All About Dignity

 Aspirin for your headaches

Many agencies and facilities are working with All About Dignity to save money and follow the Homecare and Assisted Livings education guidelines for staff- here is how we can do it together.

In-services
We meet with the Department of Public Health yearly to find out what they are suggesting for the following year and set up a schedule. At your request we will send you a copy of the suggested in-services. This does not mean other in-services can't be done so please feel free to request another topic. 

Leaders in Dementia Care is an 8 hour program that follows the Alzheimer's Association requirements for a Leadership in Dementia care agency certificate. This program costs 900.00. 75% of staff must attend. At this time we are the only agency other than the Alzheimer's association approved to teach this class in Southern Colorado.

Where are in-services held?
At your facility (you are asked to provide a wheelchair and DVD or CD player if needed for in-service)

In-service plans
Arrangement for days and times should be reserved 2 to 4 months prior to date of in-service

Employer will receive at end of in-service
Sign in sheet if  requested   
quiz for employees (Considered a best practice by Dept of Public Health)
List of handouts given to staff and one copy for your records
List of any CDs or DVDs used
 

Cost
$30 per hour.

Balance costs of you having staff do the in-service:
This is the cost for you if you have your staff prepare in-services:

Writing the in-service = 3 hours
For each complaint about having to do the in-service add 15 minutes, average 4 times =1 hour
Having someone do the work that the person writing the in-service missed =4 hours
Doing the in-service =2 hours
This = 10 hours + it's not just paying them. You must add all the other costs of their employment (Social Security, taxes, benefits, etc..)

10 X their pay = $_____ or (here is the solution to the first headache) save and have All About Dignity do your in-services. 

How is your headache? Getting better I hope but there is one more.

Personal Care Worker (PCW) class 
These are different in set up from the in-services
Classes are 5  1/2 hours long for 4 days and on the 5th day we have the test. If this is for “family” they may or may not want to take the test at the end. Each person that takes and passes the test will receive a Certificate of Completion from All About Dignity. Usually classes are once a week.

The Certificate of Completion moves the staff person from companion or homemaker employee status to that of a PCW. This course is especially useful to family members and staff who are new to providing care for people with needs above the “norm”.

Here is that other headache: It is important for CNAs to take this class to learn what is appropriate for a PCW to do on the job. They don't automatically know these differences. Your facility and agency will be held accountable for these differences.

The training in this course follows the guidelines as defined in the Volume VIII (Medical Assistance Manual of the Colorado Department of Social Services) and the Homecare regulations as set by the Department of Public Health and Human Services. This is a non-medical training class. Don't believe CNAs know the difference -- ask them to show you. You know it's a lot more than housekeeping duties.  

Where are classes held?
At your facility (you are asked to provide a wheelchair and DVD or CD player as well as an assistant for the test)

Suggested size of class is no more than 10 people for maximum learning using hands-on skills.

Each participant must have a book at an additional cost of $30 each.We recommend staff pay for their own books.

Cost for these classes is determined by the size of the class, number of days and where the class is held.

You may also wish to enroll staff in our scheduled classes. See the class dates and information page.

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