Title Training – ADRD
Statute or Rule 58A-5.0191(9) FAC

(9) ALZHEIMER ‘ S DISEASE AND RELATED DISORDERS ( ” ADRD ” ) TRAINING REQUIREMENTS. Facilities which advertise that they provide special care for persons with ADRD, or who maintain secured areas as described in Chapter 4, Section 434.4.6 of the Florida Building Code, as adopted in Rule 9N-1.001, F.A.C., Florida Building Code Adopted, must ensure that facility staff receives the following training.
(a) Facility staff who have regular contact with or provide direct care to residents with ADRD shall obtain 4 hours of initial training within 3 months of employment. Completion of the core training program between April 20, 1998, and July 1, 2003, shall satisfy this requirement. Facility staff who meet the requirements for ADRD training providers under paragraph (g) of this subsection will be considered as having met this requirement. ” Staff who have regular contact ” means staff who interact on a daily basis with residents but do not provide direct care to residents. Initial training, entitled ” Alzheimer ‘ s Disease and Related Disorders Level I Training, ” must address the following subject areas:
1. Understanding Alzheimer ‘ s disease and related disorders;
2. Characteristics of Alzheimer ‘ s disease;
3. Communicating with residents with Alzheimer ‘ s disease;
4. Family issues;
5. Resident environment; and
6. Ethical issues.
(b) Staff who have received both the initial one hour and continuing three hours of ADRD training pursuant to Sections 400.1755, 429.917, and 400.6045(1), F.S., shall be considered to have met the initial assisted living facility Alzheimer ‘ s Disease and Related Disorders Level I Training.
(c) Facility staff who provide direct care to residents with ADRD must obtain an additional 4 hours of training, entitled ” Alzheimer ‘ s Disease and Related Disorders Level II Training, ” within 9 months of employment. Facility staff who meet the requirements for ADRD training providers under paragraph (g) of this subsection will be considered as having met this requirement. Alzheimer ‘ s Disease and Related Disorders Level II Training must address the following subject areas as they apply to these disorders:
1. Behavior management;
2. Assistance with ADLs;
3. Activities for residents;
4. Stress management for the caregiver; and
5. Medical information.
(d) A detailed description of the subject areas that must be included in an ADRD curriculum which meets the requirements of paragraphs (a) and (b) of this subsection can be found in the document ” Training Guidelines for the Special Care of Persons with Alzheimer ‘ s Disease and Related Disorders, ” dated March 1999, incorporated by reference, available from the Department of Elder Affairs, 4040 Esplanade Way, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-7000. (e) Direct care staff shall participate in 4 hours of continuing education annually as required under Section 429.178, F.S. Continuing education received under this paragraph may be used to meet 3 of the 12 hours of continuing education required by Section 429.52, F.S., and subsection (1) of this rule, or 3 of the 6 hours of continuing education for extended congregate care required by subsection (7) of this rule. (f) Facility staff who have only incidental contact with residents with ADRD must receive general written information provided by the facility on interacting with such residents, as required under Section 429.178, F.S., within three (3) months of employment. ” Incidental contact ” means all staff who neither provide direct care nor are in regular contact with such residents.
(g) Persons who seek to provide ADRD training in accordance with this subsection must provide the department or its designee with documentation that they hold a Bachelor ‘ s degree from an accredited college or university or hold a license as a registered nurse, and:
1. Have 1-year teaching experience as an educator of caregivers for persons with Alzheimer ‘ s disease or related disorders; or
2. Three years of practical experience in a program providing care to persons with Alzheimer ‘ s disease or related disorders; or
3. Completed a specialized training program in the subject matter of this program and have a minimum of two years of practical experience in a program providing care to persons with Alzheimer ‘ s disease or related disorders.
(h) With reference to requirements in the paragraph.
(g), a Master ‘ s degree from an accredited college or university in a subject related to the content of this training program can substitute for the teaching experience. Years of teaching experience related to the subject matter of this training program may substitute on a year-by-year basis for the required Bachelor ‘ s degree referenced in paragraph (g).

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