Basic Skillsets for Care Partners: Are We Getting It Wrong?

Posted by Laura Ellen Christian on Aug 25, 2022 12:00:00 PM
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Topics: Caregiver Training, quality of life, caregiver education

A Family's Journey to Better Care for People Living with Dementia

Posted by Laura Ellen Christian on Sep 1, 2021 9:09:36 AM

I mentioned my grandmother briefly in my last post and I would love to share more about her!  Her name was Mildred and this year she would have celebrated her 101st year around the sun.  She was was the pillar of our family and barrel of fun!  I can see her infectious smile now, dancing in the kitchen singing "If I'd known you were coming, I would've baked you a cake"!  Most of my memories of grandmama Mildred involve her journey living with dementia.  She taught our family so much in the 8+ years she lived with dementia.  Her sense of humor never ceased and was a critical piece in allowing grace to shine bright through it all.  And boy did we need grace - we didn't always get it right.  That's life.  

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Topics: dementia care, dementia, caregiving, Caregiver Training, family caregivers, Compassion, Family Education, dementia training, dementia education, Dementia Awareness, communication skills, education and training

REVEAL Aging: The New Generation of Workforce Education

Posted by Julie Boggess on Mar 29, 2021 9:15:08 PM

The Aging Services Industry faces a triple-whammy when it comes to workforce turnover and retention.

The first hit is the massive turnover that occurred and continues to occur because of the pandemic.   Second,  the turnover is on top of existing unfillable vacant positions.  Thirdly, there are new entrants into the field who have no prior experience caring for older adults.

We don't want just warm bodies.  Yet, providers had to scurry and pull from every corner to get to bare staffing requirements.  Now, providers hang on hope that the good employees will not jump ship as the pandemic fades.  What are we to do about this massive issue?

Much of the focus will continue to  be on recruiting new employees, and rightly so.  However, great attention needs to be given to how to keep the new, good employees.  At the same time, it is critical to also maintain the spirit and engagement of the seasoned employees.

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Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Institute, Senior Care Professionals, aging services, Training, Hospital Professionals, Caregiver Training, aging, AGE-u-cate®, education, AGE-u-cate Training Insitute, Employees, Pam Brandon, turnover, older adults, AGE-u-cate Training, REVEAL Aging

How to Prevent People in Nursing Homes from Becoming Invisible?

Posted by Ann Catlin on Oct 4, 2019 12:47:33 PM
People in care can often feel invisible.
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Topics: Senior Care Professionals, Senior Care, Caregiver, compassionate touch, Hospital Professionals, Caregiver Training, Person centered care, touch

Careers in Aging - Proactive Approaches to the Looming Crisis

Posted by Pam Brandon on Mar 4, 2019 10:00:46 AM

March 3 -7 is Careers in Aging Week and an appropriate time to talk about the importance of this topic.  No longer are the shortages of direct care staff and others in long term care a subject of the future.  The crisis is looming and it is serious.

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Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Institute, Senior Care Professionals, compassionate touch, Dementia Live, leadership, Hospital Professionals, Caregiver Training, Careers in Aging

The Fear of Dementia and How We Must Redirect our Thinking

Posted by Pam Brandon on Jan 30, 2018 9:31:31 AM

I had a few "Aha" moments this past weekend that made me realize just how prevalent the fear of dementia is in our society,  and how we must redirect our thinking in order to transform how we look at Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.

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Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Institute, Senior Care Professionals, Family Caregiver, Aging in the Workplace, Training, dementia, Care Partners, caregivers, Dementia Live®Training, leadership, Alzheimer's disease, Caregiver Training, alzheimer's, Fear of Dementia, Dementia Awareness, education and training

Gearing Up to Help How Caregivers Think, Feel, Act

Posted by Pam Brandon on Jan 12, 2018 3:57:01 PM

What's it really like to live with dementia?  To cope with the anxiety, embarrassment, feelings of loss and hopeless that can so often accompany the progression of dementia.  There are far too many caregivers today who are struggling with truly understanding the depths of living with cognitive decline and sensory changes.  Instead caregivers try to cope with what's on the surface.  Transformation takes place when caregivers change how they think, feel and act!

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Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Institute, Senior Care Professionals, Family Caregiver, Training, dementia, caregivers, leadership, Hospital Professionals, Caregiver Training, Dementia Live Training, understanding, education and training

The Art of Being an Effective Dementia Care Detective

Posted by Pam Brandon on Aug 18, 2017 7:36:34 AM

Responding to challenging behavior for people living with dementia is often the greatest triggers of stress,  helplessness and frustration for professional and family caregivers.  Learning to be an effective dementia care detective incorporates knowledge of behavioral expression and having effective tools to respond, reassure and comfort.

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Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Institute, dementia care, Senior Care Professionals, Family Caregiver, dementia, Care Partners, compassionate touch, Dementia Live, leadership, Caregiver Training, Dementia Detective, Family Education, Dementia Live Training, Behavioral Expression

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