Alzheimer's Disease Services Curriculum

Public Act 100-1074 – Alzheimer’s Services Curriculum

Public Act 100-1074 amended the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias Services Act to require the Illinois Department of Public Health compile and publish a list of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias (AD/ADRD) services curriculum on the Department’s website.

The Act requires staff with direct access to clients with AD/ADRD hired after the adoption of rules implementing this Act shall complete a minimum of 6 hours of initial training in the first 60 days of employment using an AD/ADRD services curriculum compiled by the Department. Upon the adoption of rules implementing this Act – 1) staff with direct access to clients with dementia shall receive 3 hours of advanced training on caring for individuals with AD/ADRD each year, 2) AD/ADRD services program employers shall maintain training records and make them available to the Department on request, and 3) a manager, supervisor, or person with the chief responsibility of oversight of AD/ADRD services within an entity shall complete an AD/ADRD services curriculum from a list compiled by the Department or have 5 years of experience as a director of an AD/ADRD services program.

Programs covered by the Act include, but are not limited to, health care facilities licensed or certified by the Assisted Living and Shared Housing Act; Nursing Home Care Act; Home Health, Home Services, and Home Nursing Agency Licensing Act; and Hospice Program Licensing Act.

The Act specifies the staff and entities to which these requirements do not apply.

Alzheimer's disease and related dementias services curriculum

Public Act 100-1074 states the AD/ADRD services curriculum must include at a minimum the following topics:

  • understanding dementia
  • effectively communicating with individuals with dementia:
  • assisting individuals with dementia in performing activities of daily living:
  • problem solving with individuals with dementia who exhibit challenging behavior:
  • fundamentals of dementia care:
  • safe environments: and
  • managing the activities of individuals with dementia.

If there is a training program which is certified by a national accrediting organization and meets the criteria listed but it is not included here, please email information about the program to DPH.AlzCurriculum@illinois.gov.  In your email, please identify which national organization certified the training, confirm the curriculum meets all the requirements listed above, and provide an outline of the curriculum.

The following training programs meet the requirements of the Act:

The training organization will provide a certificate of completion to each participant. There is no required form for the training certificate, but each certificate should contain at least the following information:

  1. Name of the trainer or training organization.
  2. Date training completed.
  3. The topics covered in the training.