Members of Smithville Western Care Center Receive Dementia Care Specialist Certification

08/06/2016 | Sprenger Healthcare

For more information, please contact:

Jaime Marino-Freetage

Therapy Regional Director

Phone: (440) 935-5487



Sprenger Healthcare is raising the standard for memory care by providing many of its Smithville Western Care Center staff with the tools necessary to complete Dementia Care Specialist Certification.

The Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI)’s Dementia Care Specialist Certification is a formal recognition of an individual’s commitment and leadership as a professional caring for patients with Alzheimer’s disease or other related dementias. Dementia Care Capable Training helps caregivers work together more cohesively and consistently to deliver a higher standard of dementia care.

At Smithville Western Care Center, training in dementia care allows the memory care team to demonstrate an understanding of dementia and its impact on cognitive function. Trained staff can identify key care approaches for each stage of the disease in order to promote the highest possible level of function in activities of daily living (ADL), mobility, and leisure activity. The team also learned strategies to enhance communication, minimize negative behaviors and support families.

Perhaps the most important skill gained through the certification is the ability to identify and report predictors of cognitive decline or transition, further assisting Sprenger clinicians in the development of care plans that promote successful outcomes.

According to CPI, when this compassionate, results-oriented approach is embraced and implemented, staff attitudes shift, confidence soars, and quality of life improves for dementia clients and their families. This is why staff members involved in the care of dementia patients at Sprenger communities will be given the opportunity to become a Dementia Care Specialist, including therapists, nurses, nursing assistants, life enrichment staff and housekeepers.

Dementia Care training is not only a benefit to the staff at Smithville Western Care Center, but also to patients receiving memory care at each Sprenger community. Trained memory care staff strive to lessen the symptoms of dementia by helping patients with self-care and teaching them to manage activities of daily living, such as dressing, bathing and toileting. They provide support while encouraging patients to achieve the highest possible level of independence.

In addition to the benefits of having on-staff Dementia Care Specialists, Sprenger Healthcare provides Excellence in Memory Care, a specialized team approach to quality patient-centered care. Having a team of Dementia Care Specialists raises the bar for Sprenger Health Care’s already high standard of dementia care at its communities.

“It is our goal at Sprenger Health Care to provide our patients with the highest quality of care. Having Dementia Care Specialists on our team only furthers our commitment to our Excellence in Memory Care,” said Jaime Marino-Freetage, Executive Therapy Director.

In addition to enhancing a commitment to Excellence in Memory Care, Sprenger Health Care offers excellence in Neurological Care, Orthopedics, Osteoporosis, Amputee Care and Respiratory Care, and Cardiac Care.

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