CNRC believes in the power of staff education

Submitted Photo Proud staff who successfully completed the CDP training photographed holding their Certified Dementia Care Practitioner Certifications.

The reality is that when it comes to your facility’s role as a community leader in memory care the investment you make in our staff directly impacts the quality of care your residents receive. That is why Chautauqua Nursing & Rehab Center has aligned with the National Council for Dementia Care Practitioners (NCCDP). This council was formed to promote standards of excellence in dementia and education to professionals and other caregivers.

The number of cases of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias continues to grow both nationally and worldwide. While there is a tremendous focus on research for causes, treatment and possible cures for dementia, there is no national standard for dementia-specific education for all healthcare professionals. The goal of the NCCDP is to develop and encourage comprehensive standards of excellence in direct-care skills, education and sensitivity in the area of dementia care.

CNRC recently sent two of their own administrative staff (Director of Activities Paige Brown and Jonelle Frazier, Discharge Planner/Marketing) to an NCCDP training where they earned their certification as CADDCT’s (Certified Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia Care Trainer). This “train the trainer” program enables these employees to train other employees to become Certified Dementia Practitioners (CDP’s). “That’s a lot of acronyms, we know,” laughed Frazier. “Really, we just want all of our staff to flourish in their positions in the memory care field. Alzheimer’s training for long term care staff is just the tip of the iceberg.”

“There are innumerable benefits to having a confident and skilled workforce. Skilled employees bring new ideas and creativity to the job,” said Jodi Charlton, Director of Nursing, RN at Chautauqua Nursing & Rehab Center. CNRC is pleased to announce that nearly 150 front line staff completed and received their CDP certifications.

CNRC will continue to offer this training monthly to their staff as they believe that each CDP professional positively affects the quality of care of their residents.