Specialized Training Enhances Quality of Dementia Care
VNA staff receive Dementia Care Practitioner certification
The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Somerset Hills is pleased to announce that thirteen staff members, including all certified home health aides (CHHA), have received certification as a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) at the CHHA level. Certified Dementia Practitioner Certification demonstrates the achievement of specialized training in the area of Alzheimer’s and dementia care. The skills and knowledge acquired with this credential will help improve the quality of care delivered, and better prepare VNA aides and other front-line personnel for the challenges they face assisting patients and Adult Day Center members with specific conditions.
“Our home care aides are a vital link in effectively communicating the patient’s health needs and concerns between our nurse and other members of the healthcare team,” said Gail Bechtold, BA, RN, Clinical Manager of Staff Development and Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer (CADDCT) at the VNA of Somerset Hills. “The education they have received through this program will help them better understand Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and apply new tools in the care of their patients.” Whether receiving services in the home or by attending the Adult Day Center, patients, Center members, and their families can feel assured that VNA staff are providing the high-quality, specialized care that meets their needs.
The following VNA of Somerset Hills CHHA staff received certification: Sally Young, of Bernardsville; Jacqueline Hiciano-Jimenez, of Boonton; Patricia Lutts, of Hackettstown, Blanca Marin, of Union; Betty Joseph, of Hillside; Shirley Spruill, and Medical Records Coordinator, of Bridgewater; Guquetta Davis-Payton, of Roselle; Irene Nina, of Elizabeth; Fleurette Lumas, of Union; Magdanne Dorielan, of Union; Clinda Emile, of Irvington; and Marie Joseph, of Hillside. Jansyn Tropea, Adult Day Center Activities Manager, of Bedminster also received her certification.
Both trainer and practitioner certification is offered through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP). The Council, formed in 2001, aims to promote standards of excellence in dementia and Alzheimer’s disease education to professionals and other caregivers who provide services to dementia clients.