Wednesday, November 18, 2009
an old dog learns new tricks!
Have been teaching a course to care givers about caring for people with diseases that have dementia as a symptom (usually that's Alzheimer's disease but there are some 40 other diseases with that component). Because there are so many who need the training and I wish to 1) not strip the units of staff and 2) not drive over time through the roof - decided to give the 8 hour training in 16 ~ 1/2 hour sessions. It is soooo interesting to see how it is working. It means stretching a course normally done in one long day or perhaps two 4 hour days into snippets. The enthusiasm is higher among the participants. People are actually amazed that time passes so quickly. There is less time for questions but we manage to get a few in and no one stares off into space or falls asleep. :-) I'm betting I will see higher retention rates. If individuals only retain 15 minutes worth of an hour lecture ~ so 25% retention, might these folks retain 50% or more with a half hour lecture? The tricky part for me is to stop at the same spot for each session so people can get to the next part regardless of which day it is given. Had to rewrite my entire course and put it all on index cards: part A on Mondays and Tuesday in 4 half hour sessions and Part B on Wednesday and Thrusdays. So far 42 people have attended class one with no over time and no short staffing on a care unit. Pretty cool. Will complete the entire course sometime in the beginning in Juanuary. It will be so interesting to see the test results! Now my voice just has to hold up!