Training Highlights

Pre-Service Dementia Training is a required training for all adult foster home staff. Our training has been approved by the State of Oregon to meet the pre-service dementia training requirement for adult foster care homes. Note: if you have already taken pre-service dementia training previously, you do not need to re-take it; however, you can take this as an optional refresher.

  • Designed specifically for adult foster care home staff, including future licensees, administrators, resident managers, and other care staff.

  • Self-paced and flexible: The time commitment is 2.5 - 3 hours and you set your own schedule. Log in at any time of the day to work on the training.

  • Easy registration: click the registration button to register and start the training.

  • Open to all: whether you're in Oregon or in another state, you can register for this training.

Learn more about this training

  • Who is this training for?

    Pre-Service Dementia Training is a required training in Oregon for Aging & People with Disabilities (APD) adult foster care home licensees, co-licensees, administrators, resident managers, shift caregivers, and substitute caregivers. Our training is approved by the State of Oregon for all APD adult foster homes.

  • What will you learn?

    Participants will better understand how dementia affects individuals and their care needs, incorporate principles of person-centered care and provide a supportive care environment, meet the psychosocial needs of residents living with dementia, provide meaningful activities, understand care considerations for persons living with dementia, and recognize safety considerations.

  • How long is the training?

    This training is available online at your convenience and on-demand. The time commitment will be 2.5 - 3 hours. This training is taught by experienced professionals and former Alzheimer's Association staff.

Register for Training

Approved by Oregon DHS. Click "Register Now" to register for Pre-Service Dementia Training. Once you register, you can start at any time. You will have access for 45 days to complete the training.

What others are saying about this training

Reinforces person-centered care

January 2022 Pre-Service Dementia Participant

"Pre-Service Dementia training reinforces how important person-centered care is in an adult foster home."

Highly recommend this training

October 2021 Participant

"Training was great; learned a lot! Instructors are very knowledgeable...Highly recommended class/training."

Excellent training

October 2020 Participant

"The training was excellent the presentation was on point."

Keep teaching as a refresher course

October 2020 Participant

"This was a very educative course and needs to keep being taught even as a refresher course to the people already in the field."



Matthew Gannon

Matt is a communications coordinator & trainer with Oregon Care Home Consulting & Training. He has been a direct dementia care provider, manager, dementia trainer and consultant for the past 17 years. After serving in the Navy, Matt began working in long-term care and fell in love with dementia care. He spent six years as a CNA working in memory care and has also provided care in an adult foster home setting. Matt spent four years with the Alzheimer’s Association Oregon & SW Washington Chapter as a program coordinator. In this role, Matthew provided regular consultation to families facing dementia, and conducted dementia-related training around the state for both caregivers and first responders. Matt was also an instructor of the dementia care practice course at Portland Community College. Matt holds an undergraduate degree in human studies and gerontology from Marylhurst University. Additionally, he studied at the Marylhurst University Graduate School of Gerontology. Matt is a State-certified EQC instructor.

Lead Instructor

Alyssa Elting McGuire, MA, MPA

Alyssa's passion is helping adult care home staff connect their learning to real world experiences. Alyssa is the consulting and training director for Oregon Care Home Consulting & Training, which she founded in 2018. She is a former lead adult foster home licensor for Washington and Columbia Counties and spent eight years working in adult foster homes in both a regulatory and protective services capacity with the State of Oregon. Alyssa also worked as a program manager for the Alzheimer's Association Oregon & SW Washington Chapter, where she facilitated dementia training around the state. Alyssa holds a graduate degree in public administration & management from the University of Nebraska, and a graduate degree in educational leadership (adult education & training) from Portland State. Additionally, she has a gerontology-focused certificate of completion from the Univ. of Southern California. She is a State-certified Ensuring Quality Care (EQC) instructor.

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