About professional trainingThe 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.
- 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.
The Basics of Alzheimer’s and Dementia for Professionals
Define dementia and its symptoms; discuss how these symptoms affect the ability of people to function; and describe some basic ways we can help people with dementia.
Components of Care
Identify communication challenges faced by people with dementia; discuss non-verbal communication strategies; review components of a positive physical approach; discuss the 10 guidelines for improving verbal communication.
Describe ways dementia affects behavior; discuss why people with dementia may behave in certain ways; explain when a behavior becomes a concern; use the Cues and Clues model to discuss a case study.
Identify challenges faced by persons with dementia while trying to eat and drink; describe how personal preferences will affect mealtime; identify what should be observed at mealtime; discuss the importance of remaining independent.
Define pain and its causes; identify pain in people with dementia; describe different types of pain.
Identify the social needs of people with dementia; discuss ways that social needs can be met; describe techniques to better understand people with dementia.
Define wandering; state why wandering occurs; identify situations that may lead to wandering; explain the difference between safe and unsafe wandering.
Reducing Risk of Falls
Define a fall; identify individual and environmental risk factors for falls; explain the importance of mobility even for people with dementia at risk for falls; identify components and the importance of a detailed fall incident report.
Promoting Restraint-Free Care
Define the term physical restraint; describe the physical and emotional experience of people in physical restraints; identify a physical restraint and possible alternatives; determine consequences of using physical restraints.
Observation and Discussion
Observation, interactive discussion and feedback to direct care staff during shifts; identify positive steps taken by staff during activities, mealtime, medication administraition and other tasks; offer alternatives to streamline and improve interactions between staff and residents.
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.
Be prepared. Dementia care training may help you learn techniques for dementia care required at home or work.
Demonstrate knowledge. 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.
Feel confident. 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