From Forbes McIntosh – WALA Lobbyist
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh recently completed a federal pilot project, Caregiver Training on Abuse and Neglect Prevention Project, funded and administered through the federal Administration on Aging. This project was also partially funded by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Wisconsin’s state survey agency.
This project includes almost 30 hours of highly-interactive, multi-media training material developed to reduce abuse and neglect in long-term care facilities. The material was delivered to long-term care trainers, supervisors and managers through a series of train-the-trainer workshops held throughout Wisconsin between 2008 and 2012.
The goals of this training project were that at least 80% of participants in train-the-trainer events would report the following:
- The training would/did increase caregivers’ awareness of potential abuse and neglect
- The training would/did improve professional interpersonal skills in at least one of the following the areas: communication, observing professional boundaries or maintaining professional demeanor and
- The training would/did give caregivers tools that enhanced their ability to interact positively in challenging situations with residents or clients. Data was collected through immediate post-workshop and 3-month post-workshop evaluations.
The actual outcomes of the project exceeded the expected goals.