- CDHS: Nursing Home Administrators (NHAP)
- BRN: Registered & Licensed Vocational Nurses, Certified Nursing Assistants
- DSS: Residential Care Facilities Administrators (RCFE)
- BBS: Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
In-person training programsCustomized On Site Training
Our staff offers professional training programs on a variety of topics. Trainings can be customized to suit the learning needs of your staff. For more information about a class that fits your training needs, please contact the Professional Training Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or (323) 930-6253.
Seminars and conferences
If you would like the Alzheimer’s Association California Southland Chapter to be a part of your seminar or conference please contact the Professional Training Department at email@example.com or (323) 930-6253.
This online curriculum makes high quality dementia care training affordable, convenient, and accessible to any professional caring for people with dementia. Nine self-paced modules, with continuing education units, are available. The topics include:
- Overview of Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease
- Working with Families
- Managing Difficult Behaviors
- Personal Care & Special Needs
- Elder Abuse Reporting Laws
- Medications for Behavioral Problems
- The Best Friends Approach to Quality Care
CARES® Online Dementia Care Training Program (10 Hours)
The CARES Program is a 10-moduleonline dementia care training program for CNAs, supervisors, nurses, social workers, administrators, and other direct-care workers. It features hundreds of videos of real residents, CNAs, and staff members, and has been hailed as the “best training program of any kind” by multiple users. CARES is consistent with the latest evidence-based research from the Alzheimer’s Association Campaign for Quality Residential Care Practice Recommendations. The program features the following 10 training modules:
Meet Clara Jones
Introduction to Dementia
Understanding Resident Behavior as Communication
The CARES Approach™
Making a Connection with the Resident
Minimizing and Eliminating Restraints
The CARES training program was developed in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Association and researchers from the University of Minnesota and Duke University. For module descriptions, pricing plans, and a free demo, click here.
California Guideline for Alzheimer's Disease Management
The 2008 California Guideline for Alzheimer’s Disease Management was developed by the California Workgroup on Alzheimer's Disease Management, through a collaborative effort of healthcare providers, consumers, academicians, and representatives of professional and volunteer organizations.
The Dementia Care Management Toolkit provides healthcare professionals with tools to support dementia care management. It includes assessment instruments to help identify people with dementia and their family/informal caregivers, and to assess their needs. The contents of this toolkit are not all-inclusive and are meant to complement and enhance existing care management tools and practices. Clinical judgement should be used when working with individuals and families, and procedures, policies, regulations, laws, and mandates should always be followed.
- The AD8 Dementia Screening Interview
- Caregiver Stress/Strain Instrument
- Tool for Identifying an Informal or Family Caregiver
- Care Needs Assessment Tool
- IDEA! Strategy for Managing Challenging Behavioral Symptoms
- Standardized Care Plans
- Plain Language Fact Sheets
This toolkit was created by the Alzheimer's Association, California Southland Chapter. Financial assistance for this project was provided, in part by grant number 90DS2002-01-00, from the Administration on Aging, U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201, and from the California Department of Aging. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.
- access to care coordination and psychosocial support
- referrals to supportive services (often at no cost)
- help with understanding the disease & navigating its progression
- a 360 approach to care through feedback to the referring provider
Dementia Care Network Model
Addressing the needs of diverse communities has been a longstanding priority for the Alzheimer’s Association. Through a long-term relationship with the California Department on Aging, and generous support from the federal Administration on Aging, we developed an award-winning model to serve diverse communities called the Dementia Care Network. This model program addresses the critical and growing gap for dementia care and services among underserved communities. Through cooperation and collaboration among a variety of service providers, the Dementia Care Network has assisted families by improving access to care and services. Over the past 15 years, this model has succeeded in serving the following communities: Latino, African American, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese in multiple states. The following materials are available to help you learn more about implementing the Dementia Care Network model:
Establishing Partnerships: Managed Care & Aging Service Organizations
Healthcare organizations are challenged to care for the growing number of older adults with chronic conditions. Dementing diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia, and other associated disorders, present particular challenges because there are strong social and behavioral components to disease management. This creates a challenge for both the physician and families that care for people with dementia. This replication manual is based on the Alzheimer's Association-Kaiser Permanente Metropolitan Los Angeles Dementia Care Project. The project is described with suggestions on how it can be replicated by organizations in the aging services network.
Download the Establishing Partnerships manual (pdf)