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About Professional Training

The Alzheimer's Association is committed to helping professionals improve their knowledge and skills, build stronger teams and deliver better care to people with dementia and their families. Our training and education programs are geared to professionals working in community-based and residential care settings, law enforcement and first responders and faith communities.

Our programs and meetings have been attended by activity professionals, administrators, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, social workers and staff trainers.
 

State of Florida Licensure Mandated Training Programs

The Chapter offers training tailored to meet the specific needs of any professional working with people living with dementia. Chapter staff are Certified Trainers for the Dementia Care Training mandated by the State of Florida as a requirement for Assisted Living Facilities, Skilled Nursing Facilities and Hospice State licensing.

These trainings are available for any professional working with people living with Alzheimer's disease or dementia. To learn more about any of our professional trainings, scheduling options and applicable fees call or e-mail Catherine Cruickshank at 1.800.272.3900 or ccruikshank@alz.org.
 

ALF Level I (state mandated training for employees)

Four-hour program for employees of assisted living facilities which satisfies state requirements.

Topics addressed:
 
  • An overview of dementia and the causes of dementia
  • An overview of Alzheimer’s disease including 10 warning signs
  • A review of the three stages of the disease process including changes in communication and behavior
  • Challenges for the caregiver family – legal, financial, physical, emotional
  • A review of the dementia-friendly environment including safety concerns 
  • Ethical issues and core values of care giving
ALF Level II (state mandated training for employees)
Four-hour program for employees of assisted living facilities which satisfies state requirements.

Topics addressed:
 
  • Dealing with behavior challenges and how to respond appropriately (repetitive behavior, hoarding and rummaging, suspiciousness and paranoia, wandering/exit seeking, anger and agitation) 
  • Review of medications, coexisting medical conditions, psychopharmacology 
  • Providing assistance with activities of daily living 
  • Goals and challenges of nutrition 
  • Risks, rewards, and challenges of care giving 
  • Planning meaningful, enjoyable activities

SNF/Hospice/Adult Day Care Training (state mandated training for employees)

One-hour training for employees of skilled nursing, hospice, or adult day care facilities which satisfies state requirements

Topics addressed:
 
  • Understanding Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders
  • Characteristics of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders
  • Communicating with individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders
 

SNF/Hospice/Adult Day Care Training (state mandated training for employees)

Three-hour training for employees of skilled nursing, hospice, or adult day care facilities which satisfies state requirements.

Topics addressed:
 
  • Behavior management
  • Assistance with activities of daily living
  • Activities for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia
  • Stress management for the caregiver
  • Family issues
  • The Alzheimer’s friendly environment
  • Ethical issues