Students in the Eastern Suffolk BOCES Adult Education Practical Nursing and Clinical Medical Assisting Programs participated in a two-day Alzheimer’s Association and HealthCare InteractiveÒ Training Program in Brentwood. Community Education Manager Robert Schuster, M.S.Ed., and Community Educator Angie Avila provided the training. Upon completion of the training program, the students took a test to receive a CARESÒ Dementia Basics™ 4-Hour Online Training Program Certificate of Completion.
The CARESÒ Approach is a person-centered approach for dementia caregivers. Students learned that it’s important to meet the needs of the person by Connecting with the person, Assessing their Behavior, Responding appropriately, Evaluating what works, and Sharing what worked with others.
Empathy involves accepting another person, helping them feel understood and not alone, and as caregivers in the health sciences field, the students learned how to respond to a person with dementia whose world is confusing, fragmented, and sometimes frightening.
“With an increase in the aging
population and the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s,” said Program Administrator Debra
Epilone, “it is important for us to include trainings like this in our
curriculum. Our students now have additional skills they can apply as they move
forward in their career in the field of health sciences.”