Our state and federal prisons are also dealing with Alzheimer’s disease and various forms of dementia within their penal systems. Dementia inmates are aging in place and need specialized care. No matter what brought prisoners into the penal system, if they are experiencing Alzheimer’s disease or some form of dementia, they are in need of specialized care that is different from the average prisoner.
Education / Training Options:
Training sessions for prison caregivers and prison staff would be held within the facilities in conjunction with the directors. Prison caregivers would potentially be matched up, one-on-one, with those prisoner who have been diagnosed. Each situation would be unique as to selection of participants and requirements for training.
Update: January, 2015
The beginning development of my consulting business I had hoped to address this particular venue for training, as it is desperately needed. I recently provided a full day of training at the State of Maine’s maximum security prison. The 30+ gentlemen who attended are participants in a Hospice program and provide direct care to other prisoners. They care and tend to their peers who are in the infirmary or may be at the end stage of their life. They provide in a very caring, compassionate way all of the tasks that a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) would provide to a patient. They are an amazing, caring group of individuals who take this responsibility very seriously and with great humility.