Are you a health care professional? Do you have a loved one living with dementia?
Gain a better understanding of Dementia Care!
Enroll in individual classes or earn the Dementia Care Professional Certification (DPC).
The Dementia Care Professional Certification (DPC) is offered by Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington in association with the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Indiana. It addresses the continuing education needs of health care professionals who need to keep up with realistic best practices for quality dementia care. It is also useful for friends and relatives of individuals with dementia who wish to have a better understanding of the disease. DPC classes will be taught by Natalie Crohn, LSW, MSW.
To earn the DPC: 40 hours of coursework is required, which is achieved in nine classes.
Courses can also be taken individually. Individuals who care for a loved one with dementia, or health care professionals who just wish to focus in a specific area may take courses individually.
Fundamentals of Dementia Care
This 7-hour foundation class is designed to help all staff, but especially personal care staff understand the basics of dementia care. Topics include an overview of Alzheimer's Disease and related dementias, implementing person-centered care, communication strategies, understanding challenging behaviors, improving activities of daily living, and helping families. (.7 CEUs)
Understanding Dementia is designed for health care professionals who are new to the health care industry, or who are developing a familiarity with dementia and Alzheimer's Disease. The course begins with an overview of dementia and the specific diseases and conditions that may cause dementia. The diagnostic process, dual diagnosis, and progress of Alzheimer's disease will be covered, as well as medications and non-pharmacological forms of treatment. (.4 CEUs)
Utilizing interactive training, this course provides the learner with information on verbal, non-verbal, and written communication techniques for persons with dementia, residents' families, and co-workers. Special consideration of cultural influences, hearing and visual impairments, and documentation will be addressed. (.4 CEUs)
Problem Solving and Managing Behavior Issues in Dementia Care
The challenging behaviors of agitation, both aggressive and non-aggressive, are explained in this session. Potential solutions and techniques are presented, with specific emphasis on topics such as combativeness, incontinence, sexuality, and wandering. (.4CEUs)
Physical Health and Safety
This course explores classifications of medications and how to understand and identify adverse reactions. Nutrition and hydration are addressed as well as goal setting and identifying strategies for care giving when changes in eating behaviors occur. Effective care planning to include preventative measures for falls and wounds will be addressed. (.4 CEUs)
Activities of Daily Living
This course will provide an advanced look at personal and daily care. Techniques for activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, eating, toileting, and ambulation) will be discussed. Using an interactive approach, this course provides participants opportunities to explore how daily living activities can become meaningful and incorporated into daily schedules. (.4 CEUs)
Strategies for Better Care Environments
The potential of the physical environment, both internal and external, to play an active role in shaping and supporting independence, stimulation, and quality of life for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias will be explored in this course. Special emphasis will be placed on principles behind design and the importance of utilizing the environment as a therapeutic tool. (.4 CEUs)
This course addresses the use of activities throughout the day that are individualized for those with dementia. Tips, techniques, and examples will be used to provide a meaningful exploration of the possibilities that activities provide in allowing residents to lead the fullest life possible. Individual and group activities as well as environmental design that facilitate activities will be emphasized. (.4 CEUs)
Directing an Alzheimer's/Dementia Care Unit
This training is designed specifically for the unit manager, staff educator, and administrator. A review of Alzheimer's disease and care practices, administrative practices, educating staff, regulations, and ways to reduce deficiencies will be covered. (.4 CEUs)
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For complete course descriptions or registration information, please contact Ivy Tech Corporate College at 812.330.6044.