About professional training
The Alzheimer's Association is committed to helping professionals improve their knowledge and skills, build stronger teams and deliver better care to people with dementia and their families. Our training and education programs are geared to professionals working in both community-based and residential care settings.
Our programs and meetings have been attended by activity professionals, administrators, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, social workers and staff trainers. Programs are conducted by experts in the field of dementia care.For more information about our professional dementia training programs, contact us by calling the office nearest you or at email@example.com.
Program participants will learn:
- The program’s fundamental components
- Effective assessment and care planning
- Identify program design options and methods for implementation
- Adapt activities and the environment to meet individual’s needs
- Methods of evaluating new and current programs
- Implement the aspects of teamwork plans
The Chapter holds ABAC trainings 2-3 times per year. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to join our ABAC mailing list.
Tier I Training (1½ hours)
Audience: All functional staff, including executive and administrative teams, nursing, social work and admissions, direct care, recreation/activities, dietary, housekeeping, and maintenance.
Purpose: An intensive training designed for professional caregivers to provide an understanding of dementia and the individual needs of residents. Staff members will become familiar with the terms dementia and Alzheimer’s and the problematic changes that disrupt daily life.
- Know the basics of Alzheimer’s disease, in a format designed for facility staff, including the stages, progression and risk factors of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, how the brain works, and which functions of the brain are affected.
- Differentiate between normal aging and cognitive impairment, as well as approved treatments.
- Inform staff of caregiver support services available from the Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter, including information and referral, support groups and clinical trial matching.
Tier II Training (5 hours)
Audience: Direct care, social work and admissions, nursing, recreation/activities and dietary.
Purpose: A five-part extension of Tier I, with expanded detail on the most difficult challenges faced by facility staff.
- Communicate successfully, including techniques like how to make a connection, read body language, maintain eye contact and minimize distractions.
- Manage challenging behaviors, including why behaviors occur and how to safely manage them. A three-step behavioral management model is discussed.
- Enhance mealtimes, including proper nutrition and enrich the meal time experience. Staff will be encouraged to use their knowledge of resident’s preferences and history to improve nutrition and hydration.
- Prevent falls while preserving mobility and independence, and promoting safety.
- Connect on a personal level, including how to engage residents in simple activities and meaningful interactions.
Tier III Training (2½ hours)
Audience: Direct care staff and nursing.
Purpose: Dementia’s effect on day-to-day life means a new subset of challenges for direct care staff. Staff will learn about Alzheimer and dementia safety tactics and dealing with challenges related to activities of daily living.
- Understand wandering and safety, including how to recognize and assess wandering, and ways to prevent unsafe wandering.
- Provide activities of daily living, including how to provide low anxiety assistance with ADLs. Training focuses on the resident and not the task, adapting processes as needed and coaching residents to be successful, independent and promote confidence.
Alzheimer’s Association® essentiALZ™ is a certification program that recognizes an individual’s The Alzheimer’s Association® essentiALZ™ certification program is a convenient way for individuals to be recognized for learning quality dementia care practices. The essentiALZ™ program combines select HealthCare Interactive CARES® online dementia care training with Alzheimer’s Association certification exams.
Dementia care training may help you learn techniques for dementia care required at home or work.
Be recognized as someone who has a basic understanding of symptoms of Alzheimer’s and other dementias as well as recommended caregiving techniques by successfully passing the essentiALZ™ online exam.
The essentiALZ™ exam tests your knowledge in topics developed from the evidence-based and nationally recognized Alzheimer’s Association Dementia Care Practice Recommendations, which are supported by more than 30 leading health and senior care organizations.
Learn more at alz.org/essentiALZ.
CARES: A Dementia Caregiving Approach
The Alzheimer’s Association, in conjunction with HealthCare Interactive, offers a suite of dementia-related online trainings for professionals, organizations, families and individuals. CARES stands for: Connect with the Person, Assess Behavior, Respond Appropriately, Evaluate What Works, and Share with Others.
- CARES® Dementia Basics™
- CARES® Dementia Advanced Care™
- CARES® Dementia Basics and Advanced Care™
- CARES® Dementia-Related Behavior
- CARES® Late-Stage Dementia Care™
- CARES® Dementia Care for Families™
For a description of the modules, pricing plans and a free demo, go to http://www.caresprogram.com
Dementia Care Training for Team Leaders
This program provides guidance for those who supervise others involved in the care of people with dementia: nurses, unit coordinators, administrators, activity directors or others in leadership positions. After this training you will be able to:
- Identify and implement methods to facilitate teamwork.
- Select and use improved communication and supervisory practices.
- Identify techniques and deliver meaningful feedback to members of your team.
- Recognize and create an environment that motivates staff.
This course costs $25 per person and volume discounts are available. Continuing education units (CEUs) are available for social workers and facility administrations for an additional $15. For a free demo and to register, go to: The Dementia Care Training for Team Leaders site.