise (DW) training was positively associated
with higher self-efficacy among home care team members
at ComForCare. The odds of higher self-efficacy in those who watched/rewatched DW was 1.6 times the odds of higher
self-efficacy in those who have not yet watched DW.
DementiaWise produces higher satisfaction
DementiaWise (DW) training was positively associated
with higher satisfaction among ComForCare home care team
members. The odds of higher satisfaction in those
who watched DW were 2.2 times the odds of
higher satisfaction in those who have not yet watched DW.
Why Hire ComForCare?
Our DementiaWise program uses a person-centered approach to address individual needs and preferences.
DementiaWise is designed to create an easier experience to stay at home that is rooted in specially-trained caregivers supporting
client independence, safety and socialization. DementiaWise is a care philosophy that brings meaning and purpose through specialized activities and precautionary measures. ComForCare emphasizes the importance of meaningful activities as a means to drive passion,
happiness, independence and fulfillment for clients.
Our program is recognized by the Alzheimer’s Association® for incorporating evidence-based Dementia Care Practice Recommendations
in the following topic areas: Alzheimer's and dementia, person-centered care, assessment and care planning,
activities of daily living, behaviors and communication.
Our program—supported by a Duke University Occupational Therapy Division evaluation study—found home care workers who completed
the DementiaWise® training felt better equipped and empowered to collaboratively care for clients living with dementia and their families
(self-efficacy) and had greater job satisfaction compared to teammates who had not yet completed DementiaWise.
Why Work for ComForCare?
ComForCare invests in its franchise owners and employees by educating and equipping teams to support those living with dementia. ComForCare and At Your Side Home Care are also Certified as a Great Place To Work®. In-home caregiving will allow you to make a personal impact. Whether you are looking for a full-time position or are wanting to devote a few hours a day, we have opportunities to meet your needs.