KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College, in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, will be offering two free dementia care training courses for employees of skilled, licensed, long-term care facilities through its Department of Workforce and Economic Development on April 7 in Kokomo.
The first course, entitled Effective Communication, will run from 8 a.m. to noon and use interactive training to address how to communicate effectively using both verbal and nonverbal communication techniques with persons with dementia. The course also will discuss cultural influences, hearing and visual impairments, and documentation.
The second course, entitled Problem Solving Challenging Behaviors, will run from 1 to 5 p.m. and will cover how to deal effectively with the challenges of both aggressive and non-aggressive behaviors of agitation. Potential solutions and techniques will be presented, with specific emphasis on topics such as combativeness, incontinence, sexuality, wandering, culturally sensitive approaches and working with the family.
Both classes will be held in Alumni Hall on Ivy Tech’s main Kokomo Campus, 1815 E. Morgan St, on Thursday, April 7. Both courses count toward the Indiana State Department of Health dementia-specific training requirements. Seating is limited to the first 75 registrants. For more information or to register, call the Alzheimer’s Association Helpline at 800-272-3900.
The Alzheimer’s Association has a partnership with Ivy Tech to deliver the Association’s 40-hour Dementia Professional Certification (DPC) program through its statewide campus system. Courses were developed by the Alzheimer’s Association and experts throughout Indiana in response to training deficits. The courses provide realistic best practices to provide quality dementia care. To earn the DPC, health care professionals must have a total of 40 hours of course work from courses offered through Ivy Tech.