Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Specialized Training is an Effective Tool for Retaining Qualified Workers

Dave Kyllo

Much is being written these days about how businesses are successfully using training and education as an effective employee retention strategy in the competitive labor market. Long term care organizations can capitalize on this trend while building a core team of dementia specialists within their organizations at an affordable price.

Train and credential key members of your staff with the CARES® Dementia Specialist™ (C.D.S.) professional credentialing program. Then, when an issue occurs with one of your residents with dementia, staff can direct questions to your on-site CARES Dementia Specialists
Each member of your team completing the C.D.S. will learn quality dementia care strategies based upon the Alzheimer’s Association’s new Dementia Care Practice Recommendations. Having caregivers who are credentialed dementia specialists translates to a far more efficient and effective dementia care team and reduces staff reliance on licensed nurses to solve the repetitious questions and issues that arise daily when providing care to residents with dementia. It also provides employees with a higher level of care knowledge and expertise that allows them to grow personally and professionally.

By completing the CARES Dementia Specialist training programs, submitting their documentation, passing a required 100-point online C.D.S. credentialing exam, and being approved, staff members will be able to use the C.D.S. credential after their name, on their resume, or on a business card. Staff members will also be placed on a national registry of people who earn and hold a current C.D.S. credential.
The C.D.S. curriculum consists of 32 hours of online, video-based person-centered dementia care education. Once activated, individuals have 10-day access to each of the six required courses (courses range from 4 to 10 hours).

The C.D.S. courses include:

  • CARES® Dementia Basics™ 
  • CARES® Dementia-Related Behavior™ 
  • CARES® End-of-Life Dementia Care™ 
  • CARES® Dementia Advanced Care™ 
  • CARES® Activities of Daily Living™ 
  • CARES® Dementia Care for Families™ 

CARES® is recommended by the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living to help reduce the off-label use of antipsychotics. CARES is mobile friendly and available 24/7.

Be sure to take advantage of your exclusive AHCA/NCAL member discount. AHCA/NCAL members receive a 10% discount on the $499.95 C.D.S. package by using discount code AHCA10 at checkout! That’s 32 hours of high quality online dementia care training and a professional credential for your key staff members for only $449.95.

AHCA/NCAL members are encouraged to give the CARES training program a try as part of their employee retention strategies and remember to use discount code AHCA10 when you check out.

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