Being certified is a HUGE opportunity for your firm in your quest to become a Dementia Planning Authority.
Why get certified?
To be a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP), the ADDC curriculum is a required seminar and the first step to getting your CDP. The ADDC curriculum is recognized by CMS and is listed on the CMS Crosswalk page. Having the ADDC training will help your firm get noticed and be able to offer the quality of service for those families suffering from Dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Certified Alzheimer’s Disease Dementia Care Trainer (CADDCT)
When you go through the train the trainer program, it will allow you to provide the state of the art and comprehensive ADDC curriculum to:
- Health care professionals, front line staff, and students enrolled in healthcare-related degree programs such as nursing, social workers, pharmacist, activity professionals, PT, OT, Speech Therapist, nursing assistants, and other important professions who work in the health care industry, supporting industries, government agencies or who will be entering the workforce.
- Not everyone will qualify for the CDP certification but all professions can benefit from the comprehensive curriculum.
“Recently, I spoke in Hays, Kansas on dementia and Alzheimer’s. We had expected 10 people, and hoped for twenty. Instead, sixty people showed up – sixty people! Sixty people were there concerned about dementia. Sixty people were seeking help; sixty people were looking for guidance.
My office is currently working with over 120 families that are facing dementia-related diseases. Their battles and courage are amazing, frightening and valiant – as well as heartbreaking and shocking.
People dealing with dementia type diseases many times suffer alone. They become overwhelmed. They lose their identity as a spouse, or as a son or daughter, and instead become a full-time caregiver, ill prepared and ill equipped, working as a caregiver every moment they can. Many times, the caregiver’s health will actually deteriorate faster than the person with dementia.
One point we made at our dementia workshop, a key point, is that if you are a caregiver, and if someone asks you if they can help – say YES. You may not know how they can help, yet. However, one day, you may think of a way that they will be able to help. You just need to give them a chance, and an idea how to help you.
It is hard to ask for help. Sometimes it is equally hard to accept it. Those dealing with dementia need a pool of people and resources who can help – even if it is just a little thing like picking up some groceries or relieving them for an hour. It may mean the caregiver gains a few moments of normalcy. That’s also where we come in. We as elder law and estate planning attorneys need to help and do more. My last workshop is evidence that the need is real and not going away anytime soon.” – Randy Clinkscales, Clinkscales Elder Law Practice, P.A., Hays, KS.