Our caregivers are the backbone of Our Family Home and our commitment to more good days. Providing care for someone with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia is not easy. It requires deep compassion, dedication, and for many of us, training. Our caregivers are no different.
From the onset, we knew that to see our vision for providing high-level, personalized care come to fruition, we needed employees who were equipped with the resources, structure and tools to be successful. Much of that comes back to the right training and the right situation.
Alzheimer’s and Dementia Training
Through new hire training and our ongoing “OFH University,” Our Family Home goes well beyond state-mandated training for our employees. We teach Teepa Snow principles and focus on the tools and techniques for patient, personal care.
Specifically, we work on identifying and understanding triggers, how to handle and de-escalate resistance from residents and understanding the effects of memory disease. We want our care teams to be able to connect with our residents where they are in their disease and adapt to the needs or situation of each resident.
Personal Development Training
At Our Family Home, we are committed to both the professional and personal growth of our employees. One of the most important aspects of our training is reducing caregiver stress. We do this in two ways: first, by providing Alzheimer’s and dementia-specific training aimed at lessening their work stress, and two, by improving self-care.
As caregivers, to provide the best care, we must also be sure to care for ourselves. This holds true for our staff as well. We focus a lot our attention on helping our caregivers take responsibility for healthy decisions, learn new techniques for managing the difficulties outside of work and find ways to cope with stress.
In addition to training, one of the most important things we do for our staff is maintain our 5:2 resident to caregiver ratio. Employees – and therefore our residents – will be unable to thrive if they are over-burdened or given the unrealistic care expectations of larger centers. To apply the principles of their training, two employees are only ever tasked with caring for up to five residents in one home during the day.
By keeping our ratio at an industry low, we are able to improve the working situation for our employees, the care for our residents and the personal connection that every individual needs.
Our residents thrive because of our caregivers. It is our responsibility to make sure our caregivers have the right training and resources to thrive as well.