Home Instead® recognized by the Alzheimer’s Association® Curriculum Review

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Training aimed at implementing the latest evidence-based approaches to dementia care amid growing numbers of Americans affected

Home Instead announced today its newest memory care training program is now recognized by the Alzheimer’s Association for successfully completing curriculum review and incorporating its evidence-based Dementia Care Practice Recommendations in the following topic areas: Alzheimer’s and dementia, person-centered care, assessment and care planning, activities of daily living, and behaviors and communication.

The newest Home Instead training program is based on research, Alzheimer’s experts and experience and equips Home Instead CAREGivers℠ to provide care with a person-centered approach. This individualized program focuses on the dignity of the person with dementia, rather than the diagnosis and symptoms of the disease.

“Home Instead has long recognized the importance of training CAREGivers to meet the complex needs of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias,” said Lakelyn Hogan, Home Instead gerontologist and caregiver advocate. “Clients respond remarkably well to the techniques our CAREGivers use. What’s more, the training empowers CAREGivers to be more comfortable and effective in their work.”

“The Alzheimer’s Association is pleased that Home Instead is aligning its training program with our Dementia Care Practice Recommendations,” said Beth Kallmyer, MSW, vice president of care and support at the Alzheimer’s Association. “These evidence-based recommendations lead the transformation of quality care with a person-centered focus at its core. By taking this step, Home Instead has demonstrated their commitment to providing training that is based on evidence.”

High-quality dementia care training can lead to improvement in communication between caregivers and people living with dementia, a reduction in dementia-related behaviors and an increase in job satisfaction and staff retention.

In addition to completing the new training program, Home Instead encourages its franchises to offer CAREGivers the opportunity to earn certification through the Alzheimer’s Association’s essentiALZ certification exam. Professional care workers who pass the exam are certified in essentiALZ for two years.

The Alzheimer’s Association offers flexible options for providers and individuals to implement quality care. For information on pathways to training and certification, visit alz.org/trainingandcertification.

Recognition from the Alzheimer’s Association is not an endorsement of the organization or the care provided.

Founded in 1994 in Omaha, Nebraska, the Home Instead® franchise network provides personalized care, support and education to enhance the lives of aging adults and their families. Today, the network is the world's leading provider of in-home care services for seniors, with more than 1,200 independently owned and operated franchises that provide more than 80 million hours of care annually throughout the United States and 13 other countries. Local Home Instead offices employ approximately 90,000 CAREGivers℠ worldwide who provide basic support services that enable seniors to live safely and comfortably in their own homes for as long as possible. Home Instead franchise owners partner with clients and their family members to help meet varied individual needs. Services span the care continuum – from providing personal care to specialized Alzheimer’s care and hospice support. Also available are family caregiver education and support resources.

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