2022 Testimonials

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Dear Ms. Stimson and Ms. Biot-Gordon,

On behalf of American Senior Communities, I would like to endorse the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners.

I have had the pleasure of being both a Certified Dementia Practitioner and Certified Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Trainer for approximately a full decade. In that time, I have used the NCCDP Alzheimer's and Dementia Education curriculum to provide training to hundreds of dementia care team members on behalf of two LTC providers; teaching others to better serve elders living with various forms of dementia with greater efficacy and compassion.

I have found this organization to act consistently with the highest level of professionalism, integrity, and customer service.  Most impressive is your continued involvement in the day to day operations of the organization, Sandra and Lynn, as you continue to assist in the service of those of us offering education in the public and professional sectors, by personally answering emails, and making phone calls to provide assistance and resolve challenges as they occur.

ASC Memory Care remains steadfast in our commitment to utilizing NCCDP products, and we were pleased to add two additional Regional CADDCT’s to our Home Office Memory Care Support team this past December.  We added the additional trainers so that we may better reach more of our care community team members in the service of our elders living with A.D. and related forms of dementia.  We will also be introducing the Support Group leader certification in our Memory Care Weekly Message tomorrow, 3/26/18, that will reach all our ASC Memory Care, Community, and Regional leaders within our company to encourage them to take advantage of this exciting new certification opportunity.

Thank you for the provision of your excellent dementia training curricula, and for your support of our efforts. We look forward to future and long-lasting collaborative efforts as we continue to expand our service energies across the state of Indiana, and potentially, beyond.

Most gratefully and sincerely,

Melanie K. Perry, M.S., CDP, CADDCT
Director of Memory Care Support Services
American Senior Communities 

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Date:  January 5, 2022

Location:  Sparta, NJ (Online)

NCCDP Corporate Trainer Denise Scruggs Vice President Corporate Training

CADDCT Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer Certification Seminar

ADDC Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Seminar

 

“I obtained a lot of information that I had not heard before from the class discussion.  I also learned many tips on conducting the class and timing of the class.  Denise was very helpful in assisting me with all the information that I was hoping to obtain by taking this class as a refresher.”

Robin Walters, CADDCT, CDP, LPN

 

“I learned the different types of dementia and that one size does not fit all.  Knowing the different types of dementia will help me to approach each patient differently.  The plan is to implement what I learned in their daily care/interactions.  The presenter had each individual engaged and participated.  I learned a lot from the other classmates, as well.  I will definitely tell my coworkers about this class and encourage them to take it.”

Diana Burke, CDP, LPN

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Date:  January 25, 2022

Location:  San Francisco, CA (Online)

NCCDP Corporate Trainer David Bahamonde Vice President Corporate Training

CADDCT Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer Certification Seminar

ADDC Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Seminar

 

“Great reminder that everything goes back to our base needs.  Good refresher on that topic.  I also appreciated the details in which activities were discussed – not just items on a calendar of things to do but meaningful and purposeful.  “No” can mean “I can’t” or “don’t understand”.

Andi Walsh, ALM, CTRS

 

Date:  February 1, 2022

Location:  Cleveland, OH (Online)

NCCDP Corporate Trainer Rachelle Blough Vice President Corporate Training

CADDCT Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer Certification Seminar

ADDC Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Seminar

 

“Different techniques and resources to use with staff and residents. Example Dementia friends, CMA Blue zones.  Will help training my staff more about dementia and what we can be doing differently to help our residents.”

Sydney Krieger

 

“I learned some activities to implement and have a better understanding of ADLs/dementia.  I plan to use this knowledge to train staff better.”

Jessica Leach

 

“I learned about many resources available for activities in the memory care unit.  Rachelle was Excellent – engaging, knowledgeable and aware of her audience.”

Debbie Erikson

 

“I learned so much about dementia care at this seminar.  As an Activity Director, I particularly enjoyed the chapter on programming and activities and learned how to better serve my present and future residents.”

Madelyn Niver

 

Date:  February 16, 2022

Location:  Portland, OR (Online)

NCCDP Corporate Trainer Brenda Groves Vice President Corporate Training

CADDCT Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer Certification Seminar

ADDC Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Seminar

 

“I learned how to make your senior living community more like home for the person living with dementia with person-centered care and doing interviews and assessments.”

Sarah Sovcik, CADDCT, CDP, BC-AAP

 

Date:  February 25, 2022

Location:  Tampa, FL (Online)

NCCDP Corporate Trainer Danielle Micale Vice President Corporate Training

CADDCT Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer Certification Seminar

ADDC Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Seminar

 

“One major point for me was a better grasp on using an interdisciplinary approach..both to engage resident care and decrease staff burnout/emotional fatigue.”

Elizabeth Dermond, RN, ADON

 

“I gained tremendous insight into the disease process that results in dementia and the interventions that have been successful in various areas.  The material was extensive and important.  The presenter was passionate and knowledgeable on dementia.  Very comprehensive and worthwhile! I wish I was able to attend in person but Danielle made it personal and connected with everyone!”

Terry Hornikel, CADDCT, CDP, Executive Director

 

Date:  March 8, 2022

Location:  Charlotte, NC (Online)

NCCDP Corporate Trainer Denise Scruggs Vice President Corporate Training

CADDCT Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer Certification Seminar

ADDC Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Seminar

 

“The life story idea was very intriguing and I am looking forward to applying this technique of person-centered care in my practice/career.”

Grace Outhous, CTRS

 

“I will be educating staff at my facility about dementia and this information will assist me in the development of a dementia program.  Outstanding information.”

Michelle Guilford, CADDCT, CDP, MA, CCC-SLP

 

“I learned about a lot of good resources to utilize to come up with new ideas/tips to try for activities and ways to get residents more involved.  It was very insightful.”

Paige O’Brien

 

Date:  March 12, 2022

Location:  Private Seminar (Online)

NCCDP Corporate Trainer Denise Scruggs Vice President Corporate Training

CADDCT Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer Certification Seminar

ADDC Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Seminar

 

“I learned many different things while taking this course that have increased my awareness when working with patients.  One is increasing awareness with out of sight and out of mind.  Making sure all items of the task are in view.  I also increased my awareness with looking at the bigger picture, medications, pain, vision and what other factors are increasing patient difficulties.  Loved everything about this seminar – Denise was great – very engaging the entire time!”

Megan Mckenna, OTR/L

 

“I learned more about the importance of repetition, visualization and the use of signs (picture and/or written reminders).  I also learned more about how person-centered care is effective for patients despite cognitive/memory deficits (examples of relating to a patient’s prior employment and skills to increase a patient’s participation via use of long-term memory and doing activities that the patient finds valuable).  I will apply knowledge that I learned to my practice/career as a physical therapist in a home care clinical setting.”

Kimberley Smith, DPT

 

“Communication strategies and methods to de-escalate in late stage dementia that were covered in this course will be helpful for my patients in memory care.”

Daniel Katz, DPT

 

“Everything was great – most especially Denise, who was genuine, interested and informative in such a gentle approachable manner.”

Elizabeth Peyton, OTR/L

 

“I learned much more than I already knew about the large variety of ways that dementia affects both my patients and their families.  I learned techniques for managing some of my patient’s behaviors, as well as techniques for communication with my patients, which I find to be the most valuable.”

Michelle Cordovi, PT

 

“I learned a substantial amount of activities that can assist with my career as a speech pathologist to assist with behaviors, nutrition, participation, communication, and so much more.  I also learned about different types of dementia, caregiver education suggestions, correct professionals that assist with each issue and resources for caregivers.”

Tia Mancini, CDP, ASHA, CCC-SLP

 

“This seminar enhanced my library of interventions while working with individuals with Dementia.  Through implementation of the specific strategies provided throughout this course, I will feel much more confident treating individuals with all stages of Dementia.  More specifically, I’m looking forward to implementing the interventions provided while discussing dressing, bathing, etc.”

Madison Ochs, CDP, OT

 

Date:  March 23, 2022

Location:  Seattle, WA (Online)

NCCDP Corporate Trainer Brenda Groves Vice President Corporate Training

CADDCT Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer Certification Seminar

ADDC Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Seminar

 

“A better understanding of depression and it’s relation to Dementia and Alzheimer’s.  I will have a better understanding of s/s of depression and can educate my team on what to look for.”

Lauren Weiss

 

“The volume of information presented was great.  Really helps to remember to keep everything patient oriented.  I plan on using this information and new perception to work with our clients and therapists/assistants to further their knowledge and ability to better communicate with our dementia patients.”

Gheith Effarah, CADDCT, CDP, COO

 

Date:  March 25, 2022

Location:  Houston, TX (Online)

NCCDP Corporate Trainer Danielle Micale Vice President Corporate Training

CADDCT Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer Certification Seminar

ADDC Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Seminar

 

“Most of it was a refresher, but I learned about some of the behaviors that might be exhibited when a client is in pain.  I also learned we need an elopement policy in place.  Everything was excellent.”

Amanda Metz, PCA

 

“I learned about the dementia community and how that environment has so many positives when talking about overall quality of life for those with dementia.  The course content is great and flows nice.  Being able to engage with a class in person would make it a better experience.”

Jenna Queen, CADDCT, CDP

 

Date:  March 26, 2022

Location:  Private (Online)

NCCDP Corporate Trainer Brenda Groves Vice President Corporate Training

CADDCT Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer Certification Seminar

ADDC Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Seminar

 

“That the client’s concern or feelings need to be validated, not dismissed.  Address the situation and let them know they were heard and you are willing to help.  The seminar was very informative and she went over the areas of care most significant to our mission along with other areas.”

Robbie Barton

 

“There was a lot of information that was beneficial.  The phases/stages and many of the interventions and things to avoid were good.”

Rachael Hunton

 

Date:  March 29, 2022

Location:  Tarrytown, NY (Online)

NCCDP Corporate Trainer David Bahamonde Vice President Corporate Training

CADDCT Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer Certification Seminar

ADDC Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Seminar

 

“I liked that it was very well organized for ease of both teaching and learning.”

Kelly Treisch, CADDCT, CDP, RN

 

“One of the most important parts of this seminar was the portion about communication. I will be keeping the term “humanitude” in mind as I interact with each of my residents.  It’s also something I’m excited to share with the other team members.  Additionally, I really appreciated the serious tone and emphasis that David placed on the dangers of elopement in memory care.  It was great!”

Caroline Velten

 

“This course was very helpful in defining ways that I can assist my clients and their families cope with dementia and the many complicated situations and behaviors that arise from the disease.  I was a CNA for 18 years and held various positions in skilled nursing and wish that I has access to this course as a CNA.”

Alyssa Cohen, CDP, CNA, CSA

 

“I loved the practical knowledge of action steps for different behaviors and situations.  Also how to prepare and prevent an elopement.  I have many dementia clients and will definitely use this information for them and to teach their families.”

Monique York, RN

 

Date:  April 6, 2022

Location:  Boston, MA (Online)

NCCDP Corporate Trainer David Bahamonde Vice President Corporate Training

CADDCT Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer Certification Seminar

ADDC Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Seminar

 

“Most of it was a refresher for me, but I did learn some statistics that were very shocking to me. David was a great trainer and provided meaningful insight.”

Aja Constant, CDP, Case Manager

 

“I learned a lot of new interventions and I gained a lot of knowledge on the progression of Dementias and the different types of Dementia.”

Taylor Welch, CADDCT, CDP

 

“The information on elopement – why it happens, what to do and how to prevent it – will be information that I can share with my clients’ families.  Overall the presentation was excellent and informative.”

Kathleen Sheehan, CDP, RN

 

Date:  April 12, 2022

Location:  Chicago, IL (Online)

NCCDP Corporate Trainer Rachelle Blough Vice President Corporate Training

CADDCT Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer Certification Seminar

ADDC Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Seminar

 

“I loved learning about how we can incorporate Maslow’s hierarchy of needs with our dementia residents while still giving them dignity and the best quality of life.  I will be holding an in-service with my staff on this subject.”

Colby Box, CDP, LPN

 

“The DSM-S classifies dementia as a neurocognitive disorder and the symptoms.  I can use this to better educate, help identify and help families cope and come to terms with their experience.”

Taylor Pinkerton

 

“I could not possibly list all that I learned in this seminar.  One favorite was learning about FAST scale and the SAGE scale – these will be very useful in my practice.”

Lisa Kirke, CDP, RN

 

“I learned a lot of different resources and different people who are doing work in this area for this population.  I plan to utilize the different resources and directly integrate them with the clients I work with as an OT.”

Alexandra Wagner, CDP, PhD, OTR/L

 

“I am an Executive Director at my first community with a dementia care unit. I was hoping for lots of resources and this seminar didn’t disappoint and gave me a ton of resources! I am very excited to start some research to better myself as well as my team! Thank you!”

Angela Anderson, CDP

 

Date:  April 20, 2022

Location:  Providence, RI (Online)

NCCDP Corporate Trainer Brenda Groves Vice President Corporate Training

CADDCT Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer Certification Seminar

ADDC Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Seminar

 

“I learned how to become an instructor. I was pleased with the great resources, books, materials, and flash drive provided. Brenda did a fantastic job – she was thorough and gave examples throughout the seminar that we could relate to and clearly understand.”

Maria Cianciolo, CADDCT, CDP

 

“The activity calendars are very helpful, but what is most helpful is tips for behaviors of all types.”

Angela Ouillette, CDP, ADC, OTR

 

Date:  April 27, 2022

Location:  Los Angeles, CA (Online)

NCCDP Corporate Trainer David Bahamonde Vice President Corporate Training

CADDCT Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer Certification Seminar

ADDC Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Seminar

 

“This was a fantastic discussion of dementia and how it relates to the overall ways to work with both caregivers and people living with dementia.  I will be providing the ADDC course.  My goal is to provide education primarily to rehab therapists to allow them to provide better care to dementia patients. This course will be a great asset to them!  David was absolutely wonderful as a presenter!  He engaged us and held a very interactive class.”

Virginia Cooper, CADDCT, CDP, ACHA, CCC-SLP

 

“The seminar was amazing! Thank you! As an RCFE, I was thrilled to have acquired new depths of understanding, especially in the areas of elopement & activities. I appreciated the detail and color that David masterfully tucked into every chapter discussion via personal stories and professional insights.  In particular, I look forward to revamping the Activities Department to promote the “culture change” model at personalized care.”

Jeanie Brown, RCFE

 

Date:  April 29, 2022

Location:  Philadelphia, PA (Online)

NCCDP Corporate Trainer Danielle Micale Vice President Corporate Training

CADDCT Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer Certification Seminar

ADDC Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Seminar

 

“Interested to learn of Hogeweyk in Netherlands and their response to treatment and care of persons with neurocognitive disorders.  I will use to create local communities on strategies/benefits and to raise awareness.  Kudos on comments regarding sexuality.  The seminar was very professionally done.  Presenter was great at keeping interest and making learning pleasurable.  The content was organized and easily able to digest.”

Terry Spencer, CDP, LCSW, LMBT

 

“Danielle did an excellent job presenting the material.  I like that she provided a personal experience regarding Alzheimer’s disease that was touching and the fact she engaged the group and encouraged them to speak about what they are doing in their communities.”

Mary Ann Parisse, CADDCT, CDP, LPN

 

“Great perspective from a variety of backgrounds. I loved the Q & A and insight format.  It was very collaborative.  Online is not fun, but Danielle made the absolute best of it.”

Kelli King-Penner, CADDCT, CDP

 

“I’ll be able to offer a more concise description of dementia and discuss treatments, ideas for environmental changes and provide more in-depth suggestions with end of life care & family.”

Catherine Dionne, CADDCT, CDP, CMDCP, ADC, LSWA

 

Date:  May 3, 2022

Location:  Minneapolis, MN (Online)

NCCDP Corporate Trainer Rachelle Blough Vice President Corporate Training

CADDCT Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer Certification Seminar

ADDC Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Seminar

 

“Rachelle did a great job preparing me with tools to effectively instruct this course.  I really appreciate all of her input and tools she shared.”

Devon Skunta-Helmink, CADDCT, CDP

 

“Rachelle and participants amplified the materials with real life examples.  I learned something new in each chapter. Great training!”

Heather Borrelli, CADDCT, CDP

 

“Always great to do a refresher especially after COVID years.  And each trainer and each group brings something special!  The positive of zoom is meeting people all over the country!”

Kim Kohler, CADDCT, CDP, CMDCP, R-DMT

 

“I learned additional ways to support families in their homes with loved ones who have dementia by ways to interact with each other and websites to support remaining in the home.  I also learned that knowing (and remembering) at least 10 things about the person living with dementia can change how your interaction goes.”

Ann Hartlaub, CDP

 

“Most significantly, I learned how to interact at the emotional level with dementia residents.  Meeting them wherever they are and allowing them to feel dignified wherever “that” is.”

Mary Singer, CDP, CSA

 

Date:  May 29, 2022

Location:  Minneapolis, MN (Online)

NCCDP Corporate Trainer Denise Scruggs Vice President Corporate Training

CADDCT Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer Certification Seminar

ADDC Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Seminar

 

“The seminar was very interactive and involved all participants.  Denise did a wonderful presentation and kept us engaged and learning.”

Venkata Vegivada, CADDCT, CDP

 

“Learned lots of new strategies, techniques and approaches to managing behaviors, hoarding, catastrophic reactions, etc.  I will be able to impart the knowledge gained to train our therapists in better management for Alzheimer’s and Dementia residents.”

Mathew Andrews, CADDCT, CDP, SLP

 

Date:  June 10, 2022

Location:  Charleston, SC (Online)

NCCDP Corporate Trainer Danielle Micale Vice President Corporate Training

CADDCT Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer Certification Seminar

ADDC Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Seminar

 

“I received by CDP years ago, however this time I learned great ways to teach the content as an instructor.  The length was long, however, Danielle did a great job keeping everyone engaged.”

Stacey Bergmann, CADDCT, CDP

 

“Danielle was a wonderful presenter! She was captivating, raw and full of emotion.  I will incorporate life/work experiences into my presentation as I move forward as a Trainer.”

Hannah MacNeill, CADDCT, CDP

 

“I learned the Pseudo Dementia reversible conditions, different ideas for elopement and prevention and how to apply communication to activities, bathing and eating.  I was very pleased and enjoyed the entire seminar.  Danielle was fantastic – I appreciated her passion to educate and direction.”

Vanessa Gillette Mandich, CDP, RCA

 

Date:  June 22, 2022

Location:  Colorado Springs, CO (Online)

NCCDP Corporate Trainer Brenda Groves Vice President Corporate Training

CADDCT Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer Certification Seminar

ADDC Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Seminar

 

“This time deepened my understanding of different types of Dementia.  It also offers practical ways to train support staff and family in order to bring the highest quality of life to both the resident and loved ones.  The resources provide a pathway for continued learning.  I’ll incorporate the caring model daily in example coaching as well as formal learning.”

Teri Jacobson, CADDCT, CDP

 

Date:  June 23, 2022

Location:  Cincinnati, OH (Online)

NCCDP Corporate Trainer Denise Scruggs Vice President Corporate Training

CADDCT Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer Certification Seminar

ADDC Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Seminar

 

“I learned detailed information about the symptoms, causes, medications and beneficial activities for Alzheimer’s, dementia and other related diseases.  I think that the cases, good information from real patients and a lot of resources obtained through this program will be of great help in diagnosing and caring for the elderly patients I will face in a near future.”

In Young Song

 

“One of the main points learned is to meet the dementia patient from their perspective and the importance of maintaining access or retain frame of reference to the important aspects of their lives, like hobbies for instance.  This was an incredible seminar and the speaker brought a lot of energy, as well as leveraged personal experiences with dementia patients to illustrate the importance of compassionate and EBP for these patients.”

Shimbi Takemori, RN

 

“I learned it’s important to keep same routines.  I also learned different scenarios on how to keep residents safe, calm and happy.  Eager to pass along everything that was learned to staff.  Denise was very informative and kept me intrigued all day.”

Dana Brown, CDP, CAN

 

Date:  June 28, 2022

Location:  Spokane, WA (Online)

NCCDP Corporate Trainer Brenda Groves Vice President Corporate Training

CADDCT Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer Certification Seminar

ADDC Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Seminar

 

“Communication & Feelings:  Assessment part (ensuring that myself and the team are asking the right questions to set the new resident/admission up for success.)  Ensuring the team knows all the information about the resident.  Brenda covered all aspects and all was very pleasing.  Brenda explained the material in an understandable and relatable way.”

TaShaffa Davis, ADC

 

“I feel I have a better understanding of the different types of dementia and how they present.  I learned more ways and resources to support.  It was a very comprehensive training, facilitated by a very passionate, knowledgeable presenter.”

Loretta Rotolo, CDP, LCAT

 

“Each chapter was presented so well and the information is great.  I learned that each person is an individual and what works for one person may not work for another. When caring for Dementia patients, make sure to get as much information about their past experiences and routines and continue those in their life.  Brenda is passionate about this material and she did an amazing job.”

Lynne Price, CADDCT, CDP, CMDCP, BSW

 

Date:  July 14, 2022

Location:  Chicago, IL (Online)

NCCDP Corporate Trainer Rachelle Blough Vice President Corporate Training

CADDCT Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer Certification Seminar

ADDC Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Seminar

 

“The training was exceptional.  I learned so much regarding content and presentation.  I saw 3 different teaching styles.  The first one from my initial CDP and from Rachelle and Denise.  Rachelle’s energy is contagious! A lot to take in but presented very well.  Great experience!!”

Stephanie Clower, CADDCT, CDP, RN, NHA

 

Date:  July 19, 2022

Location:  Long Beach, CA (Online)

NCCDP Corporate Trainer Brenda Groves Vice President Corporate Training

CADDCT Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer Certification Seminar

ADDC Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Seminar

 

“The topic of cultural change within the dementia community was interesting as well as the discussion on wandering.  I will teach the concepts to my students.”

Carole Nice, RN

 

“I learned that there are 100+ types of dementia, and the treatment for each one is different.  I will help care for my home health patients with dementia and know the treatment of approach is different for each one.  I can also educate patients’ families better.”

Megan Starcevich, CDP, RN

 

“I will adapt my initial and ongoing assessments of new participants regarding more in depth Hx of the participant’s trauma, behaviors prior to developing dementia preferences.  Will work on getting families to develop an elopement safety plan for in the home.”

Janet Pennell, LCSW

 

Date:  July 28, 2022

Location:  Richmond, VA (Online)

NCCDP Corporate Trainer Denise Scruggs Vice President Corporate Training

CADDCT Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer Certification Seminar

ADDC Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Seminar

 

“I appreciated the emphasis on learning about a person’s background in order to manage behaviors.  I work in a hospital setting where this is not done. I hope to incorporate personal history into my hospital consults as a means of delirium prevention.  Denise was inspiring.  Virtual group was engaged and interactive. I really enjoyed this training.”

Sarah Palleschi, CDP, PA-C

 

“I learned about the differences in dementia, delirium and depression.  I learned about new techniques and ideas to use when working with someone with dementia.  I also learned about the best ways to approach someone who has dementia.”

Laura Courtney, RN

 

“I learned very helpful information on how to make a resident feel more comfortable when it comes to transfer trauma. Some tips are putting a picture of their house on the door, having activities that they are used to doing at home and I can use this in my line of work at a dementia day program by making them feel comfortable for the first time coming to program.  It was great and very informative.”

Amy Smilak

 

“Excellent updated information about Alzheimer’s Disease.  Great references and resources for patients and families.  Denise is an amazing speaker, very knowledgeable and great resource!”

Jean Reynolds, CADDCT, CDP, CSA, BCPA

 

“Denise was well spoken and did a great job of using examples and making the material clear to understand.  I learned a lot about the different types of Dementia and how to present this material to my future classes.”

Diamond Boone, CADDCT, CDP

 

Date:  August 3, 2022

Location:  Omaha, NE (Online)

NCCDP Corporate Trainer Rachelle Blough Vice President Corporate Training

CADDCT Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer Certification Seminar

ADDC Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Seminar

 

“I am excited to utilize the material and resources given to help use with education. I was very pleased. Rachelle was interesting and made you excited to get started.”

Amy Likens, CADDCT, CDP, BSW

 

“Impressed with the presentation in general especially with the sexuality aspect.  Appreciate the references to websites and videos that will be able to further meet our team needs.”

Barbara Simpson, CADDCT, CDP, RN

 

“As the new memory disorder coordinator, the knowledge I gained in this program will help me to be more resourceful and also help me to develop and implement new strategies when caring for dementia patients and families.”

Antoinette Buckham-Charles, RN

 

“Rachelle provided me with a ton of resources, websites and various educational studies and links that will be applicable not only to Home Care staff and families, but will be beneficial to my community and professionals. Rachelle did a wonderful job keeping me engaged and keeping the training moving throughout the day.”

Rebecca Mayorga Gebhart, CADDCT, CDP

 

Date:  August 9, 2022

Location:  New York, NY (Online)

NCCDP Corporate Trainer Brenda Groves Vice President Corporate Training

CADDCT Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer Certification Seminar

ADDC Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Seminar

 

“This was my first dementia course – I learned a lot of new things that I can take back to the staff who work at DuBois Nursing Home. I learned different “behaviors/stages” of different types of dementia; that it’s important to train family members on how to visit to benefit them and their cognitively impaired loved ones; learned that there is such a thing as “trigger tracking” to determine what might cause anxiety behaviors and how those can be avoided.”

Brittney Sallack

 

“I really enjoyed Brenda’s presentation style and all the real world examples.  I learned how important screening and initial assessments are in setting our residents and staff up for success, as well as some best practices.  I hope to implement what I learned in the planning and opening of our SNALR.”

Ashley Petito, LCSW

 

“I learned more about the non-reversible types of dementia – my students love this topic so I am excited to have a better understanding. Interventions for wandering and aggressive behaviors are important within our hospital setting – so learning more about this today will translate directly to our patient care.”

Holly McGran, MSN, RN, AGPCNP-C

 

Date:  August 11, 2022

Location:  San Diego, CA (Online)

NCCDP Corporate Trainer Denise Scruggs Vice President Corporate Training

CADDCT Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer Certification Seminar

ADDC Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Seminar

 

“Denise shared adaptive technology and tools that I could incorporate into my new work facility.  For example, she mentioned a “Throne light” that can be used in resident bathrooms for safety and security.  I found everything in the seminar to be informative and useful.”

Noemi Luvianos, CTRS

 

“I learned more about the stages of dementia and the background of the disease.  I believe it will help me have a better relationship with my residents and family members.”

Ally Martinez, Administrator

 

Date:  August 17-18, 2022

Location:  Beacon Institute (Online)

NCCDP Corporate Trainer Danielle Micale Vice President Corporate Training

CADDCT Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer Certification Seminar

ADDC Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Seminar

 

“Most information presented was a refresher, however, the examples provided that were based on professional experience were very insightful.  There was valuable discussion regarding activity ideas, communication strategies and ways to engage caregivers.”

Rachel Pernice, CADDCT, CDP

 

“I have a better understanding of behaviors and more of what may be causing them.  Also more on ways of communication.”

Terry Hanson, CADDCT, CDP, BS, ADC

 

“Validation and language really stood out to me and how important both of those are in providing care to people with Alzheimer’s and dementia.  Want to implement more life skills stations into programming.  Enjoyed the entirety of the seminar.  Would have preferred an in-person training, but virtual was enjoyable, engaging and interactive.”

Michelle Russo, CADDCT, CDP

 

“I learned that dementia does not always mean memory loss.  The work dementia is a word to describe a group of symptoms.  It is a general term, and that Alzheimer’s is the most expensive disease in America.  Providing continued education in these matters for many healthcare professionals will allow others to understand the condition much better than ignoring it, which can cause misjudgment for many senior adults.  I very much enjoyed all aspects of the seminar and the information provided.”

Josephine Ogbenna

 

Date:  August 23, 2022

Location:  Charlotte, NC (Online)

NCCDP Corporate Trainer Brenda Groves Vice President Corporate Training

CADDCT Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer Certification Seminar

ADDC Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Seminar

 

“The initial assessment of vulnerable elders is extremely helpful to ensure you obtain a thorough account of their history and morning/night routines to be able to provide person centered care – humanitude.”

Denise Bergman, CSA, SLP

 

“I found the section pertaining to communication to be very helpful and I can use this in my interactions with clients and their families.”

Renee Allison-Riley, CSA

 

“I especially enjoyed the topic of meal times, bath times and hobbies and the examples of items to hang in cafeteria and bathroom and creating an area for their hobbies.  I plan to conduct the personal interviews with my residents’ families – so I can implement the activities that are listed in the notebook to help my residents feel safe.  Every topic was covered, explained in detail and gave good details and lots of examples that I can apply at work.  I am also going to share with my staff ways to speak and using mild tones and to come to me when they need a break, too.  I will share with my employees ways to learn about their residents and develop an accurate care plan that will better meet their needs.”

Rebecca Childers, ALA

"Don't just meet the minimum state regulations regarding dementia education...exceed them!"

Lynn Biot Gordon, LCSW CDP CADDCT CFRDT CMDCP, Chief Operations Officer NCCDP

Sandra Stimson, CADDCT CALA, ADC, CDP, CDCM, Chief Executive Officer NCCDP