To stay up to date on your specialty, you attend conferences, read journals and conduct research. What opportunities are there for the rest of your team to add value to your practice and their profession? Many communities and organization offer training at little or no cost to better understand policies, regulations and techniques. Dementia training, falls prevention, diabetes management and more topics are available throughout the year. Sessions can take as little as an hour. Seek out training and events to enhance your skills and practice.
Have fun! Every month there are social networking opportunities for health professionals. Happy hours, dinners, meetings that can introduce you to others helping seniors. Encourage participation by staff to learn more about partnerships and resources available for your team and your patients. Take time to plan a fun team building exercise. Enlist partners to help host it, or reach out to other practices to share costs and meet some of the folks you talk with on a weekly basis. Find team building activities that will help your staff work well together and build relationships outside your practice.
Alzheimer’s Association Training: CEUs, online training and customized training programs are available through the Alzheimer’s Association
Parkinsons Association Of the Carolinas
Arthritis Foundation: Information on pain management, exercise, local programs, medication and research are available online
American Red Cross– CEUs for training in CPR, blood borne pathogens, oxygen, and more.
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Multiple Sclerosis Society: Training, research and local information at the Carolinas Chapter
Virtual Dementia Tour: The Virtual Dementia Tour™ [VDT], simulates dementia to help participants identify with the symptoms of the disease. This training involves an individual experience and is encouraged for anyone in the public sector, especially for those who serve our elders and their families. Developed by Second Wind Dreams and presented in partnership by 65 Senior Street, Jewish Family Services, Avante Healthcare, Senior Living Guide and the Alzheimers Association. Contact us at Carol@65seniorstreet.com to find the next presentation or to schedule one at your location
Cardinal Innovations (formerly Piedmont Behavioral Health) Geriatric Adult/Mental Health Specialty Team: Provides training for professionals and families dealing with dementia and psychological behaviors http://www.cardinalinnovations.org/gast/catalog.asp
Central Piedmont Community College: Healthcare training and certification, small business planning, financial resources and training, seminars and training for marketing and managing your business or practice http://www.cpcc.edu/cce
Dementia Education Conference:
Innovations in Dementia Care
Friendship Missionary Baptist Church Conference Center, Charlotte, NC
Thursday, April 11, 2013