Stop Training Your Staff! It's A Waste Of Time? Or Is It?

Feb 06, 2013, 09:17 ET from National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners

SPARTA, N.J., Feb. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For the fifth year, the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners and International Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners is offering The National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners Alzheimer's and Dementia Staff Education Week February 14th to the 21st Free Staff Training In-services and Tool Kit. The Tool Kit and In-services are free and available at The tool kit and In-services includes many free Power Point in-services to use for training your staff, family, volunteers and congregation. Begin downloading November 15th to March 1st.  Each in-service is designed to be taught in 30 minutes. Each year new in-services and topics are added to the archives.

The Tool Kit and the declaration by the NCCDP Alzheimer's and Dementia Education Week February 14th to the 21st was developed to bring national and international awareness to the importance of providing comprehensive dementia education by means of face to face interactive classroom environment to all healthcare professionals and front line staff and to go above and beyond the minimum state requirements or country regarding dementia education.

Examples of some of the Power Point Staff In-services include:

  • Senior Bullying Across the Ages: Senior's Bullying Other Seniors
  • Travel Guidelines for People with Dementia
  • The Long Term Care Ombudsman Program
  • Improving Dementia Care-Reducing Unnecessary Antipsychotic Medications
  • Lewy Body Dementia: When it isn't Alzheimer's
  • Time Slips
  • Preventing Resident to Resident Altercations / Aggression
  • Broken Trust: Elders, Family and Finance-Financial Abuse
  • Sexual Violence in later Life
  • Do's and Don'ts for Dementia Gardens
  • Importance of Brain Games to Improve Cognition
  • Understanding Frontotemporal Degeneration
  • Fall into Fall - Fall prevention in-service for Dementia clients
  • Sexuality and Intimacy: A Guide for Dementia Patients in LTC Settings & Home Care      
  • Project Life Saver - (Elopement What You Need To Know)
  • Understanding Pseudobulbar Affect PBA - Involuntary Outbursts of Crying and Laughing
  • Your caregiver personality: Why it's a very important care giving skill
  • Brain Fog ... Is a Legit Diagnosis!
  • Life Review: Practice Techniques for Clients & Caregivers
  • Spiritual Care When Dementia Is Present: Holding Fast to the Memory of God

The free tool kit includes:

  • Free Power Point In-services includes pre test, post tests, hand outs, answers, in-service evaluation and in-service certificates.
  • Nurse Educator of the Year Nomination Forms
  • Nomination Forms for NCCDP Alzheimer's and Dementia Staff Education Week Contest
  • Proclamations for Governors, Senators and Mayor 
  • Letters to the Editors Promoting Your Program
  • 97 Ways to Promote Alzheimer's and Dementia Staff Education Week  
  • Resources and Important Web Sites

Currently there are no national or international standards for dementia education. President Obama passed The National Alzheimer's Plan NAPA that went into effect in 2012 will be addressing education. Currently the regulations for dementia education are different from state to state and for each industry. The NCCDP recommends at minimum an initial 12 hours of dementia education for all staff. Throughout the year, additional dementia education should be provided that incorporates new advances, culture change and innovative ideas. The NCCDP and ICCDP made it easy for the educators and in-service directors by providing free staff in-services to download.

In addition to facilitating the Train the Trainer programs, The NCCDP promotes dementia education and certification of all staff who qualify as Certified Dementia Practitioners (CDP®). The NCCDP recommends that at minimum there should be one Certified Dementia Practitioner® per shift. The NCCDP recommends a trained and certified Alzheimer's and dementia instructor by the NCCDP to utilize up to date NCCDP training materials.

The NCCDP recognizes the importance of educated and certified dementia unit managers and certifying the Dementia Unit Manager as Certified Dementia Care Manager (CDCM®). Dementia Unit Managers report, "They have received little training as a Dementia Unit Manager."

Front Line First Responders and Law Enforcement need comprehensive Dementia training and the NCCDP provides Alzheimer's and Dementia training to First Responder and Law Enforcement educators and certification as Certified First Responder Dementia Trainer®.

The National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners®, LLC was formed in 2001 by a group of professionals with varying work and personal experiences in the field of dementia care. The Council was formed to promote standards of excellence in dementia and Alzheimer's education to professionals and other caregivers who provide services to dementia clients. As the number of dementia cases continues to increase nationally and worldwide, there is a great necessity to ensure that care givers are well trained to provide appropriate, competent, and sensitive direct care and support for the dementia patient. The goal of the NCCDP and ICCDP is to develop and encourage comprehensive dementia education, standards of excellence in the health care profession and compassionate delivery of dementia care services by health care professionals and front line staff.

SOURCE National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners