HealthCare Interactive® offers variety of CARES® online dementia care training programs (including Alzheimer's Association® essentiALZ® certification) that are flexible, affordable, and an excellent value.

Wondering which CARES programs are right for you? View our helpful list of recommendations.


4 modules, 4 hours

The CARES® Dementia Basics program provides training 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 is targeted to direct care staff—Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs), nurses, social workers, administrators—but also contains valuable information for other facility employees—receptionists, and dietary, laundry, housekeeping, transportation, and security staff. It includes an entire module on learning the CARES® Approach.

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6 modules, 6 hours

The CARES® Dementia Advanced Care program gives users advanced training in dementia education by covering specific topics and concerns like making a connection, eating, pain, wandering, falls, and eliminating restraints. Like CARES® Dementia Basics, this program uses a wide variety of exercises and video activities with real CNAs, staff members, families, and people with dementia. It incorporates advanced training in the CARES Approach throughout each of the advanced care modules.

Includes individual certification in:




Note: To qualify for an "essentiALZ Plus" certification exam, you must be currently certified in Alzheimer's Association essentiALZ. To do this, purchase CARES Dementia Basics and follow the instructions.



10 modules, 10 hours

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This program is a combination of the 4 modules from CARES Dementia Basics and the 6 modules from CARES® Dementia Advanced Care and is our best value for comprehensive dementia education. Although targeted to direct care staff, such as Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs), nurses, social workers, administrators, and activity directors, the information and concepts presented are useful for others, like receptionists and dietary, laundry, housekeeping, security, and transportation staff. It includes an entire module on learning the CARES Approach.

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4 modules, 4 hours

The CARES® Dementia-Related Behavior program focuses on behavior of people with dementia that is hard to understand and difficult to respond to. Sometimes referred to as “challenging behavior” or “inappropriate behavior,” we use the term “dementia-related behavior” as a person-centered, respectful term that does not put blame on the person with dementia. This product includes many easy-to-implement, non-drug strategies for reducing or eliminating this behavior.

Includes individual certification in:




Note: To qualify for an "essentiALZ Plus" certification exam, you must be currently certified in Alzheimer's Association essentiALZ. To do this, purchase CARES Dementia Basics and follow the instructions.



10 modules, 10 hours

The CARES® Activities of Daily Living program covers activities of daily living training across all stages of dementia. It focuses on the specific changes in ADLs at the early, mid, late, and end stages of dementia and offers appropriate care strategies for bathing, dressing, eating, grooming, using the bathroom, and more. Through interactive features and real-life videos, users learn thoughtful and effective ways to make life better and less scary for a person living with dementia. Each module incorporates HCI’s trademarked CARES® Approach as well as evidence-based practices from the Alzheimer’s Association Practice Recommendations. The program is targeted to direct care staff—Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs), nurses, and social workers—but also contains valuable information for administrators and other facility employees.

Includes individual certification in:




Note: To qualify for an "essentiALZ Plus" certification exam, you must be currently certified in Alzheimer's Association essentiALZ. To do this, purchase CARES Dementia Basics and follow the instructions.



3 modules, 3 hours

The CARES® Dementia Care For Families program was developed for family members caring for a loved one with memory loss or dementia. Like our products designed for professionals, this program centers around the CARES Approach and offers many practical and invaluable strategies to common caregiving situations.

We suggest that facility administrators purchase a site license that includes families so that everyone (staff and families) can have a common understanding and language around the CARES Approach and dementia care.