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Required training and continuing education requirements

Specific requirements for Administrator and staff qualifications and training are found in Oregon Administrative Rules.

RCF & ALF Administrators (OAR 411-054-0065)

Facility Administrators must meet specific qualifications and are required to attend and complete specific training prior to employment. In addition, 20 hours of Division approved annual continuing education is required.

RCF & ALF Staff (OAR 411-054-0070)

Facilities must provide for employee pre-service orientation and a caregiver training program that has a method to determine performance capability through a demonstration and evaluation process. In addition, for caregivers assigned duties including the administration of medication or treatments, the facility must document they have observed and evaluated the individual's ability to perform safe medication and treatment administration in accordance with OAR 411-054-0055 (Medications and Treatment). 

Memory Care Administrators (OAR 411-057-0140)

Facility Administrators must complete and document that at least 10 hours of their required annual continuing educational requirements, as required by the licensing rules of the facility, relate to the care of individuals with dementia. Continuing education credits must be obtained through Division approved sources which may include college courses, preceptor credits, self-directed activities, course instructor credits, corporate training, in-service training, professional association trainings, web-based trainings, correspondence courses, telecourses, seminars, and workshops.

Memory Care Staff (OAR 411-057-0150)

A memory care community must ensure that staff who provide support to residents with dementia have a basic understanding and fundamental knowledge of the residents' emotional and unique health care needs. Direct care and other staff must be trained on the topics outlined in Table 1. These requirements are in addition to the facility licensing requirements for training.

Persons providing or overseeing the training of staff must have experience and knowledge in the care of individuals with dementia.

Training Table 1
 

All Caregiving Staff

All Other Staff

 

Must meet licensing training requirements for direct caregiving staff.

Must meet licensing training requirements for other staff.

 

Memory Care Training Requirements for Direct Caregiving Staff

Memory Care Training Requirements for Other Staff

Pre-Service Training Requirements

(1) The memory care community’s philosophy that reflects a person directed approach that is related to the care of residents with dementia;

(2) A description of the most common types of dementias and descriptions of disease process;

(3) The need for careful diagnosis and available treatments;

(4) The memory care community’s policy and procedure on preventing elopement and procedures to follow in the event a resident elopes from the memory care community;

(5) Environmental supports (e.g. staff interactions, lighting, room temperature, noise, etc.); and

(6) Common behaviors and recommended interventions including:

(a) Communication techniques that facilitate better resident-staff relations;

(b) Approaches to implement with residents who have aggressive behavior, catastrophic reactions, and socially challenging behaviors; and

(c) Providing personal care to an individual with dementia.

(1) The memory care community’s philosophy that reflects a person directed approach that is related to the care of residents with dementia;

(2) A description of the most common types of dementias and descriptions of disease process;

(3) The need for careful diagnosis and available treatments;

(4) The memory care community’s policy and procedure on preventing elopement and procedures to follow in the event a resident elopes from the memory care community;

(5) Environmental supports (e.g. staff interactions, lighting, room temperature, noise, etc.); and

(6) Common behaviors and recommended interventions including:

(a) Communication techniques that facilitate better resident-staff relations; and

(b) Approaches to implement with residents who have aggressive behavior, catastrophic reactions, and socially challenging behaviors.

Required Training Within 30 Days of Hire

(1) Integrating leisure activities into the daily life of the resident;

(2) How to evaluate behavior and what behaviors mean by observing, collecting information, and reporting behaviors that require on-going monitoring and possible assessment;

(3) Family support and the role family may have in the care of the resident; and

(4) Use of supportive devices with restraining qualities in memory care communities.

(1) Integrating leisure activities into the daily life of the resident;

(2) How to evaluate behavior and what behaviors mean by observing, collecting information, and reporting behaviors that require on-going monitoring and possible assessment; and

(3) Family support and the role family may have in the care of the resident.

In-Service Training

All care giving staff must receive four hours of documented in-service training annually that pertains to the physical and emotional needs of residents with dementia. This is in addition to the licensing requirements for minimum in-service staffing. Training to address the behavioral or health care needs of specific residents that could be utilized with future residents may be counted.

 

Approved Training

Training must meet specific criteria in order to be approved for CEU’s. The training must benefit the health, welfare, and safety of the residents. Training that does not directly support residents, or that is site specific, (company accounting system), will not be approved.

For information on training approval please contact the Community Based Care team.

Training resources

CPR/First Aid Training

Oregon Health Care Association (OHCA) 

Oregon Alliance of Senior & Health Services (OASHS) 

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