The need for observable and measurable outcomes in dementia care, especially in the areas of competency, sensitivity, empathy, dignity and respect, is imperative. The Dementia Aware Competency Evaluation (DACE) is designed to meet that need. Based on 30 years of research, this approach can be used in any caregiving setting and as a benchmark of caregiver performance over time.
The DACE is administered by a person trained in dementia care (i.e. administrator, supervisor, director of nursing) and used to measure the competency of the caregiver’s ability to engage positivity with those living with cognitive impairments.
It is recommended that the DACE assessment is conducted BEFORE and AFTER dementia training, which may include the Virtual Dementia Tour® program (VDT) to determine the success of the training program.
This method of learning allows for real-world feedback and training based on the caregiver’s specific situation. DACE indicators have been developed according to best practices associated with positive outcomes of care. This approach follows the principles of person-centered care.
Benefits of using DACE:
Format of DACE Assessment Tool: Application that is easily accessible online through your computer or mobile devices
Interpretation of outcomes: Based on the data inputted for each question, a series of interpretive guidelines will be generated for the person being observed.
When used in conjunction with training tailored to results of DACE, there is a documented positive trend in care. This trend, according to independent research, results in a decrease in behavioral incidents, abuse allegations, and psych medications. In addition, DACE is used by Human Resources to document provision of care and staffing placement.