Governor Dannel Malloy has signed a bill into effect that would require each hospital in the state to include training in the symptoms of dementia as part of regularly provided training to staff members. He signed the bill Wednesday. During the legislative session, New Milford Representative Cecilia Buck-Taylor questioned whether there have been complaints that hospitals are not properly training workers in aspects of dementia.
Neither state law nor regulation specifies general training requirements.
Buck-Taylor said there is no doubt there is a need for dementia care and there will be more of a need as the population ages. But she says the language of the bill was vague.
The training must start effective October 1st. In practice, hospitals must comply with clinical training requirements set by certain regulatory and accrediting agencies.