Dementia and Alzheimer’s Training

CaraVita caregivers are required to complete eight hours of dementia and Alzheimer’s training.

Part I: “Virtual Dementia Tour”

Developed by Second Wind Dreams’ P.K. Beville, a well known researcher in the field of Alzheimer’s and dementia, the Virtual Dementia Tour is a multi-sensory, experiential activity that simulates what it may be like to have dementia. It allows participants to better understand the behaviors exhibits by those who suffer from dementia and how to best interact with them. After completing the tour, the first session also includes an overview of how various forms of dementia affect the brain and how this in turn affects behaviors, cognition, communication, and overall physical condition, as well as an introduction to the basics of prompting and cueing and behavioral management.

Part II

The second session goes more in-depth into behavioral modification, appropriate types of interaction, and a selection of appropriate activities for dementia and Alzheimer’s clients.

Part III

The third session focuses on problem solving in a variety of scenarios that are common when working with clients with dementia and Alzheimer’s. Led by Beth Cayce, CEO of CaraVita, and Leslie Finkley, the course concepts are based on their own philosophies they have utilized in their many years in the field, as well as those of renown researchers Teepa Snow and P.K. Beville.

Proxy Medication Training

In July of 2011, the Georgia state legislature passed a law that made it possible for an unlicensed person trained by an RN to provide health maintenance activities such medication administration and the changing of ostomy bags. CaraVita has become a leader in proxy care and training and all of our caregivers are given the opportunity to attend the eight-hour training which overviews basic knowledge in medication measurement, administration, documentation, side effects, and reporting. The class is followed by an examination in functional health literacy and proxy skills, as well as one-on-one training with an RN in the home with the client who will be receiving proxy services.

Diabetes/Insulin Training

This training session includes a brief overview of diabetes, signs and symptoms, insulin and medication administration, proper nutrition, and emergency protocol.

End-of-Life Training

Largely focused on emotional and sensitivity training, this session overviews how to assist families and clients in moving through the final stages of life.

Restorative Exercises and Training

This course is an overview of posture, positioning, and exercise for those who spend a good deal of time in bed, in a chair, or who need help with transfers and getting in and out of bed and to the bathroom. Common rehab discharge conditions are discussed as well. In the class we discuss exercise principles that improve circulation, joint flexibility, spinal care, and overall relaxation. Range of motion and principles of yoga and posture are also covered. Specific references to common strengthening exercises and positioning often prescribed in home exercise programs is reviewed along with postures to avoid for recent hip fractures.

Diabetic Care

A RN instructor reviews the disease process, diabetic signs, symptoms, and care as well as review of how to intervene with hyper and hypo glycemia.

CPR and First Aid

Courses are regularly offered that meet state guidelines.

How to Understand Families and How to Work with Your Own Loved One

Our Social Worker reviews some of the common challenges within families and between adult children and their parents. The dynamics of the grief cycle is also covered. There are some case examples and problems solving exercise used to improve communication and active listening on key topics.

Hoyer Lift Training

This class reviewed principles of the Hoyer lift.

Parkinson’s Care

This class reviews the common symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and specific interventions that can help rigidity, transfers, and ambulation. Exercise principles as well as positioning and breathing is reviewed.

POLST, Advanced Directives

These areas are discussed to help families and professionals understand the importance of early planning and what the documents mean for improved decision making in times of rapid health decline. The Ombudsman and our Social Worker facilitate the classes.

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