Training and Expertise

Training and Expertise2016-06-24T10:40:53+00:00

Pacific Living Centers is a state-certified Alzheimer’s care provider. With this certification you are assured that our staff has the extensive training, skill, and knowledge to care for residents who have from Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.

Pacific Living Centers provides mandatory training to all direct care staff as well as ongoing staff training. Before starting on the job, all new staff members attend six hours of orientation. During this orientation period, the following topics are covered:

  • Philosophy of Care
  • Education on Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia
  • Policies and procedures regarding care, including:
    • Basic services provided
    • Admission, discharge, and transfer criteria
    • Physical restraints
    • Wandering/egress control
    • Medication management
    • Common behavioral issues and recommended behavior management
    • Ongoing training requirements for staff

In addition to the six hours of orientation, each new direct-care staff member receives 24 hours of supervised training on the floor.

Every month, each direct-care staff member participates in at least one one-hour training session, which covers topics such as the following:

  • Definitions, diagnosis, stages, and new developments in diagnoses and therapy of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia
  • Common behavioral issues and recommended behavior management techniques
  • Communicating with the Alzheimer’s/dementia resident
  • Activity therapy and other positive therapeutic interventions
  • The role of and support needed by the family in caring for residents with Alzheimer’s disease
  • The Alzheimer’s/dementia environment
  • Service plans and expected goals and outcomes for residents

In addition, all non-direct-care staff also participate in these training sessions at least once every six months.