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Administrator Becomes a Dementia Care Specialist

Chris GruszeczkiSaint Simeon’s Administrator, Chris Gruszeczki, recently went through a training in St. Louis to become a Dementia Capable Caregiver and a Dementia Capable Trainer. The training, put on by CPI Dementia Care Specialists, looks at dementia in regards to an individual’s ability to function.

The program evaluates a person’s BATF – best ability to function. One part of the course discusses the theory of retrogenesis – that people with Alzheimer’s tend to lose their functions in the same order they gained them as children. “They are still an adult, but they can’t necessarily function the way they used to,” Gruszeczki said.

The end result of the program is to develop more person-centered care. “It means that the Resident is the most important component of the care team,” Gruszeczki said.

Gruszeczki plans to provide the 8-hour training to all of Saint Simeon’s staff over time. She will also be offering an abbreviated version of the training to Saint Simeon’s family members. Stay tuned for more details!

This training will help Saint Simeon’s become an even better memory care/Alzheimer’s care community!

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