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CARES® Dementia Education for Families



Dementia Care for Families
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CARES® Dementia Care for Families

4 hours, 4 modules, with or without certification

CARES® for Families was developed specifically for those caring for a loved one living at home. It includes many practical strategies, tips, and the 5-step CARES® Approach.

$49 Program Only.   Program & Certification $99.

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About CARES® Dementia Care for Families

This award-winning training and certification program was developed for family members or friends caring for a loved one with memory loss or dementia. Like our other CARES® products, this program centers around the CARES® Approach and offers many practical and invaluable strategies to common caregiving situations.

"CARES" stands for:

C - Connect with the Person
A - Assess Behavior
R - Respond Appropriately
E - Evaluate What Works
S - Share with Others

This program is rich with activities and video interviews with family caregivers, people with dementia, and dementia experts. 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.

CARES® Dementia Care for Families was funded in part by a grant from the National Institute on Aging and was developed in conjunction with the national office of the Alzheimer's Association and a national team of experts.


Continue With One of Our CARES® Individual Products


Once you have completed CARES® Dementia Care for Families, consider completing one of our other advanced topics. These programs are intended primarily for professional staff members providing care for someone living with dementia and are not focused on care at home. However, many family members express an interest in learning even more about dementia care after completing CARES Dementia Care for Families. The programs below offer them an opportunity to do so.

Dementia Basics

CARES® Dementia Basics

4 hours, 4 modules, with certification

Learn the "basics" of quality dementia care. Topics include an introduction to dementia, person-centered care, behavior as communication, and the 5-step CARES® Approach. Learn More

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Dementia Advanced Care
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With Basics

CARES® Dementia Advanced Care

6 hours, 6 modules, with certification

This program is focused specifically on important safety and compliance topics including food and fluid intake, pain, wandering, falls, eliminating restraints, and making a connection. Learn More

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Dementia-Related Behavior
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With Basics

CARES® Dementia-Related Behavior

4 hours, 4 modules, with certification

Learn how to respond to fear, frustration, and anger as well as behavior such as yelling, cursing, hitting, biting, public urination, as well as a respectful discussion of sexual behavior. Learn More

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ADLs (4 Hours)
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With Basics

CARES® Activities of Daily Living 4-Hour

4 hours, 4 modules, with certification

This program focuses on the activities of daily living (ADLs) across all levels of thinking decline (early-stage to late-stage) in the challenging care areas of eating, toileting, and bathing. Learn More

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ADLs (10 hours)
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With Basics

CARES® Activities of Daily Living 10-Hour

10 hours, 10 modules, with certification

This is an expanded version of CARES ADL 4-hour program with additional topics in the areas of dressing, grooming, mouth care, pain, mobility, transferring, and positioning. Learn More

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End-of-Life Dementia Care
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With Basics

CARES® End-of-Life Dementia Care

5 hours, 5 modules, with certification

CARES® End of Life focuses on comfort care, emotional support, and spiritual support at the end of life. It equips you with important tools to provide end-of-life care with confidence. Learn More

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Elder Abuse Prevention
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With Basics

CARES® Elder Abuse Awareness and Prevention

3 hours, 4 modules, with certification

This program describes the 7 types of elder abuse, how to recognize signs of abuse, and ways to help prevent elder abuse. The program also provides local and national resources. Learn More

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Serious Mental Illness
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With Basics

CARES® Serious Mental Illness

4 hours, 4 modules, with certification

This program describes the 4 major types of serious mental illness, how SMI differs from Alzheimer's and dementia, and how you can develop care strategies for those with SMI. Learn More

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Dementia-Friendly Hospitals

CARES® Dementia-Friendly Hospitals: Preventing Adverse Events

8 hours, 16 modules, with certification

This program is focused on the fast-paced acute care setting in hospitals and medical centers. It specifically targets the prevention of costly adverse events within 16 topic areas. Learn More

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Dementia Specialist (C.D.S.)

CARES® Dementia Specialist (C.D.S.) Credential

40 Hours, 40 Modules, with 8 Certifications

Earn your C.D.S. credential by completing the entire 40-hour CARES Curriculum. Learn new skills, demonstrate knowledge, become a specialist, and get recognized professionally. Learn More

$599 (30% Off Buying Programs/Exam Separately)

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