Malnutrition and dehydration are common problems in the geriatric population. Dementia, which is accompanied by cognitive and attention deficits, places geriatric patients at an even higher risk for dysphagia. In addition, these patients often suffer from weight loss, aspiration and a decreased quality of life.
This course provides information on how to assess and treat dysphagia in patients with dementia. Management strategies, research and case samples are provided so participants are able to achieve optimum progress in dysphagia therapy. Suggestions for training family and nursing staff to assist in providing improved levels of nutrition and quality of life for these patients are also provided.
This seminar-on-demand is 2 contact hours in length (check your state’s approval status in the state specific course catalog for your profession).
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- Dysphagia and the demented patient
- Concepts and statistics regarding this population and how it impacts the patient's overall quality of life
- Review of swallowing process/phases
- Dementia and Food textures
- Overview of how dementia impacts this patient population and their ability to manage food textures
- Assessment of Dysphagia in demented patients
- How to use clinical skills and caregiver interviews to assess the needs of these patients
- Therapeutic and Management Strategies
- How to treat and manage dysphagia in this patient population
- Family and staff training
- How to train caregivers to maintain carryover of treatment goals
Course Goals & Objectives:
This course is intended to instruct the professional on how to assess and treat dysphagia in patients with dementia.
- Identify the necessary components of an assessment and clinical observation to identify patients with dementia who require skilled intervention
- Recognize how patients with dementia respond to different food textures
- Recognize how to integrate assessment strategies to diagnose and develop a plan of care for individuals with dementia
- Identify treatment and management strategies to address dysphagia in demented patients
- Identify how to utilize family and nursing staff to improve carry-over of treatment strategies for demented patients with dysphagia
Criteria for Completion:
A score of 70% or more is considered passing. Scores of less than 70% indicate a failure to understand the material and the test will need to be taken again until a passing score has been achieved.
Contact Hours: 2
Target Audience: Speech Language Pathologist, Nurses, Nursing Home Administrators,Recreational Specialist
Instructional Level: Intermediate
Course Type: Seminar-on-demand
The course materials for this webinar are available in our online format available instantly or by mail.
This course is offered for 0.20 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).
Financial – Verlyn Evans is employed by Liberty University and receives a salary. She receives royalty payments from HomeCEUConnection.com for the presentation of this course.
Nonfinancial - Verlyn Evans has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
Content Disclosure: This course does not focus solely on any specific product or service.