Healthcare Providers/First Responders

Healthcare Providers

The training workshops assist with raising standards of care:

  1. Meeting your state and national education requirements and safety concerns
  2. Providing quality dementia care training that is valuable to the employees and to each person who is living with dementia.
  3. Lowers employee turnover without adversely affecting your bottom line.
                People living with dementia are admitted into hospitals more often that the rest of the population.

“Dementia patients are twice as likely to suffer preventable complications such as pressure ulcers and pneumonia while in the hospital. Your patients who are living with dementia may get missed by accident at mealtimes and have problems eating and drinking which are made worse in hospitals.” (June Andrews-Professor of Dementia, University of Stirling).

  1. Is your staff prepared to take care of those people who are living with dementia?
  2. Is your staff able to identify and understand the difference between normal aging vs. not normal aging behaviors, depression, delirium, and dementia?
  3. Do they know how to manage seemingly inappropriate and difficult behaviors and use effective communication skills and techniques which helps improve the care for someone living with dementia? 3

An increase in nursing home care is rising as the incidence of dementia rises.  The direct care staff in skilled nursing, rehabilitation, and senior communities face the increasing challenges when caring for people who are living with dementia. The direct care staff must be educated and trained to possess the necessary skills needed to provide the highest quality of dementia care.

Janet’s hands-on, interactive training helps the direct healthcare staff better understand dementia and teaches how to meet the individual needs of the person living with dementia.  Specific techniques and skills taught are used when helping feed, bathe, dress, and other ADLs which allows the person who has dementia actively participate at some level. These techniques allow the person with dementia to participate with the activities of daily living which usually decreases what is perceived as resistive behaviors.

The staff learns how to work effectively, while providing the best quality of care, for those living with dementia. Using these skills and approaches may contribute to reducing hospitalizations and use of anti-psychotic medications.  Overall goal is for staff to create a positive relationship and maximize preserved skills of those living with dementia.

The training workshops provide continuing education for dementia and safety concerns, which are required by the state, while providing quality, hands-on approach dementia care training that is valuable to the staff and to each person who is living with dementia.

Dementia in Law Enforcement and Emergency Response Team

Dementia training is recommended for first responders to increase their ability to recognize when a person has dementia and then knowing how to better communicate with that person to reduce confusion, anxiety, and fear.  What can you do to help once you arrive at the scene?  Those with dementia require  specific approaches, techniques, and ways to effectively communicate, requiring additional support to keep the person living with dementia and others safe.

Major Concerns with Dementia

  • Safety of the Person
  • Safety of the Others
  • Safety of the Property
  • Problems with Public Behaviors
  • Communication Problems
Specific dementia training workshops are designed for First Responders. Participants are provided with multiple scenarios then practice using the specific approaches and techniques that can be used on the scene of an emergency. If you are interested in sponsoring a dementia training workshop for your department, contact Janet Standifer 817-901-4658 or email