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  • Contains 12 Component(s)

    Creating Inclusive Communities for LGBTQI and HIV+ Older Adults

    What are some of the unique concerns, needs, and strengths of your residents who are also lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender? How can your staff make sure that all residents, including LGBT people, are safe and affirmed in your community? This training will cover the key information and skills that are key to creating an inclusive environment. We will focus on terminology, the history of the LGBT experience, and common questions and scenarios to make sure your staff is skilled at LGBT cultural competency. 

    After completing this online learning module, participants will be able to: 

    • Describe the unique needs of LGBT older adults. 
    • Provide reasons why LGBT older adults may hide their LGBT identities, or be fearful of accessing services.    Identify practices to create a more welcoming and supportive environment

    Continuing Education Credit: 1.25 NAB approved CEs upon course completion.
    AHCA/NCAL Member Pricing: $150 per individual with continuing education credits (CEs).

    Creating Inclusive Communities for LGBT Older Adults is applicable to staff working in any type of senior living setting, in all 50 states. If your state has specific training requirements please view the supplemental materials. 

     Supplemental state materials are available for California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C. 

    If you have questions or require information specific to your state not listed here – please contact educate@ahca.org

    This course was developed in partnership with Sage. 

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    © 2022 American Health Care Association. All rights reserved. 

    All Creating Inclusive Communities for LGBTQI and HIV+ Older Adults materials subject to this copyright may be photocopied or distributed for the purpose of nonprofit or educational advancement. The use, photocopying, and distribution for commercial purposes of any of these materials is expressly prohibited without the prior written permission of American Health Care Association.

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    One individual can purchase multiple registrations for more participants by adding them to their cart during the checkout process. Please note, for this option to work, every participant will need to have an ahcancalED account first. 

    To add several participants, please click the green button in the cart that says: 

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    You will then be able to search for more than one participant using their email address. If the person making payment should not have access to the course, then you can remove yourself by clicking the red "remove" button by your name.

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    *Payment Tip: The price of the training will be based on each registrant’s member type (member or non-member). please be sure when you are paying with a credit card the bill-to and shipping address are the same* 

    If you need assistance, please email educate@ahca.org

  • Contains 20 Component(s)

    Participants will gain knowledge and skills on how to predict when acute shortages may occur and how to navigate the process of accessing facility needs and adjusting based on the assessment findings.

    Fluctuating demand for PPE along with the expanded use of PPE as a result of COVID-19 and other infectious agents (e.g., multi-drug resistant organisms) coupled with the fluctuating availability of PPE has created the need for a robust PPE inventory management program. This also applies to COVID-19 point of care testing equipment and supplies.

    The PPE and POC testing Inventory Supply Management training is a case-based learning program that incorporates technical skills with real-life examples to illustrate the critical component that inventory and supply management brings to the facility and its success during day-to-day operations as well as when outbreaks occur.  Through this training, participants will identify how to predict conventional use inventory needs versus outbreak status when contingency or crisis capacity may be needed.  Facilities will identify how regular workweek needs versus weekend or holiday needs may differ in terms of how to navigate the changing environment of PPE and COVID-19 testing needs.  Participants will gain knowledge and insight on inventory rotation to prevent supplies from expiring as well as the unique needs of stand-alone facilities versus those of corporate chains.  Case examples will be utilized to engage learners in assessing the situation and identifying best practices moving forward.  Participants will gain knowledge and skills on how to predict when acute shortages may occur and how to navigate the process of accessing facility needs and adjusting based on the assessment findings. 

    4.50 NAB approved CEs and 4.50 contact hours for nurses through the Iowa Board of Nursing will be awarded upon successful completion.
    Cost:
    • $199 AHCA/NCAL Members
    • $650 Non-members


    © 2022 American Health Care Association. All rights reserved. 

    All Inventory Supply Management for PPE and COVID-19 Point of Care Testing materials subject to this copyright may be photocopied or distributed for the purpose of nonprofit or educational advancement. The use, photocopying, and distribution for commercial purposes of any of these materials is expressly prohibited without the prior written permission of American Health Care Association.

  • Contains 6 Component(s)

    ​COVID-19 has rocked the country and the globe. With tens of millions of confirmed cases, hundreds of thousands of deaths, and countless people who have been directly and indirectly impacted it is no wonder why trauma and grief are so high. COVID-19 is not choosey as to who it targets but is like a wildfire burning out of control. Regardless of whether you are in the trenches battling against the war or seeking isolation to prevent the virus from reaching you every person has been impacted. This three part training will provide a comprehensive overview of COVID-19, as well as grief and trauma and the impact it has on residents and staff. The first part will review COVID-19 and the impact it has on the grief process. Participants are encouraged to review all three parts to gain the full insight of the impact COVID-19 has had and the connection to grief and trauma. The second part will review COVID-19 and the impact it has on trauma as well as providing trauma-informed care to both residents and staff. The third part will review the core practices for providing care to both residents and staff and the relationship to trauma, grief, and COVID-19.

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    Welcome to the Grief, Trauma, & the Impact of COVID-19 on Residents & Staff course for facility groups. Since this is an option designed for group/team viewing, only one person from a facility should register as the facility representative. This can be the facility Administrator or Director of Nursing. Once the course has been purchased, you will receive an email confirmation with next steps. Please note: this course does not offer CE upon completion and access expires one year from purchase.

    COVID-19 has rocked the country and the globe.  With tens of millions of confirmed cases, hundreds of thousands of deaths, and countless people who have been directly and indirectly impacted it is no wonder why trauma and grief are so high.  COVID-19 is not choosey as to who it targets but is like a wildfire burning out of control.  Regardless of whether you are in the trenches battling against the war or seeking isolation to prevent the virus from reaching you every person has been impacted.  This three part training will provide a comprehensive overview of COVID-19, as well as grief and trauma and the impact it has on residents and staff.  The first part will review COVID-19 and the impact it has on the grief process. Participants are encouraged to review all three parts to gain the full insight of the impact COVID-19 has had and the connection to grief and trauma.  The second part will review COVID-19 and the impact it has on trauma as well as providing trauma-informed care to both residents and staff.  The third part will review the core practices for providing care to both residents and staff and the relationship to trauma, grief, and COVID-19.

     
    Total course objectives/outcomes include:
    1. Explain the basics of how COVID-19 spreads and how to reduce potential spread.
    2. Describe the grief process.
    3. Identify the five common stages of grief and how they apply to COVID-19.
    4. Discuss anticipatory grief and the relationship to COVID-19.
    5. Explore methods to manage grief during COVID-19.
    6. Explain trauma as it relates to COVID-19 and its impact.
    7. Explore trauma-informed care and the correlation to COVID-19.
    8. Discuss the Core Practices and the relationship to COVID-19 care.
    9. Describe the process for bringing it all together to provide care to residents and staff.
    10. Discuss the Core Practices and the relationship to COVID-19 care.
    Cost:
    $250 for AHCA/NCAL Members
    $650 for general public/ non-members
    Audience:

    All staff and leadership in long-term care facilities

    How to Register:
    1. If you are new to this site, you will need to CREATE AN ACCOUNT. AHCA/NCAL members will need to add the facility name to their profile at the time of creating an account. If you cannot locate your facility by name, then search by zip code. Non-Members, you are welcome to add your company name. If you do not see it listed, please email educate@ahca.org and we will help you. 
    2. Members who have an existing account can login using their existing AHCA/NCAL username and password. Once you are logged in to the website you will be able to register. If you have forgotten your password click here. If you are new to the site you can create an account here. After doing so, you will be able to register for the webinar.
    3. After you create your account, go back to the course and click REGISTERYou will then be prompted to complete the payment process in your cart.
    4. Once you have purchased the course, it will be conveniently located in your "My Dashboard". To begin the course, click the Course contents tab. Then click on the first item and complete it. You can move through the course at your own pace, stopping and returning to where you left off anytime.
    5. To avoid technical problems, use CHROME. Do not use Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer does not work well with this site.
    6. If you need assistance, please e-mail your questions to educate@ahca.org. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

    © 2022 American Health Care Association. All rights reserved. 

    All Grief, Trauma, & The Impact of COVID-19 on Residents & Staff: For Facilities materials subject to this copyright may be photocopied or distributed for the purpose of nonprofit or educational advancement. The use, photocopying, and distribution for commercial purposes of any of these materials is expressly prohibited without the prior written permission of American Health Care Association.

  • Contains 9 Component(s)

    ​COVID-19 has rocked the country and the globe. With tens of millions of confirmed cases, hundreds of thousands of deaths, and countless people who have been directly and indirectly impacted it is no wonder why trauma and grief are so high. COVID-19 is not choosey as to who it targets but is like a wildfire burning out of control. Regardless of whether you are in the trenches battling against the war or seeking isolation to prevent the virus from reaching you every person has been impacted. This three part training will provide a comprehensive overview of COVID-19, as well as grief and trauma and the impact it has on residents and staff. The first part will review COVID-19 and the impact it has on the grief process. Participants are encouraged to review all three parts to gain the full insight of the impact COVID-19 has had and the connection to grief and trauma. The second part will review COVID-19 and the impact it has on trauma as well as providing trauma-informed care to both residents and staff. The third part will review the core practices for providing care to both residents and staff and the relationship to trauma, grief, and COVID-19.

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    COVID-19 has rocked the country and the globe.  With tens of millions of confirmed cases, hundreds of thousands of deaths, and countless people who have been directly and indirectly impacted it is no wonder why trauma and grief are so high.  COVID-19 is not choosey as to who it targets but is like a wildfire burning out of control.  Regardless of whether you are in the trenches battling against the war or seeking isolation to prevent the virus from reaching you every person has been impacted.  This three part training will provide a comprehensive overview of COVID-19, as well as grief and trauma and the impact it has on residents and staff.  The first part will review COVID-19 and the impact it has on the grief process. Participants are encouraged to review all three parts to gain the full insight of the impact COVID-19 has had and the connection to grief and trauma.  The second part will review COVID-19 and the impact it has on trauma as well as providing trauma-informed care to both residents and staff.  The third part will review the core practices for providing care to both residents and staff and the relationship to trauma, grief, and COVID-19.

     
    Total course objectives/outcomes include:
    1. Explain the basics of how COVID-19 spreads and how to reduce potential spread.
    2. Describe the grief process.
    3. Identify the five common stages of grief and how they apply to COVID-19.
    4. Discuss anticipatory grief and the relationship to COVID-19.
    5. Explore methods to manage grief during COVID-19.
    6. Explain trauma as it relates to COVID-19 and its impact.
    7. Explore trauma-informed care and the correlation to COVID-19.
    8. Discuss the Core Practices and the relationship to COVID-19 care.
    9. Describe the process for bringing it all together to provide care to residents and staff.
    10. Discuss the Core Practices and the relationship to COVID-19 care.
    Continuing Education:

    3.50 NAB approved CEs are available upon completion and 3.0 contact hours for nurses through the Iowa Board of Nursing.

    Cost:
    $100 for AHCA/NCAL Members
    $450 for general public/ non-members
    Audience:

    All staff and leadership in long-term care facilities

    How to Register:
    1. If you are new to this site, you will need to CREATE AN ACCOUNT. AHCA/NCAL members will need to add the facility name to their profile at the time of creating an account. If you cannot locate your facility by name, then search by zip code. Non-Members, you are welcome to add your company name. If you do not see it listed, please email educate@ahca.org and we will help you. 
    2. Members who have an existing account can login using their existing AHCA/NCAL username and password. Once you are logged in to the website you will be able to register. If you have forgotten your password click here. If you are new to the site you can create an account here. After doing so, you will be able to register for the webinar.
    3. After you create your account, go back to the course and click REGISTERYou will then be prompted to complete the payment process in your cart.
    4. Once you have purchased the course, it will be conveniently located in your "My Dashboard". To begin the course, click the Course contents tab. Then click on the first item and complete it. You can move through the course at your own pace, stopping and returning to where you left off anytime.
    5. To avoid technical problems, use CHROME. Do not use Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer does not work well with this site.
    6. If you need assistance, please e-mail your questions to educate@ahca.org. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

    © 2022 American Health Care Association. All rights reserved. 

    All Grief, Trauma, & The Impact of COVID-19 on Residents & Staff materials subject to this copyright may be photocopied or distributed for the purpose of nonprofit or educational advancement. The use, photocopying, and distribution for commercial purposes of any of these materials is expressly prohibited without the prior written permission of American Health Care Association.

    How can an organization group register and pay?

    AHCA offers the following discount structure for groups: 

    • 5-9 - $10 off each
    • 10-19 - $15 off each
    • 20 or more - $20 off each
    To register by Check, follow these instructions:
    • Email educate@ahca.org to request a payment form. A representative at this email address will forward to you a payment form and spreadsheet. 
    • Both payment form and spreadsheet detailing individual registrants should be returned to educate@ahca.org.
    • The payment form along with full payment should be remitted to AHCA/NCAL, ATTN: Finance Department, 1201 L Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005.
    • Once payment is confirmed and registrant information has been processed, individual registrants will receive an e-mail from educate@ahca.org with information to access the Grief, Trauma, & The Impact of COVID-19 on Residents & Staff Training.

    Please contact educate@ahca.org if you have any questions.

    When purchasing online with credit card, follow the instructions below. Please note, this option is for groups with less than 5. The discount noted above will not apply.

    Please use Google Chrome for the best user experience. One individual can purchase multiple registrations for more participants by adding them to their cart during the checkout process. Please note, for this option to work, every participant will need to have an ahcancalED account first. 

    To add several participants, please click the green button in the cart that says: 

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    You will then be able to search for more than one participant using their email address. If the person making payment should not have access to the course, then you can remove yourself by clicking the red "remove" button by your name.

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    *Payment Tip: The price of the training will be based on each registrant’s member type (member or non-member). please be sure when you are paying with a credit card the bill-to and shipping address are the same* 

    If you need assistance, please email educate@ahca.org

  • Contains 2 Component(s)

    The COVID_19 pandemic has challenged infection prevention and control practices. This course will review how COVID-19 spreads, what signs and symptoms of COVID-19 are, and report illness. It will review what your role is in reporting suspicions of respiratory illness. It will review the basics of infection prevention and control practices including the future of infection prevention and control. The Cost is $500 for AHCA/NCAL Members.

    The COVID_19 pandemic has challenged infection prevention and control practices.  This course will review how COVID-19 spreads, what signs and symptoms of COVID-19 are, and report illness.  It will review what your role is in reporting suspicions of respiratory illness.  It will review the basics of infection prevention and control practices including the future of infection prevention and control. 

    This course is appropriate for all people who work in nursing homes, assisted living, and ID/DD facilities. 

    Learning Objectives:

    • Discuss what COVID-19 is
    • Identify signs and symptoms of COVID-19
    • Explain your role in reporting suspicions of COVID-19
    • Discuss basics of infection prevention and control practices
    • Examine the future of infection prevention and control
    Cost: $350 AHCA/NCAL Members Only

    Facility registration includes a one-year facility subscription option with unlimited use.  Facilities will use one individual's login to access the material throughout the year that may viewed individually or in small groups as part of staff in-service trainings.   

    Each facility subscription registration runs 12 months from the date the course is first opened. 

    No CEs available are available for this course.  


    © 2022 American Health Care Association. All rights reserved. 

    All Basics of Infection Prevention & Control in the Post-COVID-19 World materials subject to this copyright may be photocopied or distributed for the purpose of nonprofit or educational advancement. The use, photocopying, and distribution for commercial purposes of any of these materials is expressly prohibited without the prior written permission of American Health Care Association.

    Pamela Truscott, MSN, RN, DNS-CT, QCP

    Senior Manager, Clinical and Regulatory Services with the American Health Care Association

    Pamela Truscott, MSN, RN, DNS-CT, QCP is the Senior Manager, Clinical and Regulatory Services with the American Health Care Association (AHCA).  She joined the AHCA family in June 2019 and has been actively involved with a variety of education, tools and resources such as: trauma-informed care, behavioral health, functional outcomes improvement, and infection prevention and control.  Prior to joining AHCA, Pam worked for the Nebraska Health Care Association as the Vice President of Professional Development for seven years.  She is an active member in the American Nurses Association as well as the American Association of Post-Acute Care Nurses.  Pam has over 20 years of long-term care experience and shares a passion for growing education and cultivating new leaders in long-term care.  

    Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO) Version 2

    $450 AHCA/NCAL Members | $650 Non-Members   REGISTER HERE

    AHCA Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO) is a specialized course of study for healthcare professionals who desire to serve as Infection Preventionists (IPs) as established in the CMS Reform of Requirements of Participation for Long Term Care Facilities. Through this program, individuals will be specially trained to effectively implement and manage an Infection Prevention and Control Program in a nursing center.

    It addresses both clinical and organizational systems, processes and cultural aspects of infection prevention and control which are fundamental to effectively leading and administering a center’s Infection Prevention & Control program. 

    5 ANCC approved contact hours and 22 NAB approved CEs are available upon completion.

    Infection Prevention and Control Core Practices for Managing COVID-19

    Free to AHCA/NCAL members   REGISTER HERE 

    This package includes six action briefs that focus on five key areas in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Action briefs are designed to be quick references to help long-term care providers with meaningful implementation and tips. Please reach out to AHCA/NCAL at covid19@ahca.org with any questions.

    Infection Prevention & Control in the Post-COVID-19 World

    $199 AHCA/NCAL Member | $249 Non-Member    REGISTER HERE 

    Intended for Nurses, Administrators, Nursing Home Leadership/Management (Clinical & Non-Clinical Leaders). 3 NAB approved CEs are available upon completion.

    3 NAB approved CEs are available upon completion and 3 contact hours for nurses through the Iowa Board of Nursing.

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