This 4-module (4-hour) online training program provides caregivers with the core or “basic” information needed for dementia care. It focuses on person-centered care, the changes that happen to thinking skills as dementia progresses, how those changes impact behavior, and how to understand behavior as communication. It also includes an entire module on the CARES® Approach, a person-centered, easy-to-remember approach to care for any person in any situation and at any level of dementia thinking decline. The letters in CARES stand for: Connect with the Person, Assess Behavior, Respond Appropriately, Evaluate What Works, and Share with Others.

This interactive program includes a wide variety of exercises and video clips of real people with dementia, CNAs, and staff members. It has been hailed as the “best training program I’ve ever used” by multiple users.

This program is ideal for staff at nursing homes and assisted living facilities (CNAs, nurses, supervisors, social workers, administrators, activity directors, and dietary, laundry, housekeeping, and transportation staff), hospice, home health organizations, adult day programs, governmental offices, and social service agencies, as well as for police, fire, and other first responders.

CARES® was developed with the national office of the Alzheimer’s Association, with input from a national team of experts, and is consistent with the latest evidence-based research from the Alzheimer’s Association Campaign for Quality Residential Care Practice Recommendations. And now, you can get certified by the Alzheimer’s Association in essentiALZ®. Just complete CARES® Dementia Basics, take and pass the essentiALZ certification exam, and become certified. EssentiALZ certification allows you to be prepared, demonstrate knowledge, and feel confident in the care of people with dementia.

The 4 modules include:

1. Meet Clara Jones
2. Introduction to Dementia
3. Understanding Behavior as Communication
4. The CARES® Approach

See for yourself some reasons why this training program gets rave reviews.