Certified Post-Acute Care Dementia Trainer

Become a certified post-acute care dementia trainer


Post-Acute Care Dementia Certified Course (PAC-DC)

The Post-Acute Care Certified Dementia certification course is a robust program designed to provide all members of the interdisciplinary team with evidence-based training, practical tools, and resources to assist you with caring for the Dementia resident.Endorsed by Nurse leaders, Nursing Directors, Administrators, Executive Directors, Social Workers, Recreational Directors.The PAC –DC curriculum includes a full spectrum of training in clinical areas.Additionally, you’ll be provided with the tools you need as you navigate the PAC environment as a trained Dementia Professional.

Target Audience

This training is intended for all members of the interdisciplinary team. RN’S, LPN’s, Administrators, Directors of Nurses, Social Workers, Activities professional, Rehab staff, and anyone who works directly with Dementia residents in Nursing Homes, Assisted Living Facilities, Continued Care Retirement Communities (CCRC’S) and Home Care.

Requirements for Certification

To obtain the certification attendees must

  • Currently, work in the post-acute care environment as a health professional. (Environmental staff and Nurse aides do not qualify)
  • Minimum of 2 years in the field of Dementia
  • Complete the course(See additional certification requirements below)
  • Yearly Renewal (There’s a fee)

Course Modules

Module 1

  • Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease and related disorders
  • Characteristics of Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Review of the brain
  • Communicating with residents with Alzheimer’s Disease
  • 7 Steps to Mindful Communication
  • Pain Recognition and Assessment
  • Understanding the resident environment
  • The psychology of color

Module 2

  • Behavior Management
  • Managing and tracking resident behaviors
  • Activities of daily Living-Strategies for success
  • Dignified Dining
  • Resident engagement
  • Quilting a conversation
  • Alternative Therapies
  • Medication Management
  • End of Life Care
  • Stress Management for caregivers

Module 3

  • Diagnosis of Dementia
  • Types of Dementia
  • Science behind Connecting
  • Behavioral Treatment
  • Learning and Dementia
  • Ethical Concerns and ethical decision making

Post-Acute Care Dementia Certified Trainer (ID Code: PAC-DCT)

Complete an in-depth interview with a member of the INSPAC Standard of Excellence (SOE) Council [This will be scheduled after applications are submitted]

Obtain 8 hours of NIDE approved dementia training

Have been in a supervisory role for a minimum of 1 year within the dementia population

Minimum of 2 years in the field of dementia

Experience with in-service training and/or dementia care management

Accumulate 15 CEs every two years or 18 hours of NIDE approved dementia education

Passing score on the examination

Benefits of Certification

  • Enhances professional credibility
  • Extends knowledge and skills
  • Serves as a proof of ability
  • Enriches self-image and reputation with peers
  • Improves career opportunities
  • Increase earning potential
For all the Courses, Nursing CEU'S will be issued upon completion of each course. All CEU'S are ANCC APPROVED. INSPAC is an educational partner with NYU Rory Myers School of Nursing.
CEU'S: 8

Your Instructor

Institute for Post-Acute Care
Institute for Post-Acute Care

The Institute of Post-Acute Care is the leading organization focused on the advancement of clinical quality care in all settings across the post-acute care continuum. Through evidence-based research, education, certifications, and advocacy, we provide premier programs and services for organizations, health care leaders, interdisciplinary team members, and direct care staff. Our main focus is quality of life and quality of care outcomes for seniors.

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