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Prepare to Care – Iowa’s Direct Care and Support Curriculum is a comprehensive, cross-discipline training package that prepares people to work in a variety of direct care settings. Gain an introduction and foundational knowledge to the direct care worker profession. The following topics will be included: professionalism, person-centered approach, communication and interpersonal skills, infection control, mobility assistance and worker safety, and documentation. Discuss roles, responsibilities, eligibility, registration, certification, and continuing education requirements of a direct care professional. This course is a required pre-requisite for other Prepare to Care courses and advanced training certifications.

Start date: 04/04/17

End date: 04/06/17

Tuition: $36.00



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Prepare to Care – Iowa’s Direct Care and Support Curriculum is a comprehensive, cross-discipline training package that prepares people to work in a variety of direct care settings. Gain an introduction and foundational knowledge to the direct care worker profession. The following topics will be included: professionalism, person-centered approach, communication and interpersonal skills, infection control, mobility assistance and worker safety, and documentation. Discuss roles, responsibilities, eligibility, registration, certification, and continuing education requirements of a direct care professional. This course is a required pre-requisite for other Prepare to Care courses and advanced training certifications.

Start date: 05/02/17

End date: 05/04/17

Tuition: $36.00



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Help individuals enhance or maintain their independence by accessing community supports and services, and achieve personal goals. In this training you will discuss: home and community living, building and maintaining friendships and relationships, cultural competence, abilities and disabilities across the life span, behavioral support and intervention, and support plans and services. Understand the principles of home and community-based living as well as the best practices as it relates to providing these services. Finally, learn more about individualized support plans and their relationship and importance to outcome based philosophy, as well as the purpose, principles, and regulatory requirements of documentation.

Start date: 04/06/17

End date: 04/18/17

Tuition: $78.00



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Help individuals enhance or maintain their independence by accessing community supports and services, and achieve personal goals. In this training you will discuss: home and community living, building and maintaining friendships and relationships, cultural competence, abilities and disabilities across the life span, behavioral support and intervention, and support plans and services. Understand the principles of home and community-based living as well as the best practices as it relates to providing these services. Finally, learn more about individualized support plans and their relationship and importance to outcome based philosophy, as well as the purpose, principles, and regulatory requirements of documentation.

Start date: 05/04/17

End date: 05/16/17

Tuition: $78.00



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Learn how to assist individuals with daily living tasks to function independently in a home or community setting. This training module will review: safety of the person served, laundry support, light housekeeping and home safety, providing nutritional support, financial management, and emergency preparedness. Learn about safe practices and your role in preventing the spread of infections in your work environment.

Start date: 04/18/17

End date: 04/27/17

Tuition: $66.00



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Learn how to assist individuals with daily living tasks to function independently in a home or community setting. This training module will review: safety of the person served, laundry support, light housekeeping and home safety, providing nutritional support, financial management, and emergency preparedness. Learn about safe practices and your role in preventing the spread of infections in your work environment.

Start date: 05/16/17

End date: 05/25/17

Tuition: $66.00



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Learn how to provide support to individuals as they perform personal care activities of daily living. You will review the following: person-centered support across the lifespan, developing community partners, communicating effectively with persons served, teaching and learning, behavioral support and intervention, and individualized support plans and services. You will learn about the principles and application of positive behavior support and crisis prevention and intervention and resolution techniques for specific circumstances and individuals. Lastly, understand the role of the support team to identify wants, needs, and progress of the person being served and the purpose, principle, and regulatory requirements of documentation.

Start date: 04/27/17

End date: 05/04/17

Tuition: $60.00



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Learn how to provide support to individuals as they perform personal care activities of daily living. You will review the following: person-centered support across the lifespan, developing community partners, communicating effectively with persons served, teaching and learning, behavioral support and intervention, and individualized support plans and services. You will learn about the principles and application of positive behavior support and crisis prevention and intervention and resolution techniques for specific circumstances and individuals. Lastly, understand the role of the support team to identify wants, needs, and progress of the person being served and the purpose, principle, and regulatory requirements of documentation.

Start date: 05/25/17

End date: 06/01/17

Tuition: $60.00



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As baby boomers age, the 21st century workforce is challenged to care for an exponentially growing population of persons with dementia. This course provides essential knowledge and understanding about neurological diseases that affect cognition and memory, and practical application of effective skills for supporting persons with dementia. Nearly all disciplines benefit from expertise in dementia care specialists, as do families of persons with dementia. Come away with increased knowledge in how to care for persons with dementia. Expertise in this growing area of human services also enhances your resume. Agenda Unit 1 An Introduction to Cognition and Aging -Normal Cognition & Aging -Cognitive Fitness -Myths about Memory Loss Unit 2 Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders -Alzheimer’s Disease -“Pigs Disease?” - the Related Disorders -Younger Onset AD -Mixed Dementia Unit 3 Stages of Progressive Memory Loss -Assessment Tools -Reisberg Scales Unit 4 Family Caregivers: Issues and Action Steps -The Evolving Caregiver -Avoiding Role Reversal -Finance and Legal Issues -Special Issues: Driving, Household Management & Wandering -Red Flag Issues -Respite Unit 5 Options in Care -Community Services -When is more care needed? -LTC options Unit 6 Managing Moderate Dementia -Treating Symptoms -Changes in Communication -Psychological Issues: Emotions, Hallucinations & Delusions -Common Behavioral Manifestations -Total Engagement: Arts-based Interventions for Wellness -Humor and a Lighthearted Perspective Unit 7 Caring for People with Moderate to Severe Dementia -Anticipating and Assisting with Personal care needs -Hygiene Issues -Engagement in Living -Critical Care: Pain Management, Challenging Behaviors, and Safety Issues -Wellness through Person Centered Care Unit 8 With Love and Compassion: End of Life Issues -True Options: Advance Directives -Palliative Care and Hospice -Nutrition, Ambulation and End Stage NeedsRequirementsInternet connection ,IE8 or higher, Chrome, FireFox and access to Adobe Flash Player

Start date: 02/06/17

End date: 03/31/17

Tuition: $495.00

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As baby boomers age, the 21st century workforce is challenged to care for an exponentially growing population of persons with dementia. This course provides essential knowledge and understanding about neurological diseases that affect cognition and memory, and practical application of effective skills for supporting persons with dementia. Nearly all disciplines benefit from expertise in dementia care specialists, as do families of persons with dementia. Come away with increased knowledge in how to care for persons with dementia. Expertise in this growing area of human services also enhances your resume. Agenda Unit 1 An Introduction to Cognition and Aging -Normal Cognition & Aging -Cognitive Fitness -Myths about Memory Loss Unit 2 Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders -Alzheimer’s Disease -“Pigs Disease?” - the Related Disorders -Younger Onset AD -Mixed Dementia Unit 3 Stages of Progressive Memory Loss -Assessment Tools -Reisberg Scales Unit 4 Family Caregivers: Issues and Action Steps -The Evolving Caregiver -Avoiding Role Reversal -Finance and Legal Issues -Special Issues: Driving, Household Management & Wandering -Red Flag Issues -Respite Unit 5 Options in Care -Community Services -When is more care needed? -LTC options Unit 6 Managing Moderate Dementia -Treating Symptoms -Changes in Communication -Psychological Issues: Emotions, Hallucinations & Delusions -Common Behavioral Manifestations -Total Engagement: Arts-based Interventions for Wellness -Humor and a Lighthearted Perspective Unit 7 Caring for People with Moderate to Severe Dementia -Anticipating and Assisting with Personal care needs -Hygiene Issues -Engagement in Living -Critical Care: Pain Management, Challenging Behaviors, and Safety Issues -Wellness through Person Centered Care Unit 8 With Love and Compassion: End of Life Issues -True Options: Advance Directives -Palliative Care and Hospice -Nutrition, Ambulation and End Stage NeedsRequirementsInternet connection ,IE8 or higher, Chrome, FireFox and access to Adobe Flash Player

Start date: 04/03/17

End date: 05/26/17

Tuition: $495.00



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As baby boomers age, the 21st century workforce is challenged to care for an exponentially growing population of persons with dementia. This course provides essential knowledge and understanding about neurological diseases that affect cognition and memory, and practical application of effective skills for supporting persons with dementia. Nearly all disciplines benefit from expertise in dementia care specialists, as do families of persons with dementia. Come away with increased knowledge in how to care for persons with dementia. Expertise in this growing area of human services also enhances your resume. Agenda Unit 1 An Introduction to Cognition and Aging -Normal Cognition & Aging -Cognitive Fitness -Myths about Memory Loss Unit 2 Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders -Alzheimer’s Disease -“Pigs Disease?” - the Related Disorders -Younger Onset AD -Mixed Dementia Unit 3 Stages of Progressive Memory Loss -Assessment Tools -Reisberg Scales Unit 4 Family Caregivers: Issues and Action Steps -The Evolving Caregiver -Avoiding Role Reversal -Finance and Legal Issues -Special Issues: Driving, Household Management & Wandering -Red Flag Issues -Respite Unit 5 Options in Care -Community Services -When is more care needed? -LTC options Unit 6 Managing Moderate Dementia -Treating Symptoms -Changes in Communication -Psychological Issues: Emotions, Hallucinations & Delusions -Common Behavioral Manifestations -Total Engagement: Arts-based Interventions for Wellness -Humor and a Lighthearted Perspective Unit 7 Caring for People with Moderate to Severe Dementia -Anticipating and Assisting with Personal care needs -Hygiene Issues -Engagement in Living -Critical Care: Pain Management, Challenging Behaviors, and Safety Issues -Wellness through Person Centered Care Unit 8 With Love and Compassion: End of Life Issues -True Options: Advance Directives -Palliative Care and Hospice -Nutrition, Ambulation and End Stage NeedsRequirementsInternet connection ,IE8 or higher, Chrome, FireFox and access to Adobe Flash Player

Start date: 06/05/17

End date: 07/28/17

Tuition: $495.00



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