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Newsletter | Spring 2018
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Spring 2018   |   Issue 5

WALA Spring Conference

The Wisconsin Caregiver Academy will be exhibiting at the WALA Spring Conference, March 15, booth #318. Please stop by and visit us for a chance to win a door prize and to find out more about WCA.  We offer train-the-trainer classes as well as additional courses on topics that effect assisted living caregivers such as: Falls, Dementia, Nonverbal Communication and Resident Rights. 

Implementation of HCBS Settings Rule in DQA Regulated Assisted Living Facilities

Effective, January 1, 2018, under an agreement with the Department of Health Services (DHS), Division of Medicaid Services (DMS), and the Division of Quality Assurance (DQA), the Bureau of Assisted Living (BAL) will begin inspecting DQA-regulated assisted living facilities to ensure ongoing compliance with the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) settings rule. One of the most prevalent additions that is not covered in the state code is the "Initial and annual resident rights training for everyone paid and unpaid - no exemptions or prior training at other facilities will apply". This information is located on page 8 of the following document:  P-01826

The Wisconsin Caregiver Academy is offering a train-the-trainer on Resident Rights, which will help Assisted Living facilities to remain in compliance with the HCBS Setting Rule. Attendees will leave with DHS 83.21 required resident rights curriculum for staff training. The course will take place on October 4 in Grafton.  For more information or to register, visit our website

Dementia/Alzheimer's Bills

The Wisconsin state Assembly voted in favor of the following bills related to Dementia and Alzheimer's.  Click on each of the links for further information.

  • Assembly Bill 628: Silver alert referral. This bill requires a law enforcement agency that has issued an alert for a missing adult at risk, commonly known as a "Silver Alert," to refer the person making the report and any guardian of the missing person to a local aging and disability resource center. If the subject of such an alert was driving a vehicle when he or she was reported missing, this bill also requires the law enforcement agency to notify the Department of Transportation. If DOT receives such a notification, DOT must review the driver's license of the person to determine if restrictions should be imposed on the person's license for the safety of the person or the public.
  • Assembly Bill 629Uniform adult guardianship jurisdiction.  This bill incorporates the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act into Wisconsin law with some modifications. Generally, the bill addresses court jurisdiction for guardianships of adults.
  • Assembly Bill 630: Dementia specialist certification. The bill would prohibit people from using the term "dementia specialist' without obtaining a certification. Under adopted amendments, relevant training or experience could be allowed in lieu of participation in an instructional program to allow for certification. 
  • Assembly Bill 632Alzheimer's awareness grants. This bill requires the Department of Health Services to award up to $500,000 in grants to increase awareness of Alzheimer's disease and dementia in rural and underserved urban areas.
Each of these bills need to be brought to the state Senate for approval.

New in 2018: Leadership and Employee Development Four Course Series New Course

UW-Green Bay's Wisconsin Caregiver Academy is offering its first “Leadership Development Series” with an emphasis on person-centered care.  All courses listed in this series will count towards your 24 hours of National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Board (NAB) continuing education renewal requirements. Special pricing is offered when taking four courses in this series.  The four courses include:

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Unlocking the Puzzle:
Finding Solutions in Falls Prevention and other Frequent Challenges

May 10, 2018
Learn More and Register
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Improve and Dementia Care - Learning to say "Yes And" instead of No

August 16, 2018
 Green Bay
Learn More and Register
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Nonverbal Communication: Discover the Blueprint to Better Communication with Staff and Residents

June 7, 2018
 Green Bay
Learn More and Register
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Respecting Resident Rights and Preventing CBRF Violations

October 4, 2018
Learn More and Register

For state-approved trainers 

  • Medication Administration – Sept 11, 2018
  • Standard Precautions – Sept 12, 2018
  • Fire Safety – Sept 13, 2018
Instructor approval status is good for a maximum of two years.  At your renewal time, if you originally applied using a “train-the-trainer” option, you must present documentation of continuing education hours.  The Wisconsin Caregiver Academy only offers continuing education courses once a year.  Register now to reserve a spot in the September 2018 courses in Green Bay.

If you are unable to attend the September courses, or need continuing education prior to September, the Wisconsin Caregiver Academy also offers online training through Ed2Go


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