Below is a list of trainings and webinars designed to help our staff and family members who are also caregivers care for our residents. Many sessions are free and open to the public.
Decatur House staff are encouraged to utilize these resources to enhance their professional development. Credit/incentives may apply for completed sessions.
Medical Terminology — Knowing the language of medicine is essential for caregivers and useful for families. There are fee-based courses available through colleges and technical schools, but for a basic understanding of medical terminology there are also free online instructional videos, such as.
The Shape of Care Podcast — The Shape of Care Podcast, Started by Massachusetts resident Mindy Fried, offers stories and advice for caregivers.
The Savvy Caregiver Educational Program (Alzheimer’s Family Support Center) — The Savvy Caregiver is a free six-session educational training for caregivers of people living with Alzheimer’s or other dementia-related diseases. The program is for families, and covers:
- The pathology of dementia diseases
- Strategies for caregiver self-care
- Dementia stages
- Developing contented involvement for someone with dementia
- How to recognize options to optimize decision making
- Making the most of family resources
- Chatham Council on Aging- Mondays, Dec 9th-Jan 13th, 10 A.M.-12 P.M.
- Barnstable, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church- Thursdays, Dec 15th-Jan 16th, 1-3 P.M. (No Class 12/26)
Senior Care Certifications and Trainings to Improve your Career—From basic caregiving to specialized dementia, Parkinson’s and hospice training programs that can enhance the level of care you’re able to provide.