Sage­point Senor Liv­ing par­tic­i­pates in pi­lot on­line Alzheimer’s train­ing pro­gram

Maryland Independent - - Business -

Sage­point Se­nior Liv­ing Ser­vices in La Plata an­nounced that as part of its com­mit­ment to pro­vid­ing ex­cel­lent care for peo­ple liv­ing with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of de­men­tia, the staff is par­tic­i­pat­ing in an on­line CARES de­men­tia train­ing pi­lot pro­gram and will earn the Alzheimer’s As­so­ci­a­tion’s “es­sen­tiALZ” and “es­sen­tiALZ Plus” cer­ti­fi­ca­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease, the non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion will post its progress to­ward em­ployee par­tic­i­pa­tion goals in the main lobby.

The goal of the pi­lot pro­gram from the state Alzheimer’s Coun­cil is to determine the fea­si­bil­ity of on­line train­ing to en­hance knowl­edge in and adop­tion of de­men­tia care best prac­tices in Mary­land. Sage­point Se­nior Liv­ing Ser­vices is the first nurs­ing com­mu­nity in Mary­land to par­tic­i­pate in this pro­gram.

Staff will com­plete 10 mod­ules of ed­u­ca­tion which cover de­men­tia ba­sics (Alzheimer’s and de­men­tia, un­der­stand­ing be­hav­ior, com­mu­ni­ca­tion, and per­son-cen­tered care) and ad­vanced de­men­tia care (mak­ing a con­nec­tion, eat­ing well, rec­og­niz­ing pain, min­i­miz­ing falls, re­think­ing wan­der­ing, and min­i­miz­ing and elim­i­nat­ing re­straints).

“With the CARES on­line de­men­tia train­ing pro­gram, we seek to of­fer train­ing with a fo­cus on per­son-cen­tered de­men­tia care. We are look­ing at all em­ploy­ees to par­tic­i­pate in this en­deavor,” said reg­is­tered nurse Hope Dweik, Sage­point’s staff ed­u­ca­tor. “As the first skilled nurs­ing com­mu­nity in Mary­land to par­tic­i­pate in this pi­lot pro­gram, we are help­ing to pave the way for cutting-edge lev­els of de­men­tia care for res­i­dents in long-term care, as­sisted liv­ing, and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion com­mu­ni­ties.”

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