Swallowing is an amazingly complex function and there are many points at which damage to the brain and muscle wasting or weakness can cause major problems.
This course discusses the progression found in Alzheimers patients and the impact on their swallow. These patients are often unable to participate in a standardized evaluation. Specific assessments/tools are identified to assist the speech pathologist with the evaluation, development of the functional maintenance plan for the patient and staff/family education.
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).
|Contact Hours: 2||
Video Course Format: Video
|Target Audience: Dietitian/Nutritionist, RN, SLP|
|Instructional Level: Intermediate|
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- Discussion of the changes in cognition, memory, executive functions, and non-cognitive symptoms
- Discussion of the potential impact of aging, environment, microbial, genetic, cardiovascular, immune system, nutrition, head trauma and education
- Review the most common cognitive screens in use to determine decisional capacity
- Discussion the characteristics of each type, stages and the impact on the oral, pharyngeal and/or esophageal phase
- Discussion of the medical information that is critical prior to any administration of assessments
- Review the most common medications that would be prescribed, potential side effects and the impact on the swallow/level of alertness
- Determine the assessment tools that would be appropriate for patients who are able to follow directions versus the patient that is unable to cooperate with a standard evaluation
- Review of the model medical review guidelines, and the rationale for a MBS/FEES as well as rationale for not performing the instrumental assessment
- Review the most evidence based tool to recommend PEG; review pros and cons for PEG placement and evidence based recommendations/practice
- Discuss the potential strategies that could be utilized to improve oral intake
Course Goals & Objectives:
This course is intended to instruct the professional through a self-paced study on the evaluation and management of dysphagia in the Alzheimer patient.
At the conclusion of this course, the participant will be able to:
- Identify the approach found to promote weight gain in patient’s with dementia.
- List the two of the impacts on swallowing for patients with Lewy Body Dementia.
- Recognize important details to document in a chart review.
- Identify appropriate dysphagia assessment tool for a patient who is unable to follow directions.
Contact Hours: 2
Target Audience: Speech-Language Pathologists, Registered Nurses, Dietitian/Nutritionists
Instructional Level: Intermediate
CDR CPE Level 2/ 740 Web-based
Learning Need Codes: 5210, 5300
Performance Indicators: 2.2.1, 8.2.2, 9.6.1
Course Type: Seminar-On-Demand
This course is offered for 0.20 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professiona area).
Financial — Denise Dougherty is the owner of a private practice and receives a salary. She also receives royalty payments from HomeCEUConnection.com for the presentation of this course.
Nonfinancial - Denise Dougherty is a board member and past president at the American Academy of Private Practice in Speech Pathology and Audiology.
Content Disclosure: This course does not focus solely on any specific product or service.