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First Responders Receive "Insider" Look Into Life With Dementia

By:  Mary Owen
Boomer & Senior News

Local first responders are becoming dementia-savvy, thanks to a unique trainign program through ComForCare.

"While we provide care for individuals of any age, seniors make up the bulk of our client base," said Lauren Heinatz, transitions director and trainer for the classes.  "Age is one of the biggest risk factors for most types of dementia to develop.  With our aging population and people living longer, we as a nation, including our local community, have reached a crisis point."

Heinatz says currently more than 5 million people are diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in the United States.

"That figure is expected to more than triple by 2050," she adds.  Alzheimer's is the number one cause of dementia.  There are many other dementias such as Lewy Body, Vascular and Parkinson's disease with dementia."

Salem's ComForCare Home Care owner John Hughes takes this reality very seriously and believes first responders need specialized training to work effectively and quickly with people who have dementia, Heinatz says.

Hughes and Heinatz both became certified dementia instructors through the National Certification Board of Alzheimer's Care training program.

The National Certification Board for Alzheimer Care announces 2016 Certified Alzheimer Educator (CAEd) certificants

The National Certification Board for Alzheimer Care (NCBAC™) today announces 2016 Certified Alzheimer Educator (CAEd): John Hughes and Lauren Heinatz.

The NCBAC™ is an allied healthcare board certification organization, which confers two national credentials and maintains a Registry for Certified Alzheimer Caregiver (CAC) and Certified Alzheimer Educator (CAEd).

Board certification is a voluntary, credentialing procedure that attempts to validate the competence of Alzheimer Caregivers and Educators founded on practice-based knowledge and application of that knowledge.

NCBAC™ certification programs adhere to Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing co-published by the American Educational Research Association, American Psychological Association and the National Council of Measurement in Education (AERA, APA, NCME); accreditation standards established by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) as well as the American National Standards Institute (ANSI); Guidelines for Computer Based Testing from the Association of Test Publishers (ATP); and best practicies for fair testing.

John Hughes is a professional who can explain dementia to the public and/or train healthcare professionals who offer direct care to person with dementia.  CAEd understand the disease; how to provide care; and know effective methods for imparting information to adults.  In addition to providing education and training in dementia care, the CAEd often serves in a supervisory capacity in home healthcare, adult day care, hospice, assisted living facilities and nursing homes.  They possess expert knowledge and understanding of the special needs and circumstances of this growing population.

Local Healthcare Leader Receives Rare Certification Specializing in Avoiding Unnecessary Hospitalization

The National Readmission Prevention Collaborative (NRPC) announced today that ComForCare Home Care has successfully completed its certification program and has earned the rare distinction of Nationally Certified Readmission Partner (NCRP).  ComForCare Home Care is one of the first healthcare organizations in the state to receive this prestigious honor, held in high regard by leading acute hospitals who are now penalized financially if patients are admitted unnecessarily to the hospital.

"This is quite an accomplishment for any healthcare organization, as it requires extensive knowledge of the healthcare sector, as well as a commitment to prioritizing the patient's needs over financial incentives as directed in the Affordable Care Act," said Josh Luke, Founder and President of the National Readmission Prevention Collaborative.  Luke, a veteran hospital CEO, went on to say "Health care leaders who make a commitment to become certified are true pioneers in patient centered care, and are leading the way in their local community by educating others on the importance of this issue.  Many NCRP teams have seen a growth in relationships and referrals from local hospitals as a result of becoming certified and sharing this valuable knowledge with other healthcare professionals."

The certification is available to any individual or team who works in healthcare, residential care or wellness.  The NRPC has a special program for healthcare students as well.  More information on the certification and NCRP can be found at

"We are proud to become certified and believe it is an honor to bring this expertise to our local community," said John Hughes (Owner/Administrator).  "Making sure patients remain healthy and are safe in their homes is a priority for our company, and this program positions us to be that resource for our local community."

ComForcare Salem sponsors the 2014 Dementia Symposium with Dr. Al Power:

"Dementia Beyond Disease: Enhancing Well-being"
This comprehensive program is designed for family caregivers and professional staff who serve those with dementia.  Go to to register and get more information.  Read more.
Silverton resident opens ComForcare Home Care™ business December 5, 2012
Salem, Oregon – After a 23 year career, John Hughes decided to start a Home Care business to improve the lives of families in the local community. In April 2012, he opened ComForcare Home Care, which provides non-medical home care services to seniors and other individuals who need assistance in Marion, Linn, Benton, Polk, & Yamhill counties. Read More

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