Gentiva Hospice Chooses CARES® Training for Locations Nationwide
As an important component of its Memory Care program, Gentiva® Hospice has selected the HealthCare Interactive® CARES® online dementia-care training for all of its hospice locations nationwide. The agreement will ensure that Gentiva Hospice employees at all locations will have the opportunity to learn quality dementia-care strategies and become certified in the Alzheimer’s Association® essentiALZ® certification.
“Dementia is reaching a crisis state in this country, and going forward, caring for this sector of the population is only going to become more urgent,” said Gentiva’s Senior National Hospice Medical Director, Dr. Ronald J. Crossno, MD, FAAFP, FAAHPM. “Gentiva is responding to this need with specialized training for its clinicians, social workers, and others who work with patients and families.”
Gentiva has always been an innovator in developing specialized programs, whether it’s addressing balance dysfunctions through its Safe Stride® program or congestive heart failure through its cardiopulmonary program. The addition of Memory Care to focus on the specialized care needs of patients with dementia marks a unique chance for Gentiva to once again lead the industry in enhancing the level of care provided to seniors.
“We are really looking forward to building a strong and long-term relationship with Gentiva throughout their facilities,” said John Hobday, CEO and Founder of HealthCare Interactive. “Not only will this give their staff members vital dementia training, but it will allow them to communicate their distinction in the hospice marketplace to existing and prospective families and staff members. This is a great collaboration for all parties involved,” said Hobday.
The Gentiva family of companies has been bringing great healthcare home for 40 years. Each year, they provide home health and hospice services to more than 350,000 patients from more than 420 community locations nationwide. Their full range of clinical services includes:
Physical, occupational and speech-language therapy
Cardiac and pulmonary care
Disease and pain management
Medication management and education
Patient education to promote self-management
Treatment for balance problems that can lead to fall risks
Gentiva is committed to raising the bar in home healthcare by setting new industry standards for quality care and personalized service.
About essentiALZ® and essentiALZ Plus Certification
The Alzheimer’s Association® essentiALZ® certification programs are a convenient way for individuals to be recognized for learning quality dementia care practices. Each essentiALZ program combines select HealthCare Interactive CARES® online dementia care training with Alzheimer’s Association certification exams. EssentiALZ and essentiALZ Plus certification is ideal for family members as well as staff at nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospice, home health organizations, adult day programs, governmental and social service agencies, and police, fire, and other first responders.
About The Alzheimer’s Association
The Alzheimer’s Association works on a global, national and local level to enhance care and support for all those affected by Alzheimer’s and related dementias. As the largest, private non-profit funder of Alzheimer's research, the Association is committed to accelerating progress of new treatments, preventions and ultimately, a cure. Through their partnerships and funded projects, they have been part of every major research advancement over the past 30 years.
About HealthCare Interactive
HealthCare Interactive, Inc. (HCI) is addressing the growing national crisis of memory loss, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease by developing the most innovative set of training products for family members and professional caregivers available in the marketplace today. HCI was founded in 1997 by John Hobday, an educational and instructional design expert, dementia researcher, and software developer. Mr. Hobday serves as HCI’s President and CEO and is currently completing his Ph.D. in Business.
For additional information about HealthCare Interactive, visit www.hcinteractive.com or call (952) 928-7722.