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Request for Proposals to Address Barriers to Providing Dementia Training for Direct Care Workers

With the increasing number of individuals with dementia, including Alzheimer's, it is crucial to improve education, training, and organizational support for direct care workers (DCWs) in order to prepare for and fulfill the need for highly competent direct care workers who can deliver quality comprehensive person-centered care to people living with dementia. While DCWs are often considered the "eyes" and "ears" of the long-term care system, they face multiple challenges in their workplace such as low wages, few benefits, heavy workloads and lack of professional respect. These factors have a tremendous impact on turnover and ultimately continuity of care for the recipients of long-term care services and supports. The evidence shows that high-quality training and receptive organizational culture can improve both quality of care and quality of life for the care recipients, in addition to, DCWs job commitment and retention. Successful training is also connected to retention and recruitment strategies and career ladder development. The GARD Service Delivery work group has conducted a survey aimed at providers. This survey identified challenges to providing dementia training for DCWs. The top two challenges identified were:

  1. Staffing costs (i.e. staffing not adequate to cover for those who are out for training and/or it is too expensive to pay for staff to train while having to pay employees to cover)
  2. Location of trainings/travel to training sites
The objective of this RFP is to contract with up to four qualified organization to provide dementia training to direct care workers while addressing one of the identified challenges listed above. Qualified organization may include providers that employee direct care workers, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, and professional membership organizations. If your organization does not fit into one of these categories, please contact administrator@ to determine if you are eligible. The term of any resulting contract is anticipated to range from January 15, 2018 until May 31, 2018 . Up to four awards of $2,500 each may be awarded. This RFP does not obligate GGS to award a contract if a qualified proposal is not found. Proposals must be submitted via email to administrator@ by 5:00 PM, November 30, 2017 . Applicants must put "RFP Submission" on the subject line.   Please review the RFP for more details.  

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