"Don't just meet the minimum state regulations regarding dementia education...exceed them!"
Sandra Stimson, CALA, ADC, AC-BC, CDP
National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners is open to all health care professionals, front line staff and First Responders who qualify for CDP certification and are interested in learning comprehensive dementia education, who value dementia education, who are committed to ending abuse and neglect and who value Certified Dementia Practitioner CDP certification.
The Council was formed to promote standards of excellence in dementia and Alzheimer's education to professionals and other caregivers who provide services to dementia clients. As the number of dementia cases continues to increase nationally and worldwide, there is a great necessity to insure that care givers are well trained to provide appropriate, competent, and sensitive direct care and support for the dementia patient.
The National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners®, LLC was formed in 2001 by a group of professionals with varying work and personal experiences in the field of dementia care. Their backgrounds include Nurses, Regional Managers, Nursing Assistants, Consultants, Geriatric Care Managers, Psychiatry, Dementia Unit Managers, Alzheimer's and related Dementia Care Specialist, Alzheimer's Educators, Dementia Educators, Activity Professionals, Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, Licensed / Certified Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Speech Therapists, Dietitians, Pharmacists, Alzheimer's Care Specialist, Long Term Care Administration, Support Group Leaders, Administrators, Owners, Elder Law Attorney's and Home Care Administration.
These talented and experienced individuals cover the broad spectrum of the health care industry and bring valuable life and professional experiences from Adult Day Care Centers, Assisted Living Facilities, Nursing Homes, Hospice Agencies, Home Care Agencies, Independent Living Facilities, CCRC, Retirement Living, Senior Apartments, Senior Centers, Hospitals as well as professional boards and non profit associations such as the Alzheimer's Association. The Council was formed to promote standards of excellence in dementia and Alzheimer's education to health care professionals, front line staff, caregivers, volunteers and First Responder's who provide services to dementia clients.
As the number of dementia cases continues to increase nationally and worldwide, there is a great necessity to insure that care givers, front line staff, health care professionals and First Responders are well trained to provide appropriate, competent, sensitive direct care and support for the dementia patient.
Across the United States of America, the regulations are different from state to state for Alzheimer's Units, Dementia Units, Memory Centers and Special Care Units. Some have extensive regulations for Nursing Homes and Assisted Living while other states may have no regulations. State regulations governing Nursing Homes, Assisted Living, Adult Day Care are also different in each state for the requirements for Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Education. Some states have no requirements, some are vague, others require just two hours of education while other's are extensive. The Goal of the NCCDP is to promote national standards for comprehensive and extensive Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Education.
The NCCDP, LLC established in 2003 the Train the Trainer class for the In-service Director or Educator who completed the class to become NCCDP Certified Alzheimer's Dementia Trainer / Instructor who will utilize the NCCDP comprehensive Alzheimer's dementia curriculum. These trainers believe in the value of live training and the impact training has on staff that will decrease incidences of abuse and neglect. The Train the Trainer seminars are offered nationwide. "We did the best we could with what we knew, when we knew better - we did better." Maya Angelou
Some states have very specific guidelines and regulations for Alzheimer's Unit Mangers or Dementia Unit Managers. Other states are vague or have no guidelines or regulations at all. The regulations are different for Nursing Homes (SNF) and Assisted Living.
Dementia Unit Managers report receiving little training for this very important job and responsibility. Every company who has this job position also has their own unique set of guidelines for the Dementia Unit Manager. Some have very involved and lenghty training while others offer no training at all. The NCCDP established the Certification for Dementia Unit Managers called Certified Dementia Care Manager CDCM to establish specific guidelines and recommendations for the Dementia Unit Manager.
First Responders Trainers: Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters, EMT, Emergency Prepardness. The NCCDP in response to request for specific Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia training geared specifically for First Responders developed a specialized program. Upon completion of the First Responder Train the Trainer program the First Responder Trainer will be awarded the designatiion of Certified First Responder Dementia Trainer™ CFRDT™.
Certified First Responder Dementia Training program endorsed by TJA Non Violent Self Protection Training and Certification.