CNA Instructor Courses
We recommend the following courses for the required 7 hours for CNA instructors:
Resident-Centered Approach to Dementia Care - 1 Hour
- Ensure staff provide resident-centered care based on thorough knowledge of each person’s abilities and needs.
- To help staff act as “care partners” to help people achieve optimal functioning and improved quality of life.
- To use a flexible, problem-solving approach to care designed to prevent problems before they occur.
This course is a brief overview of challenges that people who have dementia face every day. Explaining the challenges helps us to gain a better understanding of what they are experiencing. Resident-centered approaches to working with people who have dementia are described and real world examples are used. The technique of using validation is also discussed.
Resident Choice and Staff Empowerment - 6 hours
- Discover the value of honoring choice related to eating, bathing, sleeping and spending the day.
- Describe the importance of sleep on residents' quality of life.
- Analyze the impact of consistent staffing on resident choice.
- Identify three modifications that may need to be made.
- Explore the importance of developing an individualized plan of care with input from the direct care partner.
- Empowerment: Creating leaders at every level.
- Consistent assignment and scheduling that makes sense.
- Deinstitutionalize the environment and create home.
- Promoting community.
- Regulations that support create home.
No matter where you are on your resident-centered care journey, this class is for you. Discover how to honor resident choice with schedules, bathing, dining, and living a meaningful life, using real life examples. After completion of this course you will be able to identify staff empowerment and hiring right, as well as regulations that support creating home.
This course meets the requirement for new CNA instructors. This course in addition to Residents Rights, Resident-Centered Approach to Dementia Care, or Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation fulfill the 7-hour requirement.
For the subsequent year, the following courses are recommended:
Behavioral Health, Including Dementia - 6 Hours
- Identify communication techniques that minimize misunderstandings when working with people with dementia.
- Identify environmental modifications that can improve the quality of life for persons with dementia.
- Discuss the effect restrictive diets have on people with dementia and identify alternatives to dietary restrictions.
- Name non-pharmacological techniques that could minimize distress in people with dementia.
- Define behavioral health.
Working with people with dementia is rewarding and challenging. This course is designed to teach caregivers how to create an environment where people with dementia and the people working with them can thrive. CMS is now requiring that skilled nursing communities analyze behavioral health care, which includes dementia. This course presents ways in which caregivers can promote a dementia-friendly environment by looking at the whole person. The course also briefly discusses mental health and LTC care residents. How to individualize care for people with dementia, with an emphasis on non-pharmacological interventions will be discussed.
Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation - 1 Hour
- Define abuse, neglect and exploitation.
- Cite regulations that guide prevention of abuse, neglect and exploitation.
- Identify effective communication techniques for residents with dementia.
- Describe ways to prevent abuse, neglect and exploitation.
- Explain investigation process of abuse, neglect and exploitation.
- List signs of burnout, frustration and stress.
Abuse, neglect and exploitation are preventable in adult care homes. Staff must have the right resources and education for them to be able to prevent these situations from happening This course will provide the participant with the ability to define abuse, neglect and exploitation, identify ways to effectively communicate in order to prevent abuse and de-escalate the situation if it does occur. This course will also discuss signs and ways to prevent burnout, which can lead to abuse, neglect or exploitation.
Resident Rights - 1 Hour
- Identify resident rights
- Describe the ways not upholding the resident rights impacts the residents
- Ways to enhance resident rights
The protection and promotion of resident rights is a very important duty for staff in adult care homes. Each resident must have the right to a dignified existence, self-determination, and communication with and access to persons and services inside and outside the adult care home. This course will analyze in depth rights of residents that live in adult care homes.