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John V. Hobday
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MINNEAPOLIS—February 10, 2014. HealthCare Interactive is pleased to announce the release of our new CARES® Activities of Daily Living™ (ADL) Online Dementia Care Training Program. Through interactive features and real-life videos, professionals learn thoughtful and effective ways to make life less stressful for both the person living with dementia and the caregiver.
Memory loss diagnoses are increasing each year, and the demand for quality dementia care training is growing nationwide. According to the Alzheimer’s Association 2013 Facts & Figures report, the number of people with Alzheimer’s is projected to sharply increase from more than 5 million today to as many as 16 million by 2050, as the 78 million baby boomers mature and reach the age of highest risk.
More than 50 percent of residents in assisted living and nursing homes have some form of dementia or cognitive impairment, including Alzheimer’s disease. “It is critical to have professional caregivers trained before caring for someone who has any form of dementia,” said Michelle Barclay, HealthCare Interactive Vice President.
HealthCare Interactive created CARES Activities of Daily Living, a series of innovative, online dementia-care training modules, to help professional caregivers better understand how to make routine tasks, such as getting ready for the day, more pleasurable for people living with dementia. The caregiving techniques and strategies presented in this course are critical for successful care on a day-to-day basis.
“The new ADL program is a great addition to our CARES courses. It contains extremely helpful information that can be used with people at every stage of dementia,” said John Hobday, HealthCare Interactive CEO and Founder. “This is not a one-stage-fits-all disease, and approaches change depending upon the person living with the illness. What I like the best about this program is that it allows staff members to actually see the progression of the disease from normal thinking to the early signs to the middle stages to complete dependence. It is not common for staff members to understand this progression, and CARES ADL will make a strong contribution to their understanding and ability to apply appropriate care strategies depending upon the resident’s current abilities.”
After completing select CARES training courses, professional caregivers, as well as family and friends who provide unpaid care, can be recognized for learning quality dementia care practices with the Alzheimer’s Association® essentiALZ® certification program. The essentiALZ exam tests knowledge of the evidence-based and nationally recognized Alzheimer’s Association Dementia Care Practice Recommendations, which are supported by more than 30 leading health and senior care organizations.
About CARES® Activities of Daily Living™
CARES Activities of Daily Living is a comprehensive 10-module (10-hour) program that covers all aspects of ADL training. Features such as “Using the CARES® Approach” and “Applying the CARES® Approach” show how person-centered care can make activities of daily living easier, meaningful, and more rewarding.
The 10 modules of Activities of Daily Living include:
About HealthCare Interactive
HealthCare Interactive, Inc. is addressing the growing national crisis of memory loss, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease by developing the most innovative set of training products for family members and professional caregivers available in the marketplace today. HCI was founded in 1997 by John Hobday, an educational and instructional design expert, dementia researcher, and software developer. Mr. Hobday serves as HCI’s President and CEO and is currently completing his Ph.D. in Business. For additional information about HealthCare Interactive, visit www.hcinteractive.com, or call (952) 928-7722.