ARTICLE | CMS GUIDE MODEL

A Proven Caregiver Training & Education Program to Meet GUIDE Requirements


Announced last year, the CMS GUIDE model emphasizes the need for caregiver training and education, recognizing the impact this has on quality of care and patient outcomes. This training component is especially critical as many patients with dementia also suffer from co-existing conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and musculoskeletal disorders.

This intensifies the responsibility and burden placed on caregivers and can lead to exacerbated costs when those caregivers become burnt out by a lack of respite and proper support.

To date, our caregiver support platform has supported 13,000 care teams with each pillar of support CMS has identified as critical components of care delivery in the model, including caregiver training and education.

For years, our training and education content has empowered family caregivers with the knowledge, skills, and support they need.

Engagement & Trust With Family Care Teams

Our most popular and highly attended sessions focus on Alzheimer’s and dementia care, with topics including:

  • Long-Term Financial & Legal Planning
  • Managing Family Dynamics
  • Care Advocacy
  • Navigating Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care Journeys

Our Curriculum Approach

Our caregiver education and training curriculum has been crafted by our licensed Caregiver Navigator team. Their hands-on experience with caregivers informs the development of engaging and easy-to-understand content. The curriculum covers essential topics aligned with those identified by CMS as crucial for dementia caregivers, including:

  • Understanding Dementia
  • Effective Communication
  • Personal Care and Safety
  • Health and Nutrition
  • Mental Health and Emotional Support
  • Legal and Financial Planning
  • End-of-life Care
  • Caregiver Self-Care
  • Healthcare Advocacy
  • Case Studies and Practical Scenarios
 

The training requirements laid out in the GUIDE application are extensive. For many providers and entities applying to GUIDE, there are two options– building out a training program and process from scratch, within your organization, or partnering with an external vendor who has an existing training program in place, such as ianacare. The program’s language lays out specific requirements to ensure participants are offering comprehensive training programs. The expectation is that caregivers will have access to on-demand and live training content that is engaging vs. existing, static websites or brochures that caregivers and patients have not traditionally engaged with.

The training programs we offer are robust and require meaningful time and resources to maintain. Learn more about partnering with ianacare to fulfill GUIDE requirements, including caregiver training and support here.

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