Why Certifying your Employees as Certified Dementia Practitioners can have a Huge Impact

Worldwide, dementia is the number one diagnosis in older adults. It is important that all healthcare professionals and frontline staff are offered the opportunity to complete a comprehensive dementia education program and receive certification as a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP). This comprehensive education and CDP certification provide healthcare professionals with the tools to provide compassionate and knowledgeable care to the most vulnerable.

CDP Training

Certified Dementia Practitioner Training Topics

The CDP certification covers the following topics:

  • Overview of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
  • Wandering and hoarding, communication, feelings
  • Challenging and aggressive behaviors
  • Depression and delirium
  • Staff and family support
  • Cultural diversity, therapeutic recreation
  • Sexuality and end-of-life concerns
  • Therapeutic activities and much more

CDP Training Promotes Compassionate Dementia Care

Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) training is the heart of senior care because it equips caregivers with the knowledge and skills to provide compassionate and effective care for clients with dementia. 

Below are some of the ways that CDP training promotes compassionate dementia care:

Person-Centered Care

It emphasizes the importance of person-centered care, which means treating each client as an individual with unique needs and preferences.

Relationship Building

It provides caregivers with the tools to build strong relationships with clients with dementia.  This includes using validation techniques, reminiscence therapy, and other techniques to connect with clients and build trust.

Communication Skills

It teaches caregivers how to communicate with clients in a way that promotes understanding, validation, and respect – effective communication is essential for providing compassionate care to clients with dementia.

Emotional Support

It highlights the importance of emotional support for clients and their families, including grief counseling, stress management, and other support services.

Caregiver Wellness

It teaches caregivers how to manage stress, avoid burnout, and maintain their emotional and physical well-being, which enables them to provide better care to clients.

Certified Dementia Practitioner training is the heart of senior care because it promotes compassionate dementia care that is person-centered, relationship-focused, and emotionally supportive. By equipping caregivers with the knowledge and skills to provide compassionate care, CDP training improves the quality of life for clients with dementia and their families.

The CDP credential is nationally recognized and many employers prefer to hire staff who hold this certification. Thanks to their extensive education, CDPs are often given more responsibility.  

Contact Simplify Senior Living Today to Train your Staff!

Investing in your employees by certifying them as Certified Dementia Practitioners can profoundly impact the quality of care your organization provides. It also demonstrates to your clients and their families that your organization is committed to providing the highest level of care possible.

Loretta Shacklett, founder of Simplify Senior Living, is proud to offer the Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Seminar. The ADDC training is the required seminar for those pursuing certification to qualify as a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) or those who want to enhance their dementia education.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to make a lasting difference in the lives of your clients and their loved ones. Contact Simplifying Senior Living today to schedule your training.