About CARES® End-of-Life Dementia Care

The CARES® End-of-Life Dementia Care Online Training Program helps the care team—including the family—understand what is happening to a person with dementia at the end of life. The CARES® Approach equips caregivers with tools and strategies to approach end-of-life care with confidence. The training covers topics such as how to provide comfort care and support to the person with dementia, as well as to family members and other individuals close to him or her. 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 5 modules (5 hours). The modules include:

  1. Introduction to End-of-Life Dementia Care
  2. The CARES® Approach
  3. Decision Making at the End of Life
  4. Comfort Care
  5. Emotional and Spiritual Support

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® Plus Certification

Each person who completes CARES® End-of-Life Dementia Care is eligible to take the Alzheimer’s Association essentiALZ® Plus End-of-Life Dementia Care 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 End-of-Life Dementia Care, you must first complete CARES® Dementia Basics and have Alzheimer’s Association essentiALZ certification. Certifications are good for two years.

Other Benefits

CARES End-of-Life Dementia Care offers additional benefits such as:

  1. Alzheimer’s Association essentiALZ® Plus 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.