Amp up your Referrals by Listening to Families

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For many years I had the privilege of facilitating a family support group for individuals caring for a loved one with dementia.  Because the group was sponsored by a local community hospital, group members were loyal and very involved, year after year.

Over the course of several years, we welcomed individuals into the group with a newly diagnosed loved one who needed only a little emotional support and were generally looking for information about the disease, progression and care options for the future.

One by one, these caregivers began to face the need for help.  Getting help at home was step one for nearly all; some continued with home care right through the end of their loved ones’ lives. Read more »

IPCed Awards 2016 Commitment to Learning to Home Instead Clearwater, at HCAOA Conference

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The Institute for Professional Care Education (IPCed) a training and certification company focusing exclusively on the senior care population, announced today that Home Instead Senior Care of Clearwater, Florida was selected as a 2016 recipient of the Commitment to Learning Award. Home Instead of Clearwater, Florida was selected to receive this award as a result of their longstanding commitment to senior care education and professional development for both their organization as well as their caregivers. Read more »

ComForCare Announces FREE Dementia Workshop

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DementiaWise’s Director of Special Populations, Deborah Bier, PhD, will present: “Game-Changing Approaches to Dementia Care for Helping Professionals,” on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 — 3 Contact Hours for RNs and 3 CEUs available for Social Workers.

This informative workshop is designed specifically for health care professionals who are working with individuals with dementia and will topics including:

• Preventing Difficult Dementia Behavior

• Surprising Sensory Changes in Dementia

• How Dementia Complicates Pain Management

• Different Types of Dementia and Their Care Needs

• Delirium and Dementia: A Hidden Epidemic

• Drugs That Can Make Dementia Worse

• Working With Challenging Families

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IPCed is now part of OnCourse Learning

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I’m very excited to announce that IPCed is now part of the OnCourse Learning family.  This is a good thing for us all.  We keep the best of IPCed:  our office, our existing team, our services, and our leadership.  And we plan to continue running IPCed the way we have always run IPCed – focusing on what we believe is best for our industry, our customers and our business.

OnCourse Learning, based out of Brookfield, Wisconsin, encompasses a wide range of educational offerings to multiple industries.  With IPCed joining the Healthcare division, OnCourse now becomes a “one-stop shop” for healthcare education across the continuum of care.

We are excited about this for 3 main reasons:

Like us, OnCourse has built its reputation as a content company first.  They are leaders in healthcare education, are recognized for the quality and accuracy of that content and offer it in many different modalities to meet the needs of different types of learners.

Like us, they have a world-class content development team, led by an impressive team of experts who are involved in creating educational content that meets the needs of an increasingly complex, fast-changing healthcare environment.

Like us, OnCourse is a leader, not a follower.  Their forward-looking approach is in lockstep with how IPCed approaches healthcare continuing education in the 21st century.

Here is a link to the press release with more details about the transaction, but I wanted to share with our clients, partners and friends why we believe this is such a good fit for IPCed.

In the very near future, you will see our content offering grow in the areas where OnCourse excels.  You will see new training technology designed to provide the best possible user experience when taking advantage of the vast content only OnCourse can provide.  As our clients and partners expand their services into other points along the continuum of care, we will be able to support providers and practitioners in every setting.




Celebrate National Assisted Living Week!

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At the request of Mass-ALA, Governor Baker has issued a proclamation designating the week of September 11 – 17 as National Assisted Living Week.  Attached is a copy of the resolution which you can display in your residence. How is your community celebrating?

Look at how these residences celebrate National Assisted Living Week each year, and get inspired:

Autumn Glen in Dartmouth parties each day of National Assisted Living Week, including a summer concert with Billy Couto, a Patriots Day-themed pizza party, karaoke and even a sock hop!  Across the country, Gulf Point Village in Texas crowned a king and queen for senior prom; Brandywine Senior Living in Princeton, New Jersey, does a flash mob; it was “cruise week” at Benton House in Georgia; Utah’s Retreat at Sunriver featured a wheelchair/walker obstacle course; and over in St. James, Minnesota, it was a day of 1950s fun.

Join in the fun and promote your community. Mass-ALA members are encouraged to share their community events and activities. Let’s honor the individuals we serve while having fun and educating the public about the role assisted living plays in caring for America’s older adults and individuals with disabilities! Send us your stories and photos, and be sure to use hashtag #NALW.1



1. Butters, Julie. “Re: Celebrate National Assisted Living Week!” 09 September 2016. E-mail.

Complex Family Caregiver Challenges — and Ready Solutions

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A colleague sent me a link to this excellent article today and I wanted to pass it on – it’s a great window into the psychosocial challenges family caregivers face, in addition to the daunting tasks that often face the caregiver.  So many times I’ve talked with families about the value of their emotional role and relationship with the person in their care, and how necessary it is for them to safeguard that role and not let tasks take over their time.  Anyone, including paid caregivers, can do the tasks (often easier, in fact), but no one can take their place in the person’s heart. Read more »

For Family Caregivers, the challenges are always personal

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Some of you have heard me share my personal story about the day my professional view on caregiving became a family member’s view.  It’s a story I share often, but rarely do I include all the details.  Some are private; some just too painful.  I bet most family caregivers can relate.

It started late one night when the phone rang.  One the other end was an emergency tech who said my parents had been in an auto accident and that I should immediately drive to the city hospital to meet the ambulance bringing my mother in.

“Where’s my dad?  Is he OK?” was the first question I asked.

“Just go to the hospital – they’ll explain it all,” was the response.

Fast forward several hours, and I was faced with making funeral arrangements for my father while being on standby to see, hour by hour, if my mother was going to live.

All of my years of experience as a hospital social worker, management consultant for senior care and educator about issues related to caregiving just flew out the window.

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Dementia Training for Law Enforcement — Go for It!

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I’ve been hearing about it more and more frequently: first responders taking training in working with individuals with dementia.  Today, I ran across a news article that reinforced not only the need but the interest on the part of emergency workers for this type of training.

Of course, it got me thinking…what might happen if you, as a service to your community, offered a series of community classes to EMT, ER workers and other emergency personnel on this very topic?  Read more »