Transforming Quality Dementia Care

High quality training drives the transformation of quality care. Research (such as the Alzheimer’s Association Dementia Care Practice Recommendations) shows that high-quality dementia care training can lead to an improvement in communication between caregivers and individuals living with dementia, a reduction in dementia-related behaviors, and an increase in job satisfaction for staff.
 

Curriculum

Our training includes...
  • Nationally recognized peer-reviewed, evidence-based person-centered care approach from the Alzheimer’s Association Dementia Care Practice Recommendations.
  • Eligibility to purchase the Alzheimer's Association essentiALZ® certification for staff
The curriculum is a train-the-trainer model created to prepare attendees, already familiar with Alzheimer’s and dementia care, to train direct care staff in a wide range of residential and community based care settings. The 7-hour training teaches attendees how to deliver the 13-hour curriculum based on the person-centered model of Habilitation Therapy.

Module topics:
  • Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia: Caring for the Person
  • Person-Centered Care Model: Habilitation Therapy
  • Person-Centered Assessment: Knowing the Individual
  • Communication Skills: Creating a Positive Social Environment
  • The Physical Environment Makes a Difference
  • Approach to Personal Care: Knowing the Person
  • Activity Based Person-Centered Care
  • Behavior as Communication: Understanding and Responding
  • Supporting Families and Caring for Ourselves

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essentiALZ

Providers who purchase and train their staff with Person-Centered Dementia Care: A Habilitation Therapy Training Curriculum are eligible to purchase the essentiALZ® certification. Developed by the Alzheimer’s Association in accordance with the Dementia Care Practice Recommendations, the essentiALZ® exam tests direct care providers knowledge of evidence-based and person-centered care for individuals living with dementia.

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Why Get Trained?

  • To become eligible to purchase the Alzheimer's Association essentiALZ® certification for staff
  • Learn evidence-informed person-centered best practices of care
  • Cost-effective and sustainable approach to train direct care staff
  • Gain access to a secure portal with additional resources and information
  • Cost includes a training manual, PowerPoint, role play exercises, handouts and group discussions.

Important Information for Current Certified Trainers

Due to the pandemic and many challenges health care provides are faced with while caring for those living with dementia, the Alzheimer’s Association MA/NH, has decided to extend all trainer certificates indefinitely. At this point in time, there is no action to be taken to renew the trainer certificate. 

Questions? Contact Lorraine Kermond at lkermond@alz.org
 

Important Information for previous attendees

As of July 1, 2019, the Alzheimer's Association updated our train-the-trainer curriculum. The former training - from before July 1, 2019 - is no longer recognized.

If you attended our previous train-the-trainer program (before July 2019), you may be eligible to purchase a webinar training that includes a description of the curriculum changes and a complimentary training manual. The cost of the webinar is $350 ($200 non-profit rate).

You must meet the following criteria to be eligible to purchase this webinar:
  1. You attended an Alzheimer's Association, MA/NH Chapter train-the-trainer program between July 2014 and July 2019.
  2. The Alzheimer's Association, MA/NH Chapter can confirm you attended.
If you meet these criteria, click here to request the training webinar with complimentary training manual.