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Alzheimer’s Association Training and Certification

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essentiALZ_person_centered_care.jpgThe essentiALZ Training and Certification, bundled with essentiALZ Plus – Florida is a no-cost, four-hour combined training program that meets state training requirements for long-term and community-based care settings. This includes staff working in hospice, nursing home, assisted living, home health and adult day centers. 

Free access to this training and certification is available through Project Vital, a grant from the Florida Department of Elder Affairs.

Program Details

This training program was developed with evidence from the Alzheimer’s Association Dementia Care Practice Recommendations and includes the following topics:

● Basics of Alzheimer’s and Dementia
● Person-Centered Care
● Assessment and Care Planning
● Supporting Activities of Daily Living
● Communication Challenges and Dementia-Related Behavior
● Effective Verbal and Nonverbal Communication Strategies
● Meaningful Engagement and Activities
● Creating a Supportive and Therapeutic Environment
● Addressing Family Needs
● Caring for Yourself
● Ethical Issues

essentiALZ Certification

This training also includes access to the essentiALZ certification exam, which demonstrates knowledge of quality care dementia practices. Professional care workers who pass the exam are certified in essentiALZ for two years.

Continuing Education Credit

Professionals who complete the training and certification can claim (3) Continuing Nursing Education credit(s), and/or (3) continuing education credits for Social Work, Physical Therapy, Psychology Occupational Therapy and Nutrition/Dietitian at no additional charge.

Enroll Now

Please click here to obtain an enrollment code to access the training and certification. By clicking this link, you attest that you are a paid professional working in a long-term or community-based care setting in the state of Florida.

Note: Participants must complete the training within 30 days of enrolling. The program takes approximately 4 hours to complete. You can save your progress and return to complete during those 30 days.
After completion of this training program, you will be contacted via email to complete a follow-up survey.
If you need assistance, or have additional questions please contact Katie Fahrenbruch at or 850.696.0814.
The essentiALZ Plus - Florida training program has been approved by the Department of Elder Affairs and is in compliance with 400.1755 FS. and rules 58A-4.001 and 58A-4.002 for Nursing Homes. 

Approved curricula for nursing home also meet requirements for Home Health Care, Hospice, Adult Day Care, and ALF Level 1