Healthcare Needs in IDD

Healthcare Needs in IDD 

Direct support professionals, or DSPs, play an important role in supporting the healthcare needs of people with IDD. DSPs are often the first to see signs of illness or other health problems. As a DSP, you must know the signs of common problems and how to recognize when people you support need medical attention. Recognizing and responding to problems early can prevent them from getting worse.

The goal of this course is to introduce DSPs in IDD settings to basic healthcare needs.



$19.95

Hours: 0.75
REL-IDD-0-RHN

Certificates

Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals

0.75 HOURS


This activity is approved for 0.75 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-IDD-0-RHN
Hours: 0.75
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 9/30/2026
Learning Objectives:
Recognize signs and symptoms of healthcare needs for people with IDD.
Identify appropriate responses to healthcare needs.

Outline:
Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: Recognizing Healthcare Needs

Something Isn’t Right

Recognizing Healthcare Needs

Understanding Baseline

Gathering Information

Responding to Healthcare Needs

Using Judgment

What Happens to Donna?

Signs of Healthcare Needs

Behavior Changes

Signs of Pain

Physical Signs

Vital Signs

Review

Summary

Section 3: Common Healthcare Needs

Health Needs in IDD

Aspiration

Dehydration

Constipation

Nail and Foot Problems

Dental Problems

Skin Problems

Seizures

Concussion

Medical Emergencies

Review

Summary

Section 4: Conclusion

Summary

Course Contributors

References

Congratulations!

Instructor: Katy Kunst, MBA, QIDP
Katy Kunst received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her Master of Business Administration from Elon University. She has 14 years of experience serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their supporters, including roles as direct support professional, program director, and training facilitator. She has created and facilitated training on topics including non-violent crisis interventions, person-centered planning, cultural competence, quality service delivery, regulatory compliance, and a variety of topics related to IDD services. Disclosure: Katy Kunst, MBA, QIDP has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Expert Reviewer: Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN
Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN, has extensive experience across a wide spectrum of healthcare settings including: rural and urban acute care hospitals, public health, ambulatory surgery, higher education, and commercial healthcare learning organizations. Her roles have included: medical/surgical, ED, and OR staff and charge nurse; Director of School Health Services/school nurse; Public Health Epidemiology and Bioterrorism Preparedness Specialist; Infection control practitioner; Quality Management Specialist; Organizational Development Specialist; and Educator. Prior to joining Relias as a SME writer, she provided healthcare learning and development consultation to Swank Healthcare and was the Director of Education Services for Health.edu, a division of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Rebecca earned a diploma in nursing from Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in Lubbock, Texas and an MBA from Wayland Baptist University.  Disclosure: Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Direct Support Professionals; in the following settings: Intellectual Developmental Disabilities.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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