Highland Park Hosts Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Seminar

Cameo Rogers, CDP, CDCM, CADDCT, Life Enrichment Coordinator for Vetter Health Services presented the Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Seminar Curriculum for the Highland Park Care Center Memory Support Team from our Diamond Valley neighborhood. This training is the required course for those individuals seeking the path to become Certified Dementia Practitioners through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP) and was developed by NCCDP.

The 8 hour training included information about Alzheimer’s and other causes of Dementia, approach, communication, and engagement techniques specific for individuals with dementia, depression and repetitive behavioral expressions, aggression and catastrophic reactions, personal care, activities, environment, caregiving and stress management, diversity and cultural awareness, and spirituality and end of life.

Cameo also used this training opportunity to reinforce our dementia communication skills from our BUDDIES FOREVER training; she provided hands-on coaching to team members to have them experience what not to do (do not stand over, lean over in front of, or approach a resident from behind), and what to do (get down below eye level, establish eye contact, offer a handshake with a warm and sparkling expression).

Our team members had fun with these experiential exercises and even participated in some dementia detective work and root cause analysis on out of character responses during the session.

Our team members in Diamond Valley, our Memory Support Household were grateful for the opportunity to refresh their skills. We look forward to continuing our growth to become masterful communicators with individuals with dementia.

Excellence-We continually pursue opportunities to improve ourselves and the services we provide. We learn from our experiences, build on our successes, and make changes when changes are beneficial. We develop people’s strengths and remain committed to becoming the Best of the Best.

DeeDee Behm, Memory Support Coordinator

Highland Park Care Center, Alliance, Nebraska