Educational Programs for Professional Staff

Professional and Community
Educational Programs

Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia
Basic Curriculum – 8 hour Training Course
  • Fundamentals of Dementia: Recognize how changes in the brain impact thinking, motor function and behavior
  • Effective Communication: Demonstrate effective and compassionate communication strategies from early through late stages of dementia
  • Understanding Dementia: Examine strategies that mitigate hoarding, paranoia, hallucination and “sun-downing.”
  • Challenging Behaviors: Identify various “triggers” that may underlie episodes of agitation/aggression. Integrate strategies known to calm and de-escalate agitation without the use of sedatives or other psychotropic medications.
  • Safety: Identify safety issues resulting from cognitive and motor changes and approaches for prevention
  • Activities of Daily Living: Recognize ways to support independence and dignity with dressing, eating, bathing, walking and toileting

Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia
Advanced Training Curriculum – 1.5 hours per topic
  • Promoting resident rights, independence, individuality and choice for persons with early through late stages of dementia
  • Resident rights and self determination for persons impacted by dementia
  • Ability centered care approaches – facilitate the persons optimal function at every stage of dementia using their life stories and preferences
  • Activities: Select and demonstrate meaningful activities for persons experiencing early to late stages of dementia
  • How to assess neurocognitive changes and decline
  • Overcoming challenges with bathing/showering: Build new and helpful techniques to overcome resistance to hygiene
  • Overcoming challenges with oral hygiene and dental care
  • Pleasurable dining and nutrition: Review how eating and nutrition change over time, and learn strategies to support pleasure and dignity during dining
  • When the person with memory loss denies pain… How should you respond? Recognize verbal and non-verbal pain cues in persons with early to late stages of dementia and appropriate pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic approaches
  • Care for the LGBTQ adult with and without dementia:  Increase your sensitivity and awareness of the unique needs of this vulnerable population
  • Dying Matters: Review advance planning strategies to honor a person’s end-of-life wishes including the POLST form (Provider Options for Life Sustaining Treatment).

Special Training Program

  • Resident Attendant Training Program: Two-day workshop based upon the Illinois Department of Public Health’s requirements for certification.  Create an opportunity for non-nurse/CNA’s to assist with feeding during meal times.

Community/Family Support Programs 1 hour sessions

  • How to have a meaningful visit:  Gain skills that will help family and friends spend valuable time with a loved one with memory loss
  • Home safe home: Explore strategies to adapt the home environment to be safe and dementia-friendly
  • Viewing family caregiving through a spiritual lens: Consider how the act of caregiving may develop inner strength, resilience and spiritual growth in previously unknown ways
  • Create comfort and meaning at end-of-life: Describe and plan how the dying process can be elevated to a more comfortable and sacred experience
  • Care for the Caregiver: Understand stress-filled triggers and strategies to prevent caregiving fatigue
  • Addressing family conflict: Identify common sources of family conflict and intervening strategies
  • Dying Matters: Review advance planning strategies to honor a person’s end-of-life wishes including the POLST form (Provider Options for Life Sustaining Treatment). Initiate your own advance care plan using 5 Wishes