How to Ask the Right Questions: A Guide to Gathering Helpful Feedback on Your Caregiver Training Program

Posted by Pam Brandon on Mar 23, 2023 12:14:00 PM




Last week I discussed the concept of Empowered Skills and provided a checklist for evaluating the effectiveness of your training program. Proper evaluation of your training programs will ensure you have a process in place of requesting and receiving feedback from caregivers on the training you've provided. Training is only effective if you know what caregivers are thinking. 

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Empowered Skills: The Missing Element in Caregiver Training Programs

Posted by Pam Brandon on Mar 16, 2023 2:01:00 PM

Last week I talked about the shift to experiential learning and the vast benefits "learning by doing" has to participant-facing training. Now let's discuss a concept called empowered skills

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Why You Should Shift to Experiential Learning

Posted by Pam Brandon on Mar 9, 2023 1:10:00 PM

If you read my blog last week, I discussed focusing on what works in caregiver training and education, utilizing core guiding principles and steps to create an effective training program. There are many benefits to training that works, the most important being just that! The results will speak for themselves when you take your training to the right level.  

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Caregiver Training: Focus on What Works

Posted by Pam Brandon on Mar 2, 2023 1:46:00 PM



Given today's staffing shortages and high turnover, let's set achievable goals for dementia training. After all, at the end of the day, don't we all want to be able to say, "the training works simply!". Of course, we do. If training works, that means it aligns with business goals and achieves positive outcomes.  

"The goal of any training should be to empower caregivers, give them the tools to work with, and be flexible enough with the material to honor the uniqueness and diversity of each individual you work with." – Dr. Rose Joudi, Aging & Ethnic Diversity Consultant. 


What does training mean? 

Training is the action of teaching a person a particular skill or type of behavior. 

In aging services, this means showing caregivers how to identify different scenarios and conditions to best care for sub-groups of older adults across emotional, physical, and other elements of health. In addition, training includes learning how a caregiver can take care of themselves in moments of stress and challenging situations. But is something else missing when we look through the lens of aging services and training trends? Let's dig into this a bit more. 

Although there is no one-size fits all for training, there are some guiding principles to keep in mind as a helpful guide:

1. Consider what your caregivers need to learn 

2. Identify and assess goals for training 

3. Weigh all available options 

4. Decide on what training best meets your staff's learning  styles 

5. Evaluate and gather feedback 

Utilizing these principles, the following steps will help guide you in an effective dementia training program:   

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Topics: Caregiver Training

Is Your Dementia Program Community Facing?

Posted by Pam Brandon on Feb 23, 2023 12:45:00 PM


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Topics: dementia care, dementia, dementia friendly, Dementia Live Training, dementia training, dementia education, Dementia friendly community, Dementia Care Outreach Education, dementia-friendly reading

From A Great Dementia Coach to an Extraordinary Dementia Champion

Posted by Pam Brandon on Feb 16, 2023 12:00:00 PM


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Topics: dementia care, dementia, dementia friendly, dementia training, dementia education, Dementia Awareness, dementia care training

10 Characteristics of a Successful Dementia Training Coach

Posted by Ann Germany on Feb 9, 2023 12:00:00 PM

With NBA's basketball season in full swing and NFL's Superbowl around the corner, no one doubts the incredible impact a good coach has on developing both the physical and mental strengths that lead to the success of sports teams. Today, coaches are proving their value in a diversity of areas: Whole Life Coach, Communications Coach, Wellness Coach, Career Coach, Weight Loss Coach, Business Coach, and even Relationship Coach.

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Topics: dementia care, dementia training, dementia education, dementia care training

Six Components that Define Quality Dementia Care Training

Posted by Pam Brandon on Feb 2, 2023 11:00:00 AM

In the sea of dementia care training, leaders can be overwhelmed when evaluating options. This article provides practical guidance if you are just getting started in creating a dementia training program or if you are re-evaluating current practices. 

Before you learn the six components that define quality dementia care training, I'm going to discuss four fundamental truths: 

We Must Educate, Engage, and Retain Employees

Aging service providers are experiencing dangerously high staff shortages that impact the quality of care, employee retention, and family satisfaction. These together directly affect the bottom line. 

Studies reveal a correlation between the lack of investment in care team education and turnover, with staff reporting feeling ill-prepared for their work with older adults, especially those with memory loss. It's time for a change!

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Topics: dementia care, dementia training, dementia education, dementia care training, dementia programming

Addressing The Growing Needs Of The Aging Population

Posted by Pam Brandon on Jan 19, 2023 2:11:38 PM

By 2050, the world's population of people ages 60 years and older will double (2.1 billion). The number of persons aged 80 years or older is expected to triple between 2020 and 2050 to reach 426 million (WHO).   

Global communities face the complex challenges of an aging population that far outpaces the current capacities of healthcare and community services.   

Aging service providers across the landscape urgently need practical and effective education and training that prepare and equip the workforce, families, and those who, in any capacity, serve the aging population. 

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Topics: Aging Service Provider

Resource RoundUp: Useful Tools to Support the Aging Services Industry in Igniting Change

Posted by Laura Ellen Christian on Jan 12, 2023 1:40:49 PM

Is one of your organization’s goals to invest more in learning, growth and development opportunities for team members?  Or to focus on the customer experience?  Maybe it's to be more of a resource for the industry? 

A key way to begin chipping away at any goal is to gather information that can support strategies to achieve success. 

Here are a few quick resources in these top categories: 
  • Staff Training and Education 
  • Resident or Client Engagement 
  • Family and Professional Caregiver Support 

Staff Training and Education Resources

How Training has Evolved over the Years

Take a listen to a conversation between two industry leaders talking about training and education evolutions and strategies for success. 

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Topics: aging services, Caregiver Training, resources, dementia education, resident engagement, Family Caregiver Education, staff development

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