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Montessori Inspired Lifestyle® Tiered Residence Credentialing

Our tiered residence credentialing process was developed as means of recognizing initial training and milestones in Montessori Inspired Lifestyle® site implementation.

Tier 1—Bronze Level Credentialing

               A residence may qualify for a Bronze Level Credential after a Montessori Inspired Lifestyle®: Dementia Programming two-day (12 contact hour) training is attended by a group of staff representing all departments, including nursing, culinary, activities, maintenance, housekeeping, marketing and administration. All attendees must pass (80% correct) an online quiz demonstrating knowledge of key principles. Attendees may take the quiz up to three times. There is no charge for this quiz. Post training, staff of the residence also must create an action plan for MIL implementation and have it approved by CARD to achieve a Bronze Level Credential.

Tier 2—Silver Level Credential

               A residence may attain a Silver Level Credential after a minimum of 3 months of Bronze Level credentialing.  To qualify, a residence must have a representative subset of trained staff earning a MIL Trainer Credential. The trainer credential involves a demonstration of the ability to apply knowledge and principles presented in MIL training to specific cases involving residents. To qualify for a trainer credential, the applicant must complete a written case study exam describing successful MIL interventions developed for residents. These exams are evaluated and scored by CARD staff. Submitted exams may be accepted as presented, accepted provisionally with revisions, or rejected with feedback. In the latter case, the applicant has the opportunity to reapply for a second evaluation. 

Upon receiving a MIL trainer credential, the staff member is provided materials and assistance by CARD staff to develop in-house training for their employing company or organization. It is important to note that a MIL Trainer Credential is only valid within the company or organization which has paid for the staff member’s MIL training and credentialing. (See pricing below.)

Ongoing training/in-servicing of newly hire staff by MIL Trainer Credentialed staff, and other internal procedures for ongoing implementation of MIL, must be in place. At least 50% of the Gold Level Credential criteria (checklist attached) must be achieved, and an action plan must be in place for achieving the remainder of these criteria. Silver Level Credentialing requires a site visit by CARD staff.

Tier 3—Gold Level Credential

               A residence may achieve a Gold Level Credential after a minimum of 6 months of Silver Level Credentialing. To qualify, a residence must have a group of staff representing all departments, including nursing, culinary, activities, maintenance, housekeeping, marketing and administration attending 2-day (12 contact hour) advanced course, Montessori Inspired Lifestyle®: Shaping a Montessori Community. In addition, at least 90% of the Gold Level Credential criteria must be achieved. An action plan must be in place for achieving unmet criteria, as well as sustaining and expanding MIL programming. At least one exemplary and innovative achievement in applying MIL principles must be demonstrated. Gold Level Credential receipt requires a site visit by CARD staff.

For more information, please call Vince Antenucci at 330-631-9949

 

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