This refreshed 2-hour training (approved for Florida Home Health: HH AD 9984) equips caregivers for the care of persons with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders. This course overviews updated disease information, renewed communication and behavior management tips, care techniques, and current skills for working with family members.
Define the terms “dementia” and “Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Disorders (ADRD).”
Describe what is happening inside the brain of someone with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia.
Explain how cognitive impairment from ADRD/dementia differs from that seen in normal aging.
List the three stages of Alzheimer’s Disease and describe how the disease progresses.
Explain how Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders affects communication skills.
Describe at least four strategies for communicating verbally and nonverbally with clients who are noncommunicative or non-responsive.
Describe at least four symptoms and four behaviors of each stage of ADRD.
Demonstrate a general problem-solving approach when presented with challenging behaviors of clients with ADRD.
Explain at least three specific strategies and techniques for dealing with challenging behaviors.
Describe at least three general strategies for promoting independence with ADLs during the beginning, middle, and late stages of ADRD.
Explain at least five care techniques for clients with ADRD you can use during dressing, grooming, eating, bathing, and toileting (or incontinence).
Discuss how to recognize the issues and concerns of family members of clients with ADRD, during the early, middle, and late stages.
Describe the five different stages of the grief process and how to recognize it in others.
Discuss how the grief process relates to the ongoing, multiple losses experienced by clients with ADRD and their families.