Introducing Contributing Writer Debra Fox

One of the more frequently asked questions I receive from families involves training of assisted living community staff.  What are the training requirements?  How to do communities train their staff?  What tools are used?  What expectations should families have regarding training?

I’d like to introduce an addition to our group of contributing writers  — a true expert in the field of elder care and assisted living training.

Welcome, Debra Fox!

Debra is the founder and CEO of Fox Learning Systems, a company dedicated to changing the culture of elder care through e-learning that uses engaging, documentary-style video to connect with both caregivers and consumers. Debra founded the company in 1997 after personally observing the overwhelming challenges providers face in training and retaining staff to care for vulnerable older adults.

As a former television news anchor, Debra understood the power of video to achieve intense emotional connections with viewers and predicted the medium could be used equally effectively as a learning tool for caregivers.  The result was InterDocTM, the interactive documentary technique that sets Fox apart from all other web-based programs of elder care education and training.

Today, hundreds of facilities throughout North America are using Fox Learning Systems to save money and time while increasing compliance and quality of care.

I asked Debra to be a contributing writer for Inside Assisted Living because she is pursuing a vision of training that is unique and empowers both communities and families to work together in elevating the quality of care for their residents.

I’d like to personally thank Debra for joining the team and for sharing he deep expertise with our community.

Let’s give Debra a warm welcome by leaving a comment for her at the bottom of this post.

  • Terri Glimcher

    Welcome Debra! I really enjoyed reading your article. Your training technique sounds wonderful. I’m sure all communities would benefit from your training. I look forward to hearing more about it. Terri

  • Katie

    Welcome Debra. I am so excited about you being a guest writer as I need all the information I can get. I am in the process of opening a Family Assisted Living Facility in Al, so I know this information will be very valuable for me.

    (BTW Ryan, I think I may have found the home and have a realtor that is working with me. )

    Happy New Year to All.

  • Debra Fox

    Hi Terri and Katie,

    Thanks so much for your comments. I am so pleased to have the opportunity to be a guest writer for Inside Assisted Living and am looking forward to presenting more information on elder care educational initiatives. Another resource for you is Rite Aid Giving Care for Parents at This site is licensing the content produced at Fox Learning. The site gives baby boomers valuable tools in dealing with their aging relatives using our reality based educational techniques. Let me know if this is helpful to you as well.

    Once again many thanks for your lovely comments and I look forward to continuing the discussion.

    Happy New Year

    Debra Fox