West Virginia University and the Alzheimer's Association, West Virginia Chapter, partnered to bring this course, "Dementia Care Training Program," to anyone interested in the field of dementia care.
More than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of dementia, and are cared for by an estimated 15 million Americans. As the baby boomers continue to age, the field of in-home dementia care will continue to grow as well. Currently, the dementia care field is dramatically under-staffed to meet this high demand.
The care needs of individuals with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia change throughout the course of the disease, but ultimately the individual will need 24/7 care. Due to the nature of the disease, providing care can often be challenging when individuals are not trained in the specifics of dementia care. Throughout this course you will learn the intricacies of Alheimer's and dementia, and care practices that provide the highest quality of care to meet the needs of those who face this devastating disease.
Dementia care is challenging, however the heartfelt rewards of caring for individuals with Alzheimer's far exceed the challenges.
The purpose of this course is to provide the student with basic skills in the care of those with dementia and/or alzheimer's. At the end of this course, the student should be able to:
The course cost is $450 per registration with a course start date of August 5, 2013 until December 6, 2013 (Thanksgiving Week Off). A certificate of completion will be issued to students successfully meeting course requirements.
Unit 1 - Alzheimer's Disease: What Is It?
Unit 2 - The Pathology and the Impact
Unit 3 - The Dementia Challenge of Communication
Unit 4 - Actions Speak Louder Than Words - Behaviors and Dementia
Unit 5 - Personal Care and Daily Living
Unit 6 - Activities: What To Do All Day . . . or All Night
Unit 7 - Nutrition and Eating
Unit 8 - Intimacy and Dementia
Unit 9 - Safety
Unit 10 - Your Role with Medications
Unit 11 - Recognizing and Managing Pain
Unit 12 - Late Stage Care
Unit 13 - Understanding Abuse
Unit 14 - Dementia Care Goals
Unit 15 - Interacting with the Family
Unit 16 - Managing Your Stress
Unit 17 - Joining the Professional Care Workforce
High School Diploma or GED required.
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Amy Ernst is the Program Director for the Alzheimer’s Association West Virginia Chapter. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and holds a degree in Psychology. Amy has worked in healthcare related service since 1987, and has worked with senior populations since 1981. She has a well-embracing background in dementia care. She joined the Alzheimer’s Association West Virginia Chapter in July of 2009 as the Training and Education Specialist. Amy has daily contact with families supporting individuals with dementia, as well as routine contact with individuals diagnosed with dementia. Amy has an extensive background in staff training, supervision, and daily hands-on operations with residents in congregate care settings. Her professional career has allowed her to be involved in routine training development and dementia care environment design for long term care facilities, assisted living, and in senior centers.Register Online by adding your course to cart through our secure server. Or fill out this form and fax or mail it to Extended Learning. You will be receiving email with your online course access information within five working days. Please check your spam or junk folder in case the confirmation email was misplaced there. Call 1-800-253-2762, or email WVUEnrich@mail.wvu.edu if you have any questions. Major credit cards are accepted.