CPI’s Dementia Care Specialists Partners with Alzheimer’s Association®, Greater Illinois Chapter

To help advance new and effective models of care, the Alzheimer’s Association®, Greater Illinois Chapter (AA-GIC) and CPI’s Dementia Care Specialists (DCS) have entered into a partnership. The partnership will allow the AA-GIC and CPI to promote each other’s efforts in providing training and sharing knowledge about Alzheimer’s/dementias.

“Due to the rising number of individuals with Alzheimer's disease, the need for quality dementia care training is growing daily for the professionals who care for these most vulnerable of our population,” said Erna Colborn, President and CEO of the AA-GIC. “No organization can meet the demand for training on its own. The AA-GIC continues to deliver superior learning opportunities for dementia care professionals. By also partnering with other quality providers of dementia training, we can extend our reach to more professionals, enabling them to be true specialists as they deliver care to those in need,” Colborn added.

According to DCS President Kim Warchol, OTR/L, “We really have a shared mission to create a dementia capable society. With this new partnership, we will be able to reach more dementia care professionals in Illinois, who will be better equipped to not only provide direct care for people with dementia, but also advise, guide, and educate the families of those affected.”

CPI’s Dementia Capable Care training program, delivered by DCS, integrates three primary frameworks. These frameworks are used to develop proactive, abilities-focused care/service plans and help interdisciplinary teams problem solve and make decisions. The program yields excellent client results, such as improving levels of independence and facilitating activity engagement, and helps contain costs associated with lower staff turnover and enhanced revenue through reimbursable therapy services.

Recently, President Obama announced the creation of the first National Alzheimer's Plan. With more than 5.4 million Americans living with Alzheimer's, and many more projected over the coming years, CPI and the AA-GIC hope that the level of care provided by caregivers in Illinois can serve as an example as the US implements the National Alzheimer’s Plan.

The Alzheimer’s Association, the world leader in Alzheimer’s research and support, is the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to finding prevention methods, treatments, and a cure for Alzheimer’s. Since 1980, the donor supported, nonprofit Alzheimer’s Association has provided reliable information and care consultation; created supportive services for families; increased funding for dementia research; and influenced public policy changes. The Greater Illinois Chapter serves 68 counties with offices in Bloomington, Carbondale, Chicago, Joliet, Rockford, and Springfield. For more information, call the Helpline at 800.272.3900 or visit www.alz.org/illinois.

CPI is an international training organization committed to best practices and safe behavior management methods that focus on prevention. Through multiple specialized offerings, CPI educates and empowers professionals to create safe and respectful work environments and enrich the lives of the individuals they serve. DCS, a specialized offering of CPI provides dementia products and resources, training, and program consultation.

For more information, contact Robert D. Rettmann, CPI Director of Research and Communications, at 414.979.7075 or rrettmann@crisisprevention.com.


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