About Oregon Care Partners

Oregon Care Partners helps caregivers improve the lives and care of aging Oregonians by providing access to no-cost, high-quality trainings in all corners of the state. Oregon Care Partners’ Caregiver Training Initiative offers no-cost, in-person and online training on topics including:

  • Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s and other related dementias;
  • Strategies to manage common challenging behaviors like anger and aggression;
  • Safe medication management to improve health outcomes and quality of life for aging Oregonians;
  • Specialized training for public safety workers on Alzheimer’s and other related dementias.

Established in 2014, Oregon Care Partners receives funding from the state of Oregon, and offers trainings in collaboration with many statewide long-term care and non-profit organizations who share a vision and concern for the quality of life and care of aging Oregonians. Through these partnerships, our pooled resources and expertise allow us to reach more caregivers than a single organization could reach alone.

Oregon Care Partners trainings are available to anyone living or working in the state of Oregon.  Family members, all levels of professional caregivers and members of the public are encouraged to register and share information about Oregon Care Partners with others who would benefit from these free quality trainings.

Oregon Care Partners 5 overarching goals:

  1. Improve the lives and care of Oregonian’s with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia (ADRD), challenging behaviors and complex medication regimes.
  2. Consistent, standardized, evidence-based curriculum tailored to each caregiving segment statewide.
  3. Grow a group of qualified trainers to create a sustainable support system and increase the number of training opportunities statewide.
  4. Create standards by building a review process for curriculum using evidence-based standards and measurements of success.
  5. Help the state by aligning programming with Oregon’s public policy, i.e. the State Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias in Oregon (SPADO) and ensure the state is prepared to respond to the growing need with appropriate and compassionate public health resources.

About the Oregon Caregiver Training Initiative

The Oregon Caregiver Training Initiative, funded by the state of Oregon, is a broad scale initiative designed to provide consistent, standardized, evidence-based caregiver training which is currently not available to all caregiver segments or areas of the state. The growing aging population and those with disabilities has emphasized the overwhelming need for a well-trained workforce and the development of additional community resources for both professional and family caregivers. The goal of the Initiative is to help caregivers understand how to best manage the care, services and support for the people they care for and love; helping them to improve the lives and care of aging Oregonians.

In response to this need, the Caregiver Training Initiative will provide caregivers access to no cost, quality education in all corners of the state. Caregivers will have the opportunity to train with top notch experts in the fields of Alzheimer’s and related dementias, safe medication management and challenging behaviors. Both online and in person classes are available to allow flexibility for busy schedules, and qualified professional caregivers can earn free CEUs.

Oregon Care Partners, LLC (OCP) is a consortium made up of a group of lead organizations, facilitators and collaborators that have a longstanding history of working together collaboratively on training and quality initiatives and successfully providing caregiver training.

Collaborating Organizations:
Alzheimer’s Association
Comagine Health
Consonus Healthcare
Making Oregon Vital for Elders
Oregon Health Care Association
Positive Approach, LLC
SEIU Local 503

Collaborating Individuals:
Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA
William Simonson, PharmD, CGP, FASCP

For more information about Oregon Care Partners and the Caregiver Training Initiative, please visit our FAQ page.