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About CARES® Dementia Basics™
The CARES® Dementia Basics™ Online Training Program provides caregivers with the core or “basic” information needed for dementia care. It focuses on person-centered care, the changes that happen to thinking skills as dementia progresses, how those changes impact behavior and how to understand behavior as communication. It also includes an entire module on the CARES® Approach, a person-centered, easy-to-remember approach to care for any person in any situation and at any level of dementia thinking decline.
The letters in CARES stand for: Connect with the Person, Assess Behavior, Respond Appropriately, Evaluate What Works and Share with Others. Explore these and other topics through video, audio and interactive exercises featuring real families, real caregivers and real dementia-care experts (no actors).
This program has four modules (4 hours). The modules include:
- Meet Clara Jones
- Introduction to Dementia
- Understanding Behavior as Communication
- The CARES® Approach
CARES® was developed with the Alzheimer’s Association, with input from a national team of experts. CARES content incorporates evidence-based strategies from the Alzheimer’s Association Dementia Care Practice Recommendations that have been supported by more than 30 leading health and senior care organizations.