Healthcare Innovation: Julia DeLoia on the Benefits of OpusVi's Programs for Senior Care Professionals

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Brenda Silva of Healthcare Innovation shared information about our Essentials of Person-Centered Memory Care program. Check out an excerpt of the article below or view the full piece here.

Backed by CommonSpirit Health, Providence Health, and Premier, Inc., OpusVi is a leader in targeted efforts to better equip senior care professionals with programs designed to improve the health of people living with dementia. OpusVi’s chief academic officer, Julia DeLoia, recently spoke via email with Healthcare Innovation about the origins of the Essentials of Person-Centered Memory Care program and the impact it is having on the healthcare industry.

What was the origin of this program, and what were the core needs that stimulated its creation?

The Covid-19 pandemic took a severe toll on the senior care sector, leaving providers struggling to hire, train and retain workers. Frontline care staff turnover in senior care facilities far exceeded turnover in other healthcare roles. Supervisors were being tasked with training a very transient workforce, in addition to their other duties. As a result, workers were receiving inadequate and inconsistent training, which impacted quality of care. 

As a solution to the training challenges, OpusVi created the Essentials of Person-Centered Memory Care program; an 18-hour online training program to orient learners in the care of persons living with dementia. Through this program, organizations can provide more consistent and deeper training, lighten the burden of training on managers and supervisors, and empower the learners to be more confident in their roles, ultimately leading to less turnover. 

To read the full piece, click here.