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Dementia and Related Disorders

This is a foundational course constructed to assist both professionals and family in their understanding of aging and the implications of dementia.

Objectives
  • What is Normal Aging vs/ Dementia
  • Overview of the 4 lobes of the brain and their function
  • Discussion about the primary dementia diagnoses
  • Expected obstacles for the caregiver based on diagnosis
Time

1.5 Hours

Successful Approach to Care

Utilizing the proper approach layered with the right attitude can bring about the perfect care! 

Objectives
  • Learn the most successful way to approach those that have cognitive loss
  • Appreciate what changes occur that require adjustments to your approach
  • Practice and prepare to “team up” with your person served to accomplish the activities for their proper care.
Time

1.5 Hours

Prerequisite

Dementia and Related Disorders

Your Program’s Specialized Dementia Care Philosophy and Program

This is a program designed individually for each facility.  The purpose is to assist the facility team in best creating and adapting their programs for successful outcomes.

Objectives
  • Personalized discussion of the programs mission and vision
  • Discussion of how each person contributes
  • Discussion and development to clarify what “patient centered” care means

 

Time

1 Hour

Communication Skills—Successful Strategies with Dementia Residents

The purpose of this course is to assist the care partners in appreciation intended and unintended consequences in communication.  The appreciation that successful communication can improve the quality of life for dependent adults as well as the care partners that assist them.

Objectives
  • Behavior as a form of communication
  • Non-Verbal communication
  • Potential environmental obstacles to success
  • The importance of a success approach
Time

2 Hours

Prerequisite

Dementia and Related Disorders

Communication with Friends and Family

The most difficult thing that family or friends may do is ask for assistance with the care of someone they love. Our ability to relate to family and friends as they cope with the changes their loved one is experiencing directly impacts the quality of life for persons living with dementia.

Objectives
  • We will discuss the difference of perspective for the spouse vs the child of the person with dementia
  • Understand the six things that families want from the care team they are working with
  • How to gain valuable input from families and friends for more successful care planning
Time

1 Hour

Enriching Lives—Planning an Engaging Experience

An activity can refer to almost everything we do throughout the day.  Activities are an important aspect to defining quality of life.  This program is designed to assist learners to better understand activities with an emphasis placed on appreciation of resident’s remaining abilities and interests in selected activities.

Objectives
  • Recognize the value activities play in the resident’s well being
  • Discover the tips and suggestions for creating a positive environment
  • Appreciating the importance of visual clues
  • Ability to define meaningful activities under four basic categories
Time

2 Hours

Understanding and Working with ‘Difficult’ Behavior

Often times the most frequently asked question is, “Why do they do that?” This course looks into and discusses some of the most problematic situations that families and professional care teams deal with in dementia care. Examples of behavioral problems discussed: Agitation, Hygiene, Eating, Elopement, Hallucinations, etc.

Objectives
  • Ability to define the four components of dementia care
  • Practical solutions to consider in addressing issues
  • Ability to better isolate and understand the difficulties for successful care planning
  • Working with medical professionals through targeted feedback
Time

2 Hours

Recommended Prerequisites
  • Dementia & Related Disorders
  • Communication Skills: Successful Strategies with Dementia
  • Successful Approach to Care