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Professional Training is devoted to helping professionals improve their knowledge and skills, build stronger teams, and deliver quality care to people with dementia and their families. Training and education programs are geared to professionals working in both community-based and residential care settings. Our programs and trainings have been attended by a variety of professionals including: physicians, administrators, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, social workers, adult day service providers, activity staff, direct care providers, and staff trainers.
Certificates of completion or CEU certificates are available for every program. We are approved for CEU by:
· CDHS for Nursing Home Administrators (NHAP)
· BRN for Registered Nurses, Licensed Vocational Nurses, Certified Nursing Assistant
· DSS for Residential Care Facilities Administrators (RCFE) 
· BBS for Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

In-person training programs

Foundations of Dementia Care
Our Foundations of Dementia Care classroom training uses proven care practices in an interactive teaching style that builds on participants’ experience and problem solving skills. The demand for quality, highly trained, and prepared care professionals is essential for quality dementia care. The courses offered are approved CEU courses for RCFE, RN, LVN, CNA, LCSW and MFCC. We can also tailor courses to meet your specific training needs.  Please contact the Professional Training Department at jschlesinger@alz.org or (323) 930-6253 for more information.

Training Modules

2-hour modules:
Enhancing Mealtimes
Reducing Pain
Understanding Wandering
Making Connections
Reducing the Risk of Falls
Promoting Restraint-Free Care
3-hour modules :
About Dementia
Learning to Lead

 

 

 

 

Full Program: 8 modules / 188 Hours

Customized On Site Training
Our staff offers professional training programs on a variety of topics. Trainings can be customized to suit the learning needs of your staff. For more information about a class that fits your training needs, please contact the Professional Training Department at jschlesinger@alz.org or (323) 930-6253. 

Seminars and conferences 
If you would like the Alzheimer’s Association California Southland Chapter to be a part of your seminar or conference please contact the Professional Training Department at jschlesinger@alz.org or (323) 930-6253.

Web-based training programs

Alzheimer's Association Learning Academy
This online curriculum makes high quality dementia care training affordable, convenient, and accessible to any professional caring for people with dementia. Nine self-paced modules, with continuing education units, are available. The topics include: 
• Overview of Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease
• Communication, Caring for Persons with Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease
• Working with Families, Caring for Persons with Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease
• Managing Difficult Behaviors, Caring for Persons with Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease
• Personal Care & Special Needs, Caring for Persons with Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease
• Activities, Caring for Persons with Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease
• Elder Abuse Reporting Laws, Caring for Persons with Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease
• Medications for Behavioral Problems, Caring for Persons with Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease
• The Best Friends Approach to Quality Care – Developing the “Knack” of Quality Care
 
Ready to learn? Click here to visit the online Alzheimer’s Association Learning Academy. Or, for more information, please contact the Professional Training Department at jschlesinger@alz.org or (323) 930-6253.

CARES® Online Dementia Care Training Program (10 Hours)
The CARES Online Dementia Care Training Program is a 10-module (10-hour) online dementia care training program for CNAs, supervisors, nurses, social workers, administrators, and other direct-care workers. It features hundreds of videos of real residents, CNAs, and staff members, and has been hailed as the “best training program of any kind” by multiple users.

CARES is consistent with the latest evidence-based research from the Alzheimer’s Association Campaign for Quality Residential Care Practice Recommendations. The program features the following 10 training modules: • Meet Clara Jones
• Introduction to Dementia
• Understanding Resident Behavior as Communication
• The CARES Approach™
• Making a Connection with the Resident
• Eating Well
• Recognizing Pain
• Minimizing Falls
• Rethinking Wandering
• Minimizing and Eliminating Restraints
 

The CARES training program was developed in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Association and researchers from the University of Minnesota and Duke University. For a description of the modules, the pricing plans, and a free demo, click here.

 

Resources for professionals

The 2008 California Guideline for Alzheimer’s Disease Management was developed by the California Workgroup on Alzheimer's Disease Management, through a collaborative effort of healthcare providers, consumers, academicians, and representatives of professional and volunteer organizations. The development process included a review of scientific evidence and was supplemented by expert opinion when research was unavailable or inconsistent.         

What is covered in the Guidelines?

· Support for a team approach to quality management of Alzheimer's disease
· Importance of an accurate assessment
· Treatment options - including a new class of medication
· Approaches to patient and caregiver education and support 
  -including evidence that links positive patient outcomes
  to caregiver education and support
· Legal Considerations   
· New evidence on management of the disease in very early and end stages         

One-page summary: Click here to view the one page California Guideline summary reference 
One-page summary (National): Click here to view the National Guideline summary reference
Full Report: Click here to download the full report (4MB pdf file)
   
Provider Checklist for Treating a Confused Elder
This checklist is based in part upon the California Guidelines. It provides treatment information including: History and Physical, Laboratory Tests, Diagnostic Tests, Social and Safety Issues, and Referral to a Social Worker or the Alzheimer’s Association.  
 
Click here to view the checklist.


Replication manuals

Dementia Care Network Model
Addressing the needs of diverse communities has been a longstanding priority for the Alzheimer’s Association. Through a long-term relationship with the California Department on Aging, and generous support from the federal Administration on Aging, we developed an award-winning model to serve diverse communities called the Dementia Care Network. This model program addresses the critical and growing gap for dementia care and services among underserved communities. Through cooperation and collaboration among a variety of service providers, the Dementia Care Network has assisted families by improving access to care and services. Over the past 15 years, this model has succeeded in serving the following communities:  Latino, African American, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese in multiple states. The following materials are available to help you learn more about implementing the Dementia Care Network model:

Establishing Partnerships Between Managed Care and Aging Service Organizations
Healthcare organizations are challenged to care for the growing number of older adults with chronic conditions. Dementing diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia, and other associated disorders, present particular challenges because there are strong social and behavioral components to disease management. This creates a challenge for both the physician and families that care for people with dementia. This replication manual is based on the Alzheimer's Association-Kaiser Permanente Metropolitan Los Angeles Dementia Care Project. The project is described with suggestions on how it can be replicated by organizations in the aging services network. 
Download the Establishing Partnerships manual (pdf)  

 


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