A high percentage of people living with a neurocognitive disorder such as dementia will experience what some professionals refer to as Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD) to include agitation and aggression. This can lead to catastrophic reactions, placing the patient and those around him or her in danger. The results of such high levels of agitation can lead to accelerated disease progression, increased mortality, and increased caregiver stress and costs.
This course equips all healthcare professionals and team members with practical information and strategies including understanding the causes and triggers of catastrophic reactions and sharing practical strategies to effectively reduce or prevent such reactions. Following the course, attendees will be immediately equipped with techniques useful in their daily practice to optimally provide care and support of elders living with dementia.
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- Catastrophic Reactions?
- Definition & Examples of Catastrophic Reactions
- Effects of a Neurocognitive Disorder
- Research by Yeom & Watson
- Triggers: What Causes those Catastrophic Reactions?
- Types, Patterns and Examples of Triggers
- Research Findings: Patterns of Antecedents
- When Our Actions Trigger Aggressive Reactions
- More about Sundowners Syndrome
- Definition and Symptoms of Sundowning
- The Neurophysiological Process of Sundowning
- Sleep Architecture Changes with Dementia
- The Assessment Process
- Conduct Physical Assessment & Family Interview Assessment
- Pain Assessment in Advanced Dementia Scale (PAINAD)
- Therapists Assessment
- The Medication Factor
- Helpful and Harmful Medications
- Pain meds, SSRIs & other pharmaco- therapies
- Observe & Track Behaviors
- Identify Patterns by Investigation
- Case Study
- Characterize the Circumstances
- How to Prevent Catastrophic Reactions
- Scenarios to Avoid
- Communication Challenges & strategies
- Assure multiple factors in daily schedule
- Nonpharmacological Strategies
- How to Address Aggression When it's Already Happening
- Communication Strategies with Agitation
- Plan for safety During Catastrophic Behaviors
- Steps to Take Following the CR Event
Course Goals & Objectives:
This course is intended to implement effective and practical strategies to prevent and to address catastrophic reactions of people with dementia.
- Identify examples of catastrophic reactions
- Recognize common triggers leading to agitation and catastrophic reactions
- Identify the neurophysiological changes that lead to Sundowner's Syndrome
- Recognize the factors to be assessed in people living with dementia, to prevent their potential catastrophic reactions
- Identify the consequences of specific medication classes being prescribed for people with dementia
- Recognize how observation and tracking plans can result in the prevention of future aggression and catastrophic reactions
- Select at least 5 strategies to implement for prevention of catastrophic reactions
- Recognize the recommended protocols to address aggression when it’s already happening
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Contact Hours: 3 contact hours in length (check your state’s approval status in the state specific course catalog for your profession).
Target Audience: Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant, Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapist Assistant, Speech Language Pathologist, Nurse, Nursing Home Administrator, Social Worker, Registered Dieticians, and Activities Professionals.
Instructional Level: Intermediate
Criteria for Completion: 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
This course is offered for 0.30 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).
Financial – Lisa Milliken is employed by Milliken Healthcare and receives a salary. She receives payment from HomeCEU for the presentation of this course.
Nonfinancial - no relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.
No relevant conflicts of interest exist for any member of the activity planning committee.
Content Disclosure: This course does not focus solely on any specific product or service
Cancellation Policy: For activity cancellation, returns, or complaint resolution, please contact Anne Osborn by email Anne@HomeCEU or by phone at 1.800.55.4CEUS (2387). We have a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Refunds will be issued for courses that have not been completed (exam not taken), or for any course that has been rejected by your board of approval. Webinar attendance must be canceled 24 hours before the scheduled start time.