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Date(s) - 04/03/2017 - 04/07/2017
All Day

Fred A. Watson Education Center


About the Program

This is a comprehensive introductory course for persons who are new to the field or have had less than two years of experience in the nursing homes, assisted living, or personal care homes, or do not have a college degree in the closely related field of study; therefore, there is a wide range of information. Some of it will be basic and some of it is quite technical.  There is a lot of medical information because our residents are in the nursing homes, assisted living, or person care homes for medical care.  This course is not a “how to make crafts” or even “how to set up a particular activity” course; however, this course will prepare people for that stage. This course is designed to give you background information for your position.

If you care to share some of your activity and craft ideas, please bring copies of your information to share with the other participants. We will make a table available to display the items.  Please do not expect the hotel staff to allow you to use their copy machine or expect GHCA staff to be able to copy it for you.  It is your responsibility if you want to bring information.  (This is a great way to share information and get to know other people.)

Your registration fee includes your coffee breaks, and lunches for Monday – Thursday.   We suggest no one travel alone.  Please “buddy up” in groups of three or more if you are going out at night.


There are hotels in the area listed below and a map of the hotels is included in this packet. The hotel registration time is generally 3:00 p.m.  This is a standard time for most hotels.  You can register earlier (or after class), just don’t expect your room to be ready before 3:00 p.m.  Be sure you ask for the Georgia Health Care Association rate.

Hotels Near GHCA (Mention GHCA for a discounted rate)

Comfort Suites, 3540 Cameron Pkwy, Stockbridge 770-507-0444 – $72

Courtyard Marriott, 115 Mill Rd, McDonough 678-902-9000 – $89

Fairfield Inn & Suites, 30 Mill Rd, McDonough 770-305-0180 – $99

Hilton Garden Inn, 95 Georgia 81, McDonough 678-827-7200 – $109

Holiday Inn, 638 Hwy 138 W, Stockbridge 678-782-4000 – $129

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, 1315 Hwy 20 W, McDonough 678-782-1100 – $129

Microtel Inn & Suites, 195 Country Club Drive, Stockbridge 678-782-6100 – $56

Quality Inn, 100 North Park Court, Stockbridge 770-507-6500 – $55

Super 8, 1451 Hudson Bridge Rd, Stockbridge  770-474-5758 – $49


April 3-7, 2017

Participants MUST attend all 36 education hours with course PAID in full to receive a certificate.

Registration Fee

Register before March 24 Register after March 24
GHCA Member $450 $550
Non-Member $750 $800


GHCA-Fred A. Watson Training Center
160 Country Club Drive
Stockbridge, GA 30281


GHCA reserves the right to cancel any educational program due to low attendance. GHCA will notify pre-registered attendees of cancellation three (3) working days prior to the seminar. Cancellations are accepted in writing or by fax up to one week before the program. After a cancellation has been sent, call for a cancellation verification. No telephone cancellations will be accepted. All “no shows” will be responsible for the full registration fee and applicable processing charges.

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