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.
Foundations of Dementia Care (FDC): Our national training program, part of the Alzheimer's Association's campaign for Quality Residential Care, provides professionals with hands-on practices based on the latest research and expert evidence in the dementia care field. The program consists of 9 modules covering all aspects of dementia care in residential and skilled nursing facilities. Home care modules are coming soon. Contact the Chapter Office for details.
Online Training for Professional Caregivers: CARES. The Alzheimer's Association has teamed up with HealthCare Interactive to develop CARES online training. CARES is a peron-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, Asses behaviors, Respond appropriately, Evaluate what works, and Share with others. Fore more information about CARES programs go to http://www.hcinteractive.com/ProfessionalCARES
Get Trained. Get Certified. It's essentiALZ. Do you provide care for someone with dementia or Alzheimer'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. To find out more go to http://www.hcinteractive.com/essentialz
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.