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alzheimers training institute (ati)


The Alzheimers Training Institute (ATI) is a professional training and consulting organization dedicated to helping professional caregivers improve their knowledge and skills in caring for people with Alzheimers disease and other related dementias. The institute is a division of the Alzheimers Association, Georgia Chapter, a not-for-profit organization committed to improving the quality of life and maintaining the dignity of people with Alzheimers disease. The staff of ATI are specially trained in caring for people with Alzheimers disease and other dementias. They have extensive experience in social work, curriculum development and professional training. As classroom instructors and trainers, they provide a hands-on environment where attendees learn interactively and benefit from the experience of others. Over 97% of the courses offered by the Alzheimers Training Institute have received excellent ratings from attendees.

Todays competitive care environment demands quality care. And the key to providing that care is a well-trained and motivated staff. Thats why care organizations throughout Georgia turn to the Alzheimers Training Institute (ATI). They know they can count on the Institute to provide the knowledge and skills their employees need to build a reputation for quality care and improve family satisfaction.

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comprehensive course offerings


The Alzheimers Training Institute offers a wide range of courses designed to help professional caregivers better understand and meet the needs of people with Alzheimers disease and other dementias. Each course is offered independently, several times a year.

course descriptions:
Understanding Behaviors: Behaviors are responses to how persons with dementia are feeling and experiencing their world. The Cues and Clues Model in this session introduces an effective way to evaluate and respond to behaviors. (2 hours) Enhancing Mealtime: Provides ways to assess and address challenging mealtime situations, encourage independence, and help make mealtimes more pleasant. (2 hours) Understanding Wandering: Offers information on how to identify residents at risk for wandering as well as the difference between safe and unsafe wandering; strategies to promote safe wandering, and the use of the REACT method to respond to a missing person. (2 hours) Reducing Pain: Pain is often mistaken for severe behavior problems. This class covers strategies to identify, respond to, report, reduce, and prevent pain in individuals living with dementia. (2 hours) Reducing Risks of Falls: This session helps professional caregivers identify factors that put an individual at risk for falls, including environmental factors. It covers the benefits of maintaining mobility and the components of a falls incident report. (2 hours) Activity Programming for People with Dementia: Proven techniques and tools for activity directors and certified nursing assistants to maximize the level of participation and enjoyment of people with dementia. (4 hours) End of Life Care: This program focuses on communication with individuals and families, assessment and care for physical and behavioral symptoms, emotional and spiritual support, and family participation in end of life care. (4 hours) Making Connections: Learning the difference between social and physical needs, and the importance of engaging and interacting with residents to connect them to one another provides a way for the professional caregiver to help residents feel good about themselves though having a sense of purpose. (2 hours) Promoting Restraint-Free Care: This class covers what is meant by restraints, the consequences of using them, and possible alternatives for keeping a person safe. Describing the physical and emotional experience of people in restraints will give the professional caregiver greater understanding and ideas for finding another way. (2 hours)

provider intensive workshop


This one-day workshop includes the following subject areas:
Overview: Review of Alzheimers disease and other dementias, including disease diagnosis and how progression of the disease and other dementias affect individuals, and impacts their ability to carry out activities of daily living. Communication: Information on how dementia changes an individuals ability to communicate, and techniques for effective verbal and nonverbal communication. Behaviors: General introduction to dementias effect on behavior, triggers that cause behavior, and possible responses by staff. Care Strategies: Person-centered methods for making the bathing experience and other personal care tasks more enjoyable for both caregivers and the people they are caring for. Impact on the Family: Dementia affects the whole family throughout the course of the disease. Learn what families may be experiencing and how it affects their relationship with professional caregivers. Develop strategies to respond more effectively to families needs as well as to provide better care for the person with dementia.

certificate in alzheimers care


Professional caregivers may earn a Certificate in Alzheimers Care through the Alzheimers Training Institute. This Certificate is earned by professionals who complete 28 hours of Alzheimers training courses within a two year period. Required Courses include: Provider Intensive Workshop (6-hour prerequisite) Understanding Behaviors (2 hours) Enhancing Mealtimes (2 hours) Understanding Wandering (2 hours) Reducing Pain (2 hours) Reducing Risk of Falls (2 hours) Activity Programming (4 hours) End of Life Care (4 hours) Making Connections (2 hours) Promoting Restraint-Free Care (2 hours)

In-Service Training and Consulting Services are available on an hourly fee basis. Specialized course packages may also be designed to meet the unique needs of individual organizations. For more information, call your local office of the Alzheimers Association, Georgia Chapter at 1-800-272-3900.

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