OAP/ODP Oregon activity and Oregon Dementia Practitioners
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Some Corporations are requestion that employees complete the CDP - Certified Dementia Practitioner training courses and receive their Certification....new trends are developing and Activity Directors and Life Enrichment Coordinators may be asked to complete this requirement by some employeers. In Long Term Care facilities, the CMS Focused Dementia Care Survey is being revised and preview surveys are happening in some Oregon Facilities. This survey is in review / development in Oregon This will require that in LTC facilities -training is offered for dementia care education for the front line staff, nursing and administrative employees. The CMS is asking facilities to verify there dementia care experience and education in questions 8b, 8c, 9, 10a,and10e of the Focused Dementia Care Survey.
What is a GERONTOLOGIST? This is a new field that works with the elderly and in the past several years has gotten a lot of professional recognition. These individuals usualy work directly in the communities with our elderly. They deal with many social and pychological issues facing the elderly. Including but not limited to activities and community events, aging and health, death and dying, role changes and coping techniques, intervention for community help and resources. More information can be gotten from Portland Community College, Gerontology Department Sylvannia Campus.
Changes for Social Service Directors in Long Term? Under consideration by CMS Guidelines is changing the requirements for Social Service Directors in LTC from having a Master's Degree to a Bachelor's Degree. Social Service Directors responsiblities include but are not limited to replacement and discharge back into the community after a healtcare change. Adjustments to these changes from a physical and pychological imact, family roles and successful placement into a safe and successful environment. We will continue to follow this change as it activity/life enrichment professionals also deal with these issues with the social service department.
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