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Belinda Vierthaler, LMSW, LACHA

Belinda is a Licensed Master Social Worker and licensed Administrator. She has worked as an Administrator in skilled nursing and assisted living communities and served as the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman under the administrations of Governor Parkinson and Governor Brownback. She developed the Administrator-In-Training program and taught the assisted living operators course at Johnson County Community College. Currently, she is the Director of GERTI, the education branch of Evergreen Living Innovations, Inc.

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About this Course

Working with people with dementia is rewarding and challenging.  This course is designed to teach caregivers how to create an environment where people with dementia and the people working with them can thrive.  CMS is now requiring that skilled nursing communities analyze behavior health care, which includes dementia.  This course presents ways in which caregivers can promote a dementia-friendly environment by looking at the whole person.  The course also briefly discusses mental health and long-term care residents.  Individualizing care for people with dementia, with an emphasis on non-pharmacological interventions will be defined.