Looking Ahead: Year Two

You likely already know that NH RSA 151:50 for Continuing Education requires at least 6 hours of initial continuing education for all covered administrative staff and direct service staff, but maybe you didn’t know that our member agencies complied with this regulation by training over 13,000 staff members with the Alliance’s online Dementia Training program during a pandemic!

With Year One of the new dementia education law behind us, the Home Care, Hospice & Palliative Care Alliance of New Hampshire is excited to announce the 2021 schedule for the Dementia Training for Home Care & Hospice.

Save the Dates!

  • Dementia Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Stage Specific Activities Knowing the Life Story
  • Preventing Falls and Dementia Related Hospital Admissions
    • June 10, 2021
    • 2:00 – 3:00 pm
  • Communication strategies and responding to challenging behaviors
    • November 10, 2021
    • 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Preview: Year Three

  • Where is the toilet seat? Common Visual Spatial Changes in Alzheimer’s
    • January 12, 2022
    • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

More details on content will follow. Sign up here to receive all of our education updates.

Each program will be offered free for employees of Alliance member agencies. For information on Membership, contact Alliance CEO, Gina Balkus, gbalkus@homecarenh.org

Year Two Training Required.

Year Two for previously trained staff: The law requires at least 4 hours of ongoing training each calendar year there after; the Alliance is ready to help by offering four new trainings in 2021.

Year Two for new staff: All new employees must complete six hours within 90 days of hire (see section 158:48 I. (a) Section: 151:48 Initial and Continuing Training in Dementia Required) and then four more each year going forward. The employee and agency can work together to determine which topics are most pertinent. There is flexibility on this, as long as the six hours are met for the employee’s first year, and they receive training across the five content pillars.

  1. Alzheimer’s disease and dementia;
  2. Person-centered care;
  3. Assessment and care planning;
  4. Activities of daily living; and
  5. Dementia related behaviors and communication

Caring for Dementia Patients During the COVID-19

January 21, 2021
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The goal of maintaining social distancing boundaries to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus is challenging for all individuals, but is typically even more so for those living with dementia and their caregivers. This presentation will highlight the serious possible effects of social isolation, including the development of depression and anxiety, and ways to recognize these signs and symptoms. This session will also provide attendees practical tips for caregiving during the pandemic, such as connection strategies for video chat or phone calls, and communication techniques while using personal protective equipment.

Understand where an individual is cognitively and functionally in the disease progression and their abilities and disabilities. Develop knowledge to teach caregivers appropriate activities based on the individuals Life Story and disease stage. Learn why it is so important to know a patient’s life story to plan appropriate patient-centered care.

Preventing Falls and Dementia Related Hospital Admissions

June 10, 2021

2:00 – 3:00 pm

Content details and registration available soon.

Communication strategies and responding to challenging behaviors

November 10, 2021

2:00 – 3:00 pm

Content details and registration available soon.

Where is the toilet seat? Common Visual Spatial Changes in Alzheimer’s

January 12, 2022

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Content details and registration available soon.

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