Registration Now Open for the Advanced CNA Academy

Register now for this free, two-day training. It will provide comprehensive training for nursing facility certified nurse aides, helping them to understand their role in the nursing facility and learn more about how to care for the geriatric population.

Upcoming Dates and Locations
Nov. 15-16 – San Antonio
Dec. 5-6 – Edinburg

Visit the conference web page for more information and additional conference dates. Email questions to QMP@hhsc.state.tx.us.

Texas OASIS HCBS Dementia Training Course Now Online!

Between December 2017 and May 2018, Dr. Susan Wehry and quality monitoring program (QMP) staff presented the Texas OASIS HCBS Dementia Training for home and community based providers in nine regional locations across the state. Attendees included but were not limited to providers from ALFs, DAHS, group homes, adult foster care as well as family caregivers.

In collaboration with Dr. Wehry, the Texas OASIS HCBS Dementia Training Academy curriculum has been converted to a computer based training, and is now available here. The computer based training provides the same content presented during the regional conferences, including:

  • Self-paced lessons for all levels of experience.
  • Warm-up exercises at the beginning of each lesson.
  • Wrap-up sections at the end of each lesson.
  • In-depth information to satisfy legislative staffing requirements for facilities that provide care to people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
  • Innovative methods and tools to care for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia, enabling them to remain in the community.
  • The information needed to provide competent and compassionate person-centered care to people with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

Chapter 326 of the Texas Health and Safety Code mandates training for staff who provide direct care to people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. The facility types impacted by this requirement include:

  • Nursing facilities
  • Continuing care facilities
  • ALFs
  • DAHS
  • Adult foster Care provider
  • Community homes for people with disabilities
  • Residential facilities for people with disabilities or older adults

Email questions to QMP@hhsc.state.tx.us.

Phase IV of the Center for Excellence in Aging Services and Long-Term Care now available

This phase of the project focuses on caring for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

The Center for Excellence in Long Term Care is a partnership between HHSC and The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing. The Center offers a web-based platform for the delivery of best practices, with a focus on geriatrics and disabilities.

The content on the website has been adapted to meet the educational needs of a variety of professionals who provide care to residents of long term care facilities in Texas. To access the educational content, free registration is required.

In addition, the Center periodically hosts live presentations, on a variety of topics related to geriatrics, disabilities and long-term care. Recordings of those presentations are available on the website as well.