About CARES® Dementia Basics

The CARES® Dementia Basics 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. Explore these and other topics through video, audio, and interactive exercises featuring real families, real caregivers, and real dementia-care experts (no actors).

This program has 4 modules (4 hours). The modules include:

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

CARES® was developed with the Alzheimer's Association, with input from a national team of experts. CARES content incorporates evidence-based strategies from the Alzheimer's Association Dementia Care Practice Recommendations that have been supported by more than 30 leading health and senior care organizations. View and print a summary of academic research and national awards related to CARES® online training programs.

About Alzheimer's Association essentiALZ® Certification

Each person who completes CARES® Dementia Basics is eligible to take the Alzheimer's Association essentiALZ® certification exam. Individual essentiALZ certification is ideal for staff members at nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospice, home and health organizations, adult day programs, governmental and social service agencies, and police, fire, and other first responders.

Note: In order to get certified in essentiALZ Plus, you must first complete CARES® Dementia Basics and have Alzheimer's Association essentiALZ certification. Certifications are good for two years.

Other Benefits

CARES Dementia Basics offers additional benefits such as:

  1. Alzheimer's Association essentiALZ® certification
  2. Free CARES® Worksheets for each training module
  3. Individual pricing and site license purchasing options

CARES Administrative Portal access

With any site license purchase, you will receive access to our CARES Administrative Portal to:

  1. Manage training compliance.
  2. Evaluate the individual progress of all staff members.
  3. Run customized reports for any time period.
  4. Download detailed documentation including employee name, module status, and date of program completion.
  5. Print individual completion certificates for group training sessions.