Speakers Jefffery Seider, Chief of Staff for Access and Intake at DADS
Patricia Bordie, Manager for Special Projects at DADS
Lisa Akers-Owen, Manager of Community Services Policy and Curriculum Development
Sue Fielder, Manager of Contract Accountability and Oversight
Family Caregiver Alliance sponsored a webinar on September 20th focused on the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) and efforts to implement a caregiver status questionnaire in its Medicaid functional eligibility determination process for HCBS as well as a caregiver assessment in it Older American Act, Title III-E programs. The process began in 2009.
Participants learned about the legislative history behind the assessment, the department's development and implementation processes, how the tool is used and administered, challenges and lessons learned, and future plans for assessing the program. If you are watching for the first time, be aware this is an archived webinar. Downloadable materials are still available below.
Caregiving Fact: If your loved one has dementia and suffers sleep disturbances or night-time agitation, try soothing music or a massage to induce relaxation. If agitation increases after nightfall, keep the house well lighted and close curtains to shut out darkness. See FCA's Fact Sheet, Caregiver's Guide to Understanding Dementia Behavior, for more tips on caring for a loved one with dementia.