Members Say This Affordable Dementia Care Training Makes a Difference

Programs and Resources

​​​Key to reducing off-label antipsychotic use is having staff specifically trained in person-centered dementia care, so that they know how to identify individual triggers, mitigate causes of behaviors and intervene with non-pharmacological approaches that support each resident’s quality of life. ​

CARES® consists of eight programs including dementia care, serious mental illness, elder abuse, and a Spanish language version of CARES®  Dementia Basics.  

CARES® Dementia Basics™ module is recognized by the Alzheimer’s Association® for successfully incorporating the evidence-based Dementia Care Practice Recommendations in the following topic areas: Alzheimer’s and dementia, person-centered care, assessment and care planning, activities of daily living, and behaviors and communication. The training is also available in Spanish.   

After completing CARES® Dementia Basics, staff can take additional CARES online programs including: 

CARES® Serious Mental Illness™  may be taken as a freestanding course without taking the Dementia Basics course first.  

AHCA/NCAL members receive 15% off the purchase of any Healthcare Interactive (HCI) CARES® online training program by using promo code AHCA15 at checkout. View a free five-minute preview of each program here to get a better sense of what each training offers. 

For a more in-depth look at the CARES®, view Module 1 (Meet Clara Jones – An introduction to Person-Centered Care) at no cost for AHCA/NCAL members. This free online training module is a great way to introduce new staff to person-centered dementia care in staff meetings or staff trainings.  

CARES® is easy to use, can be accessed from any computer, tablet, or mobile device, and can be started and stopped as often as users wish. CARES® is the only dementia care training to make extensive use of actual footage of real residents and real staff members (no actors) for truly authentic virtual training environment.  

Each CARES® program includes CARES® Dementia Certification at no additional cost. As an organization, HCI then allows you to advertise CARES® Dementia Certification to your community and families.  

A variety of purchase options are available including individual course registrations, multi-user site licenses and one-year single-site licenses. AHCA/NCAL members always receive 15% off any purchase when they use the AHCA15 promo code. Call HCI at (952) 928-7722 with any questions about the training programs.