Care Team Connect: Caregiver Training


  • Introductions & Icebreaker

Introducing Care Team Connect

Start the training session with caregivers by introducing yourself and explaining the purpose of the Care Team Connect program. If possible, share a story about an inspiring or creative care team. 

The purpose of the Care Team Connect program is to help caregivers make connections with clients through music and reminiscing.

Make sure that the caregivers understand that the focus is helping people with cognitive challenges feel engaged and connected to enjoyable memories. The tablet is simply a tool to help them personalize engagement.

PERSONAL STORIES

If you don’t have a personal story, feel free to borrow one of ours!

Debby's Story

Debby Dodds is the originator of the idea for Care Team Connect. Debby has been the primary caregiver for her mother Hazel, who is living with Alzheimer’s disease, for the last eight years. 

Debby and her mother’s caregivers get creative to help Hazel feel like herself. As a nature lover, Hazel enjoys spending time outside. When she’s not able to be outside, her care team often plays sounds of nature and scenic videos that help her feel calm and relaxed.

Hazel also loves spending time with family, but she does not see her children and grandchildren as often as she would like. Her caregivers help her stay connected by showing her pictures from family members and sharing stories from them. 

Michael's Story

Michael’s grandmother - affectionately known as “Bucky” - was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease several years ago. As expected, it’s been a long and challenging journey for the family.

As Bucky’s memory gets worse and conversation becomes increasingly challenge, we rely more on music and photos to engage Bucky. As the daughter of Polish immigrants, Bucky speaks Polish and adores famed Polish musician Bobby Vinton.

Michael and Bucky singing while taking a drive. 

As such, we play Bobby Vinton music during most visits or outings. She happily sings along, and is noticeably more alert, social, and upbeat, after we listen to her music.


Icebreaker Activity

Since the caregiver training session is designed to be interactive, it’s helpful to start with an icebreaker activity to get everyone involved. Do not feel limited to our suggestion for an icebreaker; get creative and make it your own.  

We choose the icebreaker question “what puts you in a mood good”. This question not only helps the group get to know each other, but it also encourages caregivers to contemplate their own engagement preferences.  

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Introducing Care Team Connect

Start the training session with caregivers by introducing yourself and explaining the purpose of the Care Team Connect program. If possible, share a story about an inspiring or creative care team. 

The purpose of the Care Team Connect program is to help caregivers make connections with clients through music and reminiscing.

Make sure that the caregivers understand that the focus is helping people with cognitive challenges feel engaged and connected to enjoyable memories. The tablet is simply a tool to help them personalize engagement.

PERSONAL STORIES

If you don’t have a personal story, feel free to borrow one of ours!

Debby's Story

Debby Dodds is the originator of the idea for Care Team Connect. Debby has been the primary caregiver for her mother Hazel, who is living with Alzheimer’s disease, for the last eight years.

Debby and her mother’s caregivers get creative to help Hazel feel like herself. As a nature lover, Hazel enjoys spending time outside. When she’s not able to be outside, her care team often plays sounds of nature and scenic videos that help her feel calm and relaxed.

Hazel also loves spending time with family, but she does not see her children and grandchildren as often as she would like. Her caregivers help her stay connected by showing her pictures from family members and sharing stories from them.

Michael's Story

Michael’s grandmother - affectionately known as “Bucky” - was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease several years ago. As expected, it’s been a long and challenging journey for the family.  

As Bucky’s memory gets worse and conversation becomes increasingly challenge, we rely more on music and photos to engage Bucky. As the daughter of Polish immigrants, Bucky speaks Polish and adores famed Polish musician Bobby Vinton.

As such, we play Bobby Vinton music during most visits or outings. She happily sings along, and is noticeably more alert, social, and upbeat, after we listen to her music.

Michael and Bucky singing while taking a drive. 


Icebreaker Activity

Since the caregiver training session is designed to be interactive, it’s helpful to start with an icebreaker activity to get everyone involved. Do not feel limited to our suggestion for an icebreaker; get creative and make it your own.  

We choose the icebreaker question “what puts you in a mood good”. This question not only helps the group get to know each other, but it also encourages caregivers to contemplate their own engagement preferences.  

Care Team Connect: Introductions & Icebreakers


  • Introductions & Icebreaker

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