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Caring for People with Alzheimer's Disease: A Habilitation Training Curriculum

For Professionals who train direct care staff.

The newly revised Habilitation Curriculum is a train the trainer model created to prepare attendees, already familiar with Alzheimer’s and dementia care, to train direct staff in a wide array of care settings. The 7-hour training teaches the 13-hour curriculum in best Habilitation Therapy practices. Modules include a PowerPoint presentation, discussion activities, lecture and demonstration, role-play and group work.

Understanding the Person with Dementia

For professionals and staff who work in agencies that serve people with memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease, or a related dementia.

This workshop provides an overview of dementia and brain function, the use of an assessment tool to assist in helping staff structure activities and introduces the concept of behavior as communication. The goals of this program are to create an understanding of how damage to the brain impacts function, promote understanding how to tailor tasks and activities to disease stage and to provide practical strategies for accommodating “responsive” behaviors.

Emergency Responders and the Person with Dementia

For law enforcement, warden service, emergency medical staff, firefighters and first responders.

This program gives an overview of the disease process and explains ways in which dementia affects perception so that staff can respond effectively to calls concerning persons with dementia. The training offers strategies for typical encounters ranging including search and rescue, erratic driving incidents, medical transport, and calls from caregivers who need help managing difficult behaviors.

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Online programs

CARES™Online training for direct care workers

CARES is a person-centered, easy-to-remember approach to care for any person in any situation and at any level of dementia thinking decline. CARES stands for: Connect with the Person, Assess Behavior, Respond Appropriately, Evaluate What Works, and Share with Others.

Click here for the CARES Online training page

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