In addition to hundreds of individual learning modules and learning paths, our Caregivers are given the opportunity to receive Specialty Certifications that have been designed and approved by experts in each field. The Health Educator on our Advisory Committee has recommended these certifications for Caregivers working in disease-specific care situations.
Specialty certifications include:
Alzheimer’s Disease Specialist Training
(Alzheimer’s Association Approved)
This certification program was specifically designed with and approved by the Alzheimer’s Association after meeting their rigorous standards. Courses included in this certification program cover Alzheimer’s and Dementia-specific skills related to communication tactics, activities, creating a safe environment, preventing elopement, and reducing and preventing readmissions in the hospital.
Our Certified Behavioral Health Specialists have received training on Mental Illness and specific diseases like Depression, PTSD, Hoarding Disorder and Substance Abuse. They also receive specific training on working with combative individuals.
This certification program is excellent when a Caregiver is entering a precarious family dynamic, where family members may have differing opinions, or the care recipient it particularly resistant to care.
Cooking for Chronic Conditions
This certification program covers disease-specific information for Cardiovascular Disease, Alzheimer’s and Dementia, Celiac Disease, and Diabetes. It also covers food allergies, commonly-prescribed diets, food and kitchen safety, and even a course on feeding patients who can’t feed themselves.
Our Diabetes Specialist Certification includes 7 hours of training on such topics as Understanding Blood Sugar, Nutrition for Diabetics, Understanding Diabetes, and Wound Education.
An infection control specialist has completed 8 hours of training covering specific topics related to infection control, including Coronavirus-specific training. Training also covers standard precautions, infection control, and other disease-specific training for Flu, Tuberculosis, and bloodborne pathogens.
This certification program covers some uncomfortable topics that families dealing with end-of-life care will need to prepare for. Grief, communicating about death, maintaining dignity, and pain management are just a few of the topics covered by this certification.
This certification program identifies conditions that are most at-risk for readmissions, and gives Caregivers tools and training to put them in a position to reduce readmissions. Topics include multiple heart and lung conditions, diabetes, and mental illness. Also included is a course specific to recognizing and reporting abnormal observations, and working with non-compliant individuals.
Families who are looking for short term care after an injury, surgery or other procedure will want a Restorative Care Specialist who has been trained in ways to help their clients recover. While this is not a medical certification, these Caregivers have been trained in range of motion, assistive devices, understanding stroke, and helping clients recover from orthopedic surgery. These trainings will allow these caregivers to understand how your loved one and their medical team work together to provide care, and to give your loved one support as they work their way through the recovery process.
In all, we currently offer 13 certification programs, and work is being done to increase and improve these programs all the time.