CARE U for Direct Care Staff

Our CARE U Trainers are people 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
  • Will attend a two-day Train-the-Trainer session at UW–Madison on December 14 and 15, 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

Please note that the CARE U Trainer application has closed, and applicants have been notified of their status. We will be seeking support to be able to offer this program again.

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

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.

Agenda for CARE U Train-the-Trainer session at UW–Madison, December 14 and 15, 2020

  • 8:30 am start: Breakfast & registration
  • Adult education & direct care staff education needs
  • Bringing CARE U conferences home
  • Lunch
  • CARE U conference topics – each will address learning objectives, common learner questions, additional resources, and active learning exercises, with time for discussion
    • Putting the person in person-centered care
    • Caring for people living with dementia
    • Aging and vision
    • Maintaining older adult mobility
    • Nutrition and swallowing
    • Understanding pain
  • Review plan for day two; end at 4:30 pm
  • 8:00 am start: Breakfast & set up
  • Direct care workers arrive & register
  • Conference for direct care staff, led by CARE faculty with Trainer assistance
    • Putting the person in person-centered care
    • Caring for people living with dementia
    • Aging and vision
    • Lunch
    • Maintaining older adult mobility
    • Nutrition and swallowing
    • Understanding pain
    • Conference participant surveys
  • Trainer debrief & next steps; end at 5:00 pm

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.