The Waterford at Oshkosh is offering on-sight dementia care trainings to community members that want to learn more about dementia and/or how to interact and respond in their community roles. This training was developed as part of the Dementia Care System Redesign Plan for Wisconsin. The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Center for Career Development and Employability Training (CCDET) along with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Division of Long Term Care, has developed dementia care training specific to individuals who wish to present face-to-face dementia training in their own communities. Jen Thompson, Director of Strategy and Development, has completed this training and will be presenting to area businesses and service organizations to help increase awareness and responses. Because most people living with dementia reside in the community, business, government, spiritual and volunteer organizations often seek speakers who can help them learn more about how to interact with community members who are living with dementia.
The training provides information defining Dementia, Wisconsin facts and figures, the effects of Dementia, ways to change our perceptions and tips for interacting with people living with Dementia in the community. The intended audiences include crisis response team members, health care providers, and family and friends of those living with dementia. There will be time for a brief question and answer session after training is completed.