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CARES® Dementia Certification™ is now included at no additional cost with all CARES Complete Catalog online training programs.

CARES Complete Catalog offers access to all CARES online dementia care training programs for professionals, and practical implementation tools and resources. The complete catalog offers 49 modules (48 hours) of interactive training featuring videos of real caregivers, families, and people with dementia, as well as access to an administrative portal to manage training compliance. Learn evidence-based practices in addition to specialized techniques to help you provide person-centered care to people with dementia. Courses offer best-practice strategies for managing dementia symptoms at every stage of the disease. Some topics include: managing dementia-related behavior (like resisting, calling out, hitting, swearing, and biting), pain management, ADLs such as bathing and toileting, wandering, falls, and eliminating restraints. The CARES Complete Catalog includes 49 modules (48 hours) of online training:
  • CARES® Dementia 5-Step Method™ (4 modules)
  • CARES® Dementia Safety Topics™ (6 modules)
  • CARES® Dementia-Related Behavior™ (4 modules)
  • CARES® Activities of Daily Living™ (4 Hours) (4 modules)
  • CARES® Activities of Daily Living™ (10 Hours) (10 modules)
  • CARES® End-of-Life Dementia Care™ (5 modules)
  • CARES® Elder Abuse Awareness and Prevention™ (4 modules)
  • CARES® Serious Mental Illness™ (4 modules)
  • CARES® Dementia 5-Step Method for Families™ (4 modules)
  • CARES® Dementia Basics in Spanish™ (4 modules)
View Course Topics and Research Articles & Awards.

About CARES® Dementia Certification

CARES Dementia Certification tests and recognizes a user’s dementia understanding and dementia care knowledge from the Alzheimer’s Association Dementia Care Practice Recommendations and published CARES research studies of select CARES online dementia care training programs. Organizations are encouraged to advertise their use of CARES certification to help promote their businesses. CARES Dementia Certification is optional and is included at no additional cost with the purchase of CARES online training program site licenses. Successful completion of the exam recognizes users for being educated about dementia and for being trained and certified in person-centered dementia care practices using the CARES® Approach. Learn more about CARES Dementia Certification. Other benefits include:
  • CARES® Classroom Guide – A planning guide that is intended for those who will be presenting CARES group training in traditional classroom settings led by an administrator or educator
  • Worksheets for each training module
  • CARES® Observational Tool (COT) – An easy-to-administer tool for assessing staff behavior before and after CARES training
Site licenses also include access to the CARES administrative portal that allows you to:
  • Manage training compliance.
  • Evaluate the individual progress of all staff members.
  • Run customized reports for any time period.
  • Download detailed documentation including employee name, module status, and date of program completion.
  • Print individual completion certificates for group training sessions.
CARES® was developed with the Alzheimer’s Association, with input from a national team of experts. CARES content incorporates evidence-based strategies from the Alzheimer’s Association Dementia Care Practice Recommendations that have been supported by more than 30 leading health and senior care organizations. View and print a summary of academic research and national awards related to CARES online training programs.

CARES® in Florida

Do you work in Florida? To meet the State of Florida dementia training requirements, you must purchase a special version of CARES Complete Catalog approved by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. Learn More.