CARE U for Direct Care Staff

We are looking for CARE U trainers who:

  • Teach or provide staff development, maybe as a nursing home staff educator, community health worker, CNA program instructor or nursing faculty
  • Are located across Wisconsin, with preference given to applicants outside of metro areas
  • Can attend a two-day train-the-trainer session at UW–Madison on June 2 and 3, 2020
  • Will work with other trainers in their area to offer CARE U local conferences
  • Will develop a plan to keep offering CARE U conferences, working with their employer and other local trainers

We encourage—but do not require—applicants to list the name of three people in their area who are also applying to become CARE U trainers. We do this so applicants find others who can be part of a local CARE U trainer team. If you’re not sure who else in your area might be interested, talk to people at your workplace, local hospitals, home care or long term care organizations, Aging and Disability Resource Center or senior centers, technical colleges or CNA training programs. Please note that each person fills out their own CARE U trainer application.

Apply to become a CARE U trainer

Read about our direct care staff conference in Monroe, Wisconsin.

If the information on this page, including the FAQ (below), doesn’t answer your questions, contact us at care@son.wisc.edu or (608) 265-4330

Direct care staff participants in CARE conferences say:

There was not a thing that I wasn’t interested in. It was an excellent event! Even the simple tips. I told my manager some and she said, wow. … There’s not a lot of information out there for CNAs to grab onto.

I feel very lucky to have attended and can’t wait to take what I’ve learned and apply it to my residents.

Draft agenda for CARE U train-the-trainer session at UW–Madison, June 2 and 3, 2020

  • Adult learning and direct care staff educational needs
  • CARE U conference topics
    • Aging and vision
    • Caring for people living with dementia
    • Maintaining older adult mobility
    • Nutrition and swallowing
    • Putting the person in person-centered care
    • Understanding pain
  • Active learning exercise stations
  • Sustainability plan and planning local CARE U conferences
  • Trainer roles
  • Conference for direct care staff, led by CARE faculty with trainer assistance
    • Aging and vision
    • Caring for people living with dementia
    • Maintaining older adult mobility
    • Nutrition and swallowing
    • Putting the person in person-centered care
    • Understanding pain
  • Trainer debrief and next steps

Thanks to the Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment for their generous support of the CARE U train-the-trainer program to expand educational opportunities for direct care staff across Wisconsin.