The Avila Institute of Gerontology has developed several programs to enrich the expertise and skill level of long-term care professionals and caregivers working with the elderly, including those who are on a new path or those looking to refresh their skill set. The Dementia and Behavior Management Training programs are group trainings that are designed to educate care staff and teach the leadership team to successfully implement and sustain the program. All Avila Institute programs are available to long-term care professionals and caregivers who seek further knowledge on Geriatric Spiritual Care, Palliative Care, Carmelite Mission and Leadership.

Dementia Care Training Program

Developed for those who care for residents with cognitive impairment, including different forms of dementia and Alzheimer's, this training program educates participants about the diseases that cause memory impairment and how best to care for those affected by them.

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Behavior Management Training Program

This program educates staff and program leaders on how to proactively manage challenging or disruptive behaviors that may be exhibited by elders, specifically those who suffer from memory impairments. It also guides the leadership team through an implementation plan for continued success.

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Geriatric Spiritual Care (GSC) Certificate Program

The GSC program is for individuals who seek to refresh their skills in geriatric spiritual care or are changing careers and need a foundation to care for the spiritual needs of the elderly.

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Palliative Care Certificate Program

Currently in the final stages of development, the Palliative Care Certificate program will expand on a caregivers knowledge on the best practices for caring for the whole person. The program includes classroom and clinical experiences.

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Roots of Caring: Leadership for Mission

This Leadership program is applicable to staff employed at facilities served by the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm. Education is focused on the Mission of the Sisters, Catholic Healthcare, and topics in Leadership Formation.

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Path to Leadership

Collaborating with St. Joseph's College in Maine, this online certificate program was established to further enhance leadership skills in a mission oriented setting. The program incorporates the charism of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm.

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