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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. Many of our programs offer CEUs.

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Training programs

The Southwest Missouri Chapter offers a variety of professional training programs.

Please click on the calendar above for current listings.

For more information on our professional training programs, contact Rob Hulstra at 800-272-3900 or rob.hulstra@alz.org

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Activity Based Alzheimer's Care

The objectives of this program are: Learning the fundamental components of Activity based Alzheimer's care, effectively examine assessment and care planning, learn to adapt activities and the environment to better meet individual's needs. Identify and implement the various aspects of teamwork. NCCAP accreditation approved.

Cost: $95

Friday, March 8, 2013

9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Alzheimer's Association
1630 W Elfindale
Springfield, MO 65807

Foundations of dementia care

The Alzheimer’s Association will conduct a Foundations of Dementia Care workshop focusing on:
   • Dementia Basics
   • Improving Communications
   • Understanding Behavior
   • Making Connections
   • End of Life Care – Emotional and Spiritual Support

Foundations of Dementia Care (FDC) is a professional training and education program based on the Dementia Care Practice recommendations of the Alzheimer’s Association Quality Care Campaign and meets all the training requirements in accordance with Missouri House Bill 603.

The FDC training program is field tested to help your staff achieve longer lasting, more consistent results. Long term care staff will learn essential skills for dementia care through role playing exercises and lively discussions using realistic film clips and case studies. The Alzheimer’s Association dementia care training:
       • Provides an understanding of dementia and individual resident needs
       • Builds skills from simple techniques using body language, tone of voice, and physical stance to more advanced skills such as recognizing and reporting pain.

This 6 hour, $400 course will be offered for $100 per person.

For more information regarding this program, contact Rob Hulstra at 800-272-
          3900 or rob.hulstra@alz.org

No classes scheduled at this time.  Check back for dates.



Web-based training programs

CARES: A Dementia Caregiving Approach

This affordable, Web-based program has six one-hour training modules that are geared primarily to direct care workers, particularly nursing assistants. Each module uses text and streaming video to illustrate how to best care for people with dementia living in residential care settings. Topics include:

  • Clara Jones and her Care Team
  • Introduction to Dementia
  • Understanding Behavior as Communication
  • Making a Connection with the Resident
  • Eating Well
  • Recognizing Pain

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. For a free demo and to register, go to: The Dementia Care Training for Team Leaders site.

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