Certified Dementia Practitioner - What Does It Mean and Why Does It Matter?

There are an estimated 5.5 million Americans currently living with Alzheimer's disease, affecting 1 in 10 people aged 65 or older (Source: https://www.alz.org/facts).

Those on the front lines of the fight against the disease face unique challenges that require an understanding of the disease's symptoms, treatments, and how it affects the lives of people living with it.

One of the organizations involved in the fight is The National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners or NCCDP, a global leader in dementia education and certification for healthcare professionals. The mission of the NCCDP is to promote, encourage, and enhance the knowledge, skills and practice of all persons who provide care and services to dementia clients by means of requiring excellent standards of education, dementia specific training, and incentives for professional development of those who are dedicated to the ever growing field of dementia care.

The NCCDP administers the Certified Dementia Practitioner® (CDP®) program, a certification that indicates a health care professional has received comprehensive knowledge in the area of dementia care,  has completed the Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care course and seminar, and met the NCCDP certification requirements. A CDP® certification reflects a deep personal commitment on the part of the health care professional, inspiring confidence and dedication in an individual's professional knowledge through quality of life and quality of care provided to dementia patients.

Companion Home Care is a home health care provider in Roanoke, VA that specializes in home care for people with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Companion Home Care owner Michelle Belton has been caring for people with Alzheimer's disease since 2004 and became a Certified Dementia Practitioner® in 2010.

"I really enjoyed the educational component of the process and the resources provided by the organization. Having the CDP® certification shows potential clients and their families that Companion Home Care is serious about providing the best possible care for our home care clients by staying up-to-date on the latest dementia research and care methods," said Belton.

To learn more about home care services for Roanoke area seniors, visit https://www.companionhomecareofva.com/