The Grotta Fund for Senior Care
ACAP is offering communication and skills training to workers who serve vulnerable elderly with challenging behaviors. Non-profit organizations and individuals are eligible to participate. In 2010 more than 200 caregivers from 40 agencies have benefited from this program.
This five-session interactive curriculum offers real life scenarios, innovative methods, and issue specific skills to improve communication with the vulnerable and challenging elderly. It helps participants develop strategies to better communicate with the mentally impaired elderly, and seeks to improve in-home care of mentally impaired elderly by training family and professional caregivers of all categories including: family members, administrators, social workers, rehabilitation staff nurses and nurse aides.
The program goals are to improve medical treatment compliance and quality of life within senior care facilities and better transition discharged patients to independent living.
A track is opening specific to nurses with provision of continuing education credits. The series is made up of five, two-hour sessions in small groups.
Topics may include:
- Good Aging, Changes in the Aging Body and Mind
- Assessment of the Cognitively Impaired elderly
- Interventions with the Hostile, Aggressive or Agitated Elderly
- Strategies for the Withdrawn and Non-responsive Elderly
- Approaches to the Mentally Ill Elderly
- Working with Family Members of the Elderly
- How to care for Substance Abusing Elderly
- Managing the Needy or Manipulative Elderly Person
- Communication through the Body-Illness to Somatization
- New Approaches to communicating with the Elderly about Loss
- The Language of Non-Verbal Communication in the Elderly
- OR DEVELOP YOUR OWN TOPIC!
Contact Annette Vaccaro, Program Coordinator for information about participation:
973-629-7808 or Vaccaroaj@aol.com.
This pilot program is currently free-of-charge to participants through the generosity of the Grotta Fund for Senior Care and will be available for a fee following the piloting period. Selection and availability are limited to organizations who meet the grant criteria.
Here’s what people had to say:
-“The training has allowed our upper management and front line staff to work together cooperatively. ”
“the series was not only informative in communicating with the mentally impaired elderly but as a professional helped me to cope with the stress of this work, allowing me to perform my job better
“My instructor was excellent at providing a balance of theory and self-awareness. Although unexpected, I found the course personally stimulating and rewarding as well directly applicable to my work”
“The training was both an education and support”
An administrator: “We often think that it’s all about problem solving. This has shown me that there is more going on…There are a lot of real problems that people face, but what may look like a problem, may be a problem with communicating what the resident wants us to know about him.”