End of life care – training makes all the difference

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It’s interesting in that two different news stories hit my desk this week.  One was a Wall Street Journal “Ask the Experts” column titled “How can we reduce end-of-life health-care costs?”

The other was an article published online in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association (JAMDA) titled “Attitudes toward Death, Dying, End-of-Life Palliative Care, and Interdisciplinary Practice in Long Term Care Workers.”  Both articles address something that will become increasingly in the forefront of our national awareness: how we view end of life.

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The New IPCed Learning Management System

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If you are familiar with our online training system aQuire, you will be amazed by our improved LMS.  It provides the same great online courses, but with expanded management features.  Now you will easily be able to add new employees, update their information, load and credit your own training materials, and run over 40 reports to track and organize your staff’s progress.

I’m Jody Halia, the Implementation and Support Coordinator at IPCed.  I will be your personal assistant for onboarding your company to the new Learning Management System.  Together we will create a customized site to meet your training needs.

Ready to get started?

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Training videos and bigger brains

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bigger-brainsReading through my daily news updates, this lead sentence caught my eye:  “People learning a new skill might pick it up more quickly by watching videos of other people performing the same task, a small new study suggests.”  This story, published online in the February 18, 2014 edition of HealthDay News was reposted on WebMd, a website I often turn to as a resource for healthcare information.

My intention was to share this story since we use many how-to videos in our basic skills training courses, especially in our online nursing assistant and caregiver training courses.  I started thinking about ways to enhance our online learners’ exposure to the videos and got a little sidetracked, especially when I read this finding in the study:  “People who viewed training videos experienced 11 times greater improvement in their motor skills than people not provided the videos…” Read more »

Chocolate Cake and Training Success

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senior-living-feb-2014Few things are as exciting as seeing your name (and passion) in print, at least for someone like me who thrives on talking to people about training.

Thanks to the latest issue of Senior Living Executive, the official publication of the Assisted Living Federation of America, that’s our experience here at IPCed.  In fact, the cover story is the same as the title of this blog and it’s all about training.

I love that the writer, Adam Stone, captures some of the challenges in creating and evaluating a training program.  It’s hard to identify exactly when a training program produces a return on investment (ROI) for the company.  Sometimes it’s hard even to identify when a training program is effective and when you’re just “phoning it in,” as a friend of mine likes to say.

I always tell our customers (and those considering becoming a customer) that a good training program does more than teach facts.  It should change attitudes, perceptions and values, too.  It should, most importantly, change behaviors.  When a training program is working you should be able to see it.  You should be able to watch a caregiver’s interaction with a challenging client, for example, and see that she’s using techniques, words and approaches she’s learned through your training program.  THAT’S a training program that’s working.

What is Blending Learning – and Why Should You Know?

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Take a moment and think of the word “training.”

What did you think of? A group of people listening to an instructor standing at the front of a room? Or maybe a person completing an e-learning module on a computer? Or even a mentor demonstrating a skill to a new employee in the work area?

If an image did flash to mind, it was probably just one thing: the instructor-led training, the e-learning, the on-the-job training, or something else.  And that’s fine. But after you read this article, we hope you think of more than one kind of training. And, even more important than that, we hope you consider using several different types of training the next time you design a learning experience.

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IPCED Partners with HealthStream

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HealthStream1IPCed Enters Into Exclusive Partnership with HealthStream to Deliver Courseware to Post-Acute Healthcare Industry

On February 11, 2014, the Institute for Professional Care Education (IPCed) announced that it has entered into an exclusive partnership with HealthStream to deliver IPCed’s online certifications and continuing education (CE) courseware to the post-acute healthcare industry. The market leader for more than a decade in providing workforce development solutions for U.S. acute care hospitals, HealthStream expanded into the post-acute care sector in 2013.

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In the News: Caregivers are among fastest growing jobs in the U.S.

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Does it surprise you to know that caregiving jobs, especially those for home caregivers like personal care aides and home health aides are projected to be the top career growth fields in the next few years?  With an aging society, the demand for caregivers is expected to grow nearly 50%.  With an aging workforce, the need for new individuals to enter this field will grow even more.

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Training is as important as pay? Just ask the family!

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Every family who has hired an in-home caregiver can relate to Rosanna Fay’s experience, recently shared in an insightful and articulate opinion article shared through the San Jose Mercury News.  Fay shares her belief that while pay is important for caregivers, knowing that they are trained and have a professional standard to meet is even more important to families.

Risking abuse, poor care and medical missteps – often out of ignorance – families don’t have any assurance that the caregiver they hire will be prepared.  Without training standards for both new caregivers and ongoing standards for professional growth and development for existing caregivers, families are left in the dark about the qualifications of the person they hire.

Savvy home care providers are moving ahead of regulations, however.  They’re providing certification and ongoing training to every caregiver and letting families know what they’re doing.  It’s just smart business – and a huge relief to families.

Online courses present revolution in education

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The New York Times ran a great article this week featuring an interview with Salman Khan, the young MIT grad who founded the Khan Academy which offers free online courses in the core sciences.  Khan started the online education approach as a way to help his young cousin who was struggling with math.  He created a website which allowed his cousin – and soon others – to practice and learn math skills using what one of my colleagues describes as the “world’s most patient tutor” – the computer.