Training and Development Services

We offer the DEMENTIA LIFE CARE SPECIALIST PROGRAM and PAIN MANAGEMENT TRAINING in response to the New CT General Assembly law.

The 2006 CT General Assembly enacted a law that imposes a disclosure requirement on nursing homes that offer specialized dementia care effective January 1, 2007. In addition the law requires training about Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias and in recognition and management for all direct care effective June 7 2006. These new requirements apply to nursing homes and to most other types of providers that offer specialized dementia care, including assisted living, residential care homes congregate living adult day care hospice and adult foster homes.

All new employees must complete 8 hours of dementia specific training within 6 months of employment. Existing staff who have not had such training should also complete 8 hours.

The law states that 3 hours of training dementia specific and 2 hours of pain recognition and management annually. The annual requirement begins after the initial 8 hours. Effective on or after January 1 2007 each Alzheimer’s special care unit or program shall provide written disclosure to any person who will be placed in such a unit or program.

Dementia Life Care Specialist Program

Caring for individuals with dementia requires skill and expertise in understanding the disease process, in learning ways to keep individuals at their highest functioning level for as long as possible and to promote person centered care. This is accomplished through knowing who the person we are caring for really is and connecting to them as individuals.

This training focuses on information and skill development critical to working with residents with early stage dementia. Included in the training is information on:

Brain pathways
Habilitation therapy
Validation therapy
Additional topics that will enable staff to integrate activities of daily living into specialized individualized programs.

This program blends two areas of caregiving: The science and art of caregiving with self care for the caregiver. Skill development as well as knowing how to care for themselves and nurture their own spirit is a necessary combination for quality care. Each area is woven into the practical teachings for the staff so that classroom education is supported and used on a daily basis.

Pain Management Training

This program teaches the care giver how to accurately assess and manage pain in long term care facilities. The following is included in the training:

What is pain
Types of pain
Observation skills
How we react to pain
Myths about pain
Non-verbal pain indicators
The impact of pain in dementia
Pain assessment in dementia
Ethical framework in pain management for people with dementia
Non pharmacological treatments/strategies

The Trusting Touch™
A Best Practice for Challenging Behaviors

Is your staff being injured while giving care?
Do residents act out by hitting, kicking, biting, pulling hair, grabbing, or choking?
Is your staff finding the act of care giving to be more and more difficult?

TRUSTING TOUCH teaches caregivers to use safe and effective practices when difficult situations arise. This model of care includes both verbal and non-verbal approaches, person-centered care giving, and safe physical responses to biting, kicking, grabbing, choking, and dealing with aggressive behaviors.

Therapeutic Touch
A Way to Connect, Heal, and Help

Therapeutic Touch (TT) is is a contemporary interpretation of several ancient healing practices in which the hands are used as a focus to facilitate healing. It is a consciously directed process of energy exchange during which the practitioner uses the hands as a focus to facilitate the healing process. TT promotes relaxation and has been shown to be effective in the treatment of stress related disorders, strengthening and quickening the body’s own healing resources, wound healing, reduction in pain, comforting those with a terminal illness and for reducing anxiety associated with Alzheimer’s Disease.


Additional Staff Trainings Offered by RMC:

Dining With Grace™

Dining affords the opportunity for conversation, companionship and nutrition. The focus of this workshop is to teach caregivers how to restructure the meal time hour into a positive experience for the care giver and resident. Simple cost effective environmental changes, assessment of food service delivery, and menu design for independence will be discussed.

Changing Wandering to Walking

Wandering is defined as moving without a purpose or destination. The benefits of walking are positive and universal. And yet, for individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease, care givers often perceive this activity as a challenging behavior. In this workshop participants will learn about the benefits of walking for individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease and be taught how to structure a walking program that encourages movement, promotes health and reduces anxiety

Coaching Skills for Health Care Supervisors

Coaching is a process used by true leaders to support employees in putting forth their best efforts and to achieve a specific result. It is recognized as more positive, effective and empowering as a managerial skill than instruction or advice in all organizational settings, including the Health Care Field. This workshop will teach participants what coaching is and will offer the opportunity to practice key basic coaching skills such as listening (different levels of listening), how to ask powerful questions, goal setting, acknowledgement, requesting, challenging and accountability. Coaching demonstrations will be provided.

And ask us about our special TEAM BUILDING THROUGH COOKING Program.
It is a fun and interactive way to begin to foster team spirit, strengthen communication and move towards being a high performing team!