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  For more information please call your local Regional Office or our 24 Hour Helpline at 1-800-272-3900.

Seminars and Conferences 

The Desert Southwest Chapter holds Annual Education Conferences every spring. These conferences are open to professional and family caregivers and offer CEUs. You can find more information about the Annual Education Conferences here.

Palliative Care for Alzheimer's and Advanced Dementia Materials
These materials are designed to guide professional caregivers in meeting the needs of patients and their families, providing insight into the philosophy, assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation measures involved in interdisciplinary palliative care.

By utilizing these materials, individuals will learn the advanced stages of dementia, how to focus on comfort as the primary goal in providing care, distraction strategies in meeting basic needs, protecting the dignity of the person with Alzheimer's, strategies to work with families, and much more.

Palliative Care for Alzheimer's and Advanced Dementia Book - $50
This book testifies that caregivers can have a monumemtal impact on the lives of persons with advanced dementia. Through specialized programming and a renewed effort toward patient-centered care, caregivers can profoundly enrich the quality of life for these persons. Providing guidelines for health chare professionals, caregivers, and family members, this book introduces palliative care programs and protocols for the treatment of people with advanced dementia.

The chapter authors offer guidelines and standards of care based on contributions from nurses, physical therapists, social workers, dietitians, psychologists, family caregivers and pastors. An exhibit at the end of every chapter clearly articulates the standards of care appropriate for all advanced dementia facilities and health care staff.

The American Journal of Nursing has awarded Palliative Care for Alzheimer's and Advanced Dementia as one of the Most Valuable Texts of 2010. We are honored to receive this recognition in two categories: Gerontologic Nursing and Hospice and Palliative Care.

Also available are:

Palliative Care for Advanced Dementia Training Manual - $25
A training guide for Palliative Care for Advanced Dementia

Palliative Care for Advanced Dementia VHS or DVD - $25 each
A self-instuctional seven part teaching program

Bathing Without a Battle DVD - $20
A self-instuctional training DVD (run time 16:36)

To purchase any of these training materials please contact our Chapter Office at 602-528-0545, or fill out this form and return it to our office.

Web Based Training
CARES: A Dementia Caregiving Approach

This affordable, web-based program has both a basic and advanced course consisting of 10 one-hour training modules. Each module uses text and streaming video focusing on person-centered care and how to best care for people with dementia living in residential care settings. This program is ideal for staff at nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospice and home health organizations, adult day programs, governmental agencies, social service agencies and first responders.

Topics include:

  • Introduction to Dementia
  • Understanding Behavior as Communication
  • Making a Connection with the Person
  • Eating Well
  • Recognizing Pain

For a description of the modules, pricing plans and a free demo, please visit the CARES website here.


This certification program combines the HealthCare Interactive CARES basic and advanced online training programs with Alzheimer's Association certification exams. This program is a convenient way for individuals to b recognized for learning quality dementia care practices. Through this program you can learn evidence-based best practice care for people with dementia. Topics include:

  • Person-centered care
  • Making a connection
  • Minimizing falls
  • Rethinking wandering

This program is recommended for family members as well as professional care providers. To learn more visit the essentiALZ website.


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