CARES® Dementia Basics™ is a 4-module (4-hour) online video-based training program that provides caregivers with the core or "basic" information needed for dementia care. It contains many interactive activities and 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.
CARES® Dementia-Related Behavior™ is a 4-module (4-hour) online training program that focuses on the 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.
After completing the CARES Dementia-Related Behavior course, you'll learn thoughtful and effective ways to care for people with dementia when they are confused, frustrated, scared, or angry. You'll learn what to do when a person with dementia yells, curses, hits, kicks, or bites. And, you'll learn when and how to respond to sexual behavior. Knowing these new ways of caring can make the behavior less severe. This can make caregiving less stressful for you and make life better for the person with dementia.
These programs are ideal for all employees at nursing homes including CNAs, nurses, supervisors, social workers, administrators, and activity directors, as well as dietary, laundry, housekeeping, security, and transportation staff. The training can also be used in assisted living facilities, home health organizations, adult day programs, governmental and social service agencies, and by police, fire, and emergency medical personnel ("first responders"). You can also get certified by the Alzheimer's Association® in essentiALZ® and essentiALZ® Plus certifications after you complete the training programs.
The strategies used in these programs center around the CARES® Approach, HealthCare Interactive's trademarked step-by-step approach to any situation with any person at any level of thinking decline.
The 8 modules include:
CARES Dementia Basics
1. Meet Clara Jones
2. Introduction to Dementia
3. Understanding Behavior as Communication
4. The CARES® Approach
CARES Dementia-Related Behavior
1. Introduction to Dementia-Related Behavior
2. Using the CARES® Approach with Dementia-Related Behavior
3. Breaking down the CARES® Approach for Dementia-Related
4. Key Responses to Dementia-Related Behavior
There is also a "Values" section that helps users understand how values and beliefs can impact care.