- April 4, 2020
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or other related dementias offers unique challenges in the home health care setting. Join the experts from C&V Senior Care for this best-practices training approach to Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
We are excited to offer our members this multi-part online Alzheimer’s education program for compliance with the state’s newly adopted law on dementia training for direct care staff in residential facilities and community-based settings.
This online education program was developed for the members of the Home Care, Hospice & Palliative Care Alliance of New Hampshire. Please contact the Alliance for information on how you and your agency can join!
Registered Alliance members will receive the link and password for the program on Feb 1, 2020. To have your agency participate, register using the link above.
This online learning platform was developed to work with your existing program
What to Expect
This education training format is a departure from the way the Alliance has traditionally offered recorded webinars.
The Dementia Education training modules are housed on a stand-alone website. All of the Alliance’s members, and their staff, will have unlimited access to it. The site is extremely mobile-friendly. The modules and evaluations can be accessed from any device with a browser and WiFi. Participants can access them, the handouts and the accompanying quizzes, from anywhere.
If an agency prefers to use the recorded webinars and support materials as part of their in-person workshop that works too! Our goal is to have this work seamlessly with however you normally offer continuing education.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How many can I register?
Your agency only has to register once. We will use that person/e-mail address as our contact regarding the use of the modules and quiz results etc. The agency only needs to sign-up one person but can offer two other contacts if desired. Those contacts will receive updates on what the agency staff has completed. Information can be distributed more frequently, but will only be sent to the agency contact on file. Should you need additional reports, please email email@example.com.
How much is it?
There is no cost to member agencies. All employees of the agency can use the site and have access to all the modules as long as the agency is a member in good standing, and is registered. There will be a password for the site, but there will not be individual user names or a need to log into anything.
How many employees and volunteers can use the modules?
There is no limit on the number of people accessing the modules. At the end of each module, the viewer will need to complete an online evaluation survey for their participation to be recorded. Alternatively, the agency may hand them the printable evaluation, score them, and keep them for their own records.
We cannot report participant “views” of the webinar or report scores on any printed evaluations. Only those who have completed the online quizzes will be reported back to the agency. The agency staff contact on file for this program will be given printable CEU certificates as well as separate quizzes and answer keys.
Who is supposed to take this?
The provision of who must be trained can be found in SB 255 151:48, Initial and Continuing Training in Dementia Required. It requires facilities and programs to provide initial training to all employed staff members hired on or after February 1, 2020, to complete initial training within 90 days of the commencement of employment, and all previously employed staff members, who have not received equivalent training; will need to complete it within 6 months.
According to the Medicare Conditions of Participation, Hospice volunteers with direct contact with patients must be trained as employees. Most likely you will follow the direct care track, use modules 1-5 and 7. (number 6 is for clinicians).
Do office staff and volunteers have to do this training?
The bill does stipulate that “other covered staff members be trained in dementia care.
- “Other covered staff member” – staff (or volunteers) who have incidental contact on a recurring basis with clients – should do Module 8
- “Ancillary staff” — “an employee (or volunteer) who has neither incidental contact on a recurring basis with clients nor has supervisory responsibility for covered direct services staff” is exempt from the training. So if your volunteers just work in the office and they aren’t in contact with clients, they do not require any training.
- FYI, the law does not define “incidental contact.” It’s your judgment call.
How often will this need to be done?
The entire description is under section 151:50, Continuing Education. It calls for at least 6 hours of initial continuing education for covered administrative staff members and covered direct service staff members and at least 4 hours of ongoing training each calendar year. Such continuing education shall include new information on best practices in the treatment and care of persons with dementia.
Our agency already offers a few hours of this type of training, we won’t need all the modules. Do we have to add this?
You are not under any obligation to use any specific training to meet the state’s new requirements. Use the education format that works best for your agency. That said, the state is requiring that dementia training meets certain criteria. The Alliance has developed a worksheet for employees to track their individual progress in regard to the state’s dementia training requirement.
Again, you are not required to use this tracking sheet, it is simply an editable tool.
What if the employee switches employers?
While not cited in the Senate version of the bill, New Hampshire’s Department of Health and Human Services has assured us the CEU certificates will follow the employee.