My Completed Coursework

Oregon Home Care Commission Classes Completed

Core Classes
Keeping It Professional (Dec. 2016)
Working Together (Jan. 2017)
Preventing Fraud and Abuse (Jan. 2017)

Safety Classes
Medication Safety (Jan. 2017)
Preventing Disease Transmission (Jan. 2017)
Taking Responsibility in Personal Safety (Dec. 2016)

Other Skills Classes
Challenging Behaviors (Jan. 2017)
Heart Healthy (Jan. 2017)

Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Class Completed

This 3-part class is co-sponsored with The Alzheimer’s Association, Lane Community College Successful Aging Institute and River Road Park District.

Dementia Conversations
This class is designed to help you discuss, with your family, some challenging and often uncomfortable topics around Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Some of the most difficult conversations to have are about:

  • Going to the doctor to get a diagnosis or medical care
  • Deciding when it is necessary to stop driving
  • Making plans for managing finances and legal documents to be sure the person’s wishes are carried out and the costs of future care are covered.

Effective Communications
Communication is more than just talking and listening — it’s also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language. As people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress in their journey and the ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect.

Understanding and Relating to Dementia Behaviors
Behavior is a powerful form of communication and is one of the primary ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost. However, some behaviors can present real challenges for caregivers to manage.

I also earned my First-Aid, CPR and AED (Automated External Defibrillators) certification, provided by American Heart Association. Certification current as of January 2016.

I am a Certified Nutritional Consultant (CNC) through the American Association of Nutritional Consultants (AANC).