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Curriculum Review and essentiALZ


Transforming quality dementia care

 

High quality training drives the transformation of quality care. Research, as highlighted in 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.

Through Alzheimer’s Association curriculum review and essentiALZ certification, residential and community-based provider organizations have the opportunity to ensure their professional training programs reflect current evidence-based quality care practices outlined in the Dementia Care Practice Recommendations. Providers who train their staff with a training program recognized by the Alzheimer’s Association are eligible to purchase the essentiALZ certification, an exam which tests knowledge of dementia care.

Curriculum review

Care providers and training companies have the opportunity to submit their professional training programs for review in relation to the five topic areas of the Dementia Care Practice Recommendations, the benchmark for quality care across the disease spectrum.

The following five topic areas of the Dementia Care Practice Recommendations are included as part of this review:
 
  • Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
  • Person-centered care.
  • Assessment and care planning.
  • Activities of daily living.
  • Dementia-related behaviors and communication.
Curriculum review recognition from the Alzheimer’s Association is valid for two years from the date of issue.
Once an organization’s curriculum is recognized they are eligible to purchase the essentiALZ certification exam for staff.

How can an organization differentiate themselves from other care providers?

Provider training programs that are recognized by the Alzheimer’s Association through curriculum review can celebrate this accomplishment with an approved statement from the Alzheimer’s Association to use when referencing the training program in internal and external communications. Organizations that purchase essentiALZ will also be recognized for the opportunity for staff to become certified.
 

essentiALZ certification

Developed by the Alzheimer’s Association in accordance with the Dementia Care Practice Recommendations, essentiALZ is an exam for any staff working in residential or community-based care which tests knowledge of evidence-based and person-centered care for individuals living with dementia.

Professional care workers that complete the exam are certified in essentiALZ for two years from date of certification. 

 

Recognized trainings

The following Alzheimer’s Association chapter-developed training programs and curricula have been recognized for reflecting the five topic areas of the Dementia Care Practice Recommendations and are eligible to purchase the Alzheimer’s Association essentiALZ certification. To learn more about the availability of the following programs, please contact the chapter directly. 

ORGANIZATION: Alzheimer’s Association Central New York Chapter
TRAINING: Quality Dementia Care

ORGANIZATION: Alzheimer’s Association Massachusetts/ New Hampshire Chapter
TRAINING: Person-Centered Dementia Care: A Habilitation Therapy Training Curriculum

ORGANIZATION: Alzheimer’s Association Northern California and Northern Nevada Chapter
TRAINING: Alzheimer’s Care Academy

ORGANIZATION: Alzheimer’s Association Western New York Chapter
TRAINING: Best Practices in Dementia Care

The following training programs and curricula have been recognized by the Alzheimer's Association for reflecting the five topic areas of the Dementia Care Practice Recommendations and are eligible to purchase the Alzheimer’s Association essentiALZ certification.

ORGANIZATION: HealthCare Interactive®
TRAINING: CARES® Dementia Basics™ Online Training Program

The following programs are currently recognized for reflecting the 2008 Dementia Care Practice Recommendations. These training programs are currently not eligible for the essentiALZ certification.

ORGANIZATION: Brandywine Senior Living
Training: Reflections Certification Program
 
ORGANIZATION: Care Visions
TRAINING: 5 Senses Plus Dementia Program
 
ORGANIZATION: Encompass Home Health & Hospice
TRAINING: Memory Care
 
ORGANIZATION: Environment & Health Group
TRAINING: Creating a Safe Environment: Fall Prevention
 
ORGANIZATION: Institute for Excellence in Memory Care
TRAINING:Dementia Care with Heart
 
ORGANIZATION: Relias
TRAINING: Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
 



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