This course addresses the medical needs of the person with Alzheimer’s disease using a person-centered approach. It presents medications commonly prescribed and their side effects, including the effects of using antipsychotic medications for behavioral symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s disease. It identifies medical conditions and symptoms that frequently occur in those with Alzheimer’s disease, such as sleep disorders, falls, and pneumonia and skin breakdown related to immobility, and shows their impact. The detection and prevention of malnutrition and dehydration are discussed, as well as effective strategies for managing swallowing difficulties, constipation, and urinary tract infection. Finally, end of life and hospice care are examined. While this course specifically talks about Alzheimer’s disease, you can use the same strategies in persons with other types of dementia, as well. Additionally, you should always remember that the fluctuating nature of Alzheimer’s disease may require frequent adjustments to the plan of care to meet the person’s needs at any given time.
This is not an accredited course for professional license renewal. Florida CNAs may use this inservice toward meeting their annual inservice requirement.
Georgia Nursing Home Administrators Board (CEBroker Provider # 50-290)
Florida Board of Nursing Home Administrators (CEBroker Provider # 50-290)
This course is approved by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Facility Services - Group Care Licensure Section (NC-DHHS)
Program Sponsor ID #032316
This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.
This course is NCCAP approved NCCAP500275-22NT. All NCCAP approved courses count 100% towards certification.
Relias, LLC is an approved provider of continuing education by the California Department of Public Health, Provider # NAC7001.
The certificate must be retained by the licensee for a period of four (4) years after the course is completed.
This learning activity meets the definition of *** ONLINE *** CEUs. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.
59A-36.011 Staff Training Requirements. Location: Online
This educational offering is approved by the California Nursing Home Administrator Program (NHAP) as a Patient Care/Aging ("P" credit) course. Provider # CEP 1701; Course Approval # 1701001-8340/P. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.
Section 1: Introduction
A. About This Course
B. Learning Objectives
Section 2: Medications
A. Medications to Manage Alzheimer’s Disease
B. Cholinesterase Inhibitors
E. Antipsychotic Medications
Section 3: Common Medical Conditions
B. Pressure Injuries
E. Sleep Disorders
G. Noticing Pain
H. Managing Pain
I. Nutrition and Hydration
Section 4: End of Life Care
A. What to Expect
B. Palliative Care vs. Hospice Care
C. Advance Directives
D. Interventions at the End of Life
E. Review F. Summary
Section 5: Conclusion
B. Course Contributor
Jennifer W. Burks is a Curriculum Designer in Post-Acute Care for Relias. She has over 25 years of clinical and teaching experience, and her areas of expertise are critical care and home health. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Virginia in 1993 and her Master of Science in Nursing from The University of North Carolina, Greensboro in 1996. Her professional practice in education is guided by a philosophy borrowed from Florence Nightingale's Notes on Nursing, "I do not pretend to teach her how, I ask her to teach herself, and for this purpose, I venture to give her some hints." Disclosure: Jennifer W. Burks, M.S.N., R.N. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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