Professional In-Service Programs

These highly successful training programs are for professional staff and management teams engaged in the treatment, supervision, and coordination of care for older adults. Services are provided in skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, sub-acute and full care hospitals. I am a featured speaker for seminars and conferences emphasizing the importance of a total care environment which integrates medical and behavioral health and develops a person centered model of care.

Consider that 70% of adults coming into skilled care have a diagnosed co-existing behavioral health disorder. It becomes essential to address these needs as a focus of treatment. Over the past 30 years, I have developed training modules which address specific cognitive, social, behavioral and emotional shifts which occur to those affected by dementia and other psychiatric illnesses. Supportive services must adjust to the myriad changes that occur in the patient environment. Employees of each discipline and volunteers who interact with those in care must have a viable, informed and consistent approach which provides safety and personal care strategies.

Behavioral Health Care (BHC)

A training module focused on a wide scope of behavioral health concerns which include identifying, educating and implementing treatment plans for patients.

Behavioral Health Care Training Program Topics Include:
 Understanding psychiatric diagnoses
 Effective communication styles
 How behavioral health diagnoses affect medical issues
 The role of medications/Utilizing BH techniques in lieu of medications
 Multi-discipline care/Personalizing care
 Gaining support of family members

Training programs can be adjusted to meet specific needs of other venues including emergency rooms, acute or sub-acute care settings.

Health Care and the Dementias

A training module dedicated specifically to the understanding and treatment for those with dementia emphasizing individual care plans and a multi-discipline approach. They are designed for training staff in skilled nursing facilities, memory care and other behavior care milieus.

Three important components for optimum care for those with dementia are effective professional engagement, a supportive family or social network and safety. Specialized treatment, understanding and proven intervention methods are designed to offer effective enduring assistance for people suffering from dementia and its wide range of complexities. Families with dementia want to feel better, think more positively, and create a healthier environment. This is not an easy task. It takes time and commitment. I am committed to assisting individuals with dementia focusing on life not death.

The family decision to begin treatment and travel down this path is not made lightly. Finding the best professional team should be done with caution. Trust and safety in the professional team are the two most basic and foremost components to successful treatment of the dementias. Employing all disciplines in the care for people with dementia is crucial.

The training module is designed to:
1. Ensure safety for yourselves and to those whom you provide care
2. Educate families to provide up-to-date information and planning
3. Provide consistency of care to ease family stress and offer effective care practices

Topics of training include: (Training modules can be developed to accommodate specific needs)
 Progressive disease related changes
 Communication & Intervention strategies
 The role of medications
 Developing a viable treatment plan & Personalizing care
 Wandering and redirection/Aggressive behaviors
 Dementia & coexisting diagnoses
 Providing effective support & education to families
 Developing an effective support team

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