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Vermont Assisted Living Regulations

Vermont
Assisted Living
Regulations

Nursing Home Administrator Continuing Education

Hours: 40 Hours
Frequency: Biennially

 

Biennial Renewal Requirements:

1. First Renewal: If a licensee is first licensed during the first 12 months of the biennium, the licensee shall complete at least 20 hours of continuing education for the first renewal. If a licensee is first licensed during the second year of the biennium, the licensee is not required to complete continuing education for the first renewal.

2. Subsequent renewals: For each subsequent renewal, a licensee shall accrue 40 hours of continuing education during the two-year period immediately preceding the date of license renewal.

Office of Professional Regulation Administrative Rules for Nursing Home Administrators 3.3

For more information visit Vermont Secretary of State.

CNA In-service Training

Hours: 12 Hours
Frequency: Annually

 

The in-service training must be sufficient to ensure the continuing competence of nurse aides, but must be no less than 12 hours per year.

The in-service training must address areas of weakness as determined in nurse aide’s performance reviews and may address special needs of residents as determined by the facility staff and for nurse aides providing services to individuals with cognitive impairments, also address the care of the cognitively impaired.

10.6

For more information visit Vermont Division of Licensing and Protection.

Dementia Unit Continuing Education

Hours: Topic Specific
Frequency: Quarterly

 

Ongoing in-service training shall be provided to all nursing and non-nursing staff, including volunteers, who have any direct contact with residents of the unit. Staff training shall occur at least quarterly.

Training over 12 months must include the following subjects:

1. Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, including but not limited to, possible causes, general statistics, risk factors, diagnosis, stages and symptoms, and current treatments and research trends;
2. Communication, including training related to communication losses that result with dementia, non-verbal techniques, techniques to enhance communication, validation as an approach, and environmental factors that affect communication;
3. Ways to create a therapeutic environment, including safety issues, effective strategies for providing care, background noise, staff behavior, and consistency;
4. Activity-focused care, including personal care, nutrition and dining, structured leisure, and sexuality;
5. Dealing with difficult behaviors, including but not limited to, strategies to deal with common behavioral issues such as wandering, sundowning, combativeness, paranoia and ignoring self-care; and
6. Family issues such as grief, loss education and support.

2.7

For more information visit Vermont Division of Licensing and Protection.

All Staff Continuing Education

Hours: 12 Hours
Frequency: Annually

 

There shall be at least twelve (12) hours of training each year for each staff person providing direct care to residents.

The training must include, but is not limited to, the following:
1. Resident rights;
2. Fire safety and emergency evacuation;
3. Resident emergency response procedures, such as the Heimlich maneuver, accidents, police or ambulance contact and first aid;
4. Policies and procedures regarding mandatory reports of abuse, neglect and exploitation;
5. Respectful and effective interaction with residents;
6. Infection control measures, including but not limited to, hand washing, handling of linens, maintaining clean environments, blood borne pathogens and universal precautions; and
7. General supervision and care of residents.

5.11

For more information visit Vermont Division of Licensing and Protection.
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