The Savvy Caregiver in Indian Country Trainer’s Manual is a product of the National Minority Aging Organization Technical Assistance Center for the Development of Dementia Care Resources for American Indians and Alaska Natives at the National Indian Council on Aging.
The manual is designed for savvy trainers working with American Indian and Alaska Native caregivers who care for an elder with memory loss and thinking problems (dementia).
One of the main themes of the Savvy Caregiver in Indian Country Trainer’s Manual is to teach caregivers to know the stage of dementia corresponding to their loved one’s functioning. Knowing how to determine the stage allows the caregiver to use activates and tasks that fit the elder’s changing abilities. This results in more hours of “contented involvement” for the elder and much less upset. Also, through this training, caregivers have a better quality of life and are not as easily stressed because the elder is involved in daily life in ways that fit their changing abilities.
Orientation and Using the Manual
An introduction to the Savvy Caregiver in Indian Country Trainer’s Manual.
Savvy Program Overview
Learn the theoretical basis of the Savvy Caregiver Program and what it seeks to accomplish.
Culture and Caregiving
Learn cultural insights that Savvy Caregiver Trainers must understand in order to customize the program to Native groups.
Structure and Format of the Savvy Classes
Learn about how the Savvy Caregiver Program is structured.
Family First in Indian Country
Learn about the role of the Native family in caring for elders with memory loss.
Benefits of Taking the Savvy Training
Find basic information to inform people about the benefits of taking the Savvy Caregiver Training Program.