As of February 28, 2014, the Department of Public Health (DPH) implemented new amended regulations involving the requirements for the care of residents with dementia. The new regulations, which are summarized in DPH Circular Letter: DHCQ - 14-5-615, are applicable to any licensed facility or unit that uses any word, term, phrase, or suggests otherwise that it is capable of providing specialized care for residents with dementia.
The newly amended regulations, found in 105 CMR 150.022 through 150.029, require that any and all relevant staff members must be trained and act in accordance with DPH guidelines. Relevant staff members would include direct care workers, supervisors of such workers, and therapeutic activity directors. The trainings conducted must include a basic introduction to Alzheimer's and other related dementias, trainings on centered care, understanding various needs of the family and ways to work with families of these patients, and working with caregiver's needs.