Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Ensuring Your Staff Are Equipped with Critical Knowledge & Skills

Ruta Kadonoff

The CARES® Online training program and EssentiALZTM certification are a great place to begin if you are looking for a pathway to improve staff skills and competencies in person-centered caring for persons with dementia. Your AHCA membership provides you with discounted access to these resources – a valuable member benefit!

http://www.ahcancal.org/quality_improvement/qualityinitiative/Documents/essentiALZcustomizable_9-6-13.pdf

The CARES program is an engaging, interactive set of online training modules including both basic and advanced care strategies as well as two targeted programs, covering dementia-related behavior and support for activities of daily living. After completing the course material, caregivers have the option of accessing the EssentiALZ certification program, sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association and providing an avenue for staff to demonstrate their new competencies.

Ensuring that staff are capable, comfortable and confident in providing excellent care for persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias is a critical step in continuing to improve the quality of care and quality of life for these individuals and to reduce the off-label use of antipsychotic medications in our centers.

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