As people age, their mobility, cognition, dentition, swallowing abilities, and nutritional needs change. These changes have a direct impact on their nutritional health and eating safety. Caregivers are in a unique position to recognize these changes and to take the steps necessary to keep older adults safe while eating. This course discusses how to recognize safety needs and how you can help prevent dangerous events like choking and aspiration. It also discusses how to help ensure that the people in your care are able to maintain their nutritional needs.
This is not an accredited course for professional license renewal. Florida CNAs may use this inservice toward meeting their annual inservice requirement.
Relias Learning, LLC is approved as a Curriculum Developer by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. This activity is approved for 0.5000 contact hours for all WA State Direct Care Workers. Training Provider Code: WA0624. CE Approval Code: CO2235828
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: The Basics of Safe Eating
Understanding Diet Orders
Why Are Changes Made to a Diet Order?
Diet Orders: Food Texture
Diet Orders: Liquid Consistency
Providing the Right Level of Assistance
Helping Someone Eat
Understanding Types of Assistive Devices
High Risk Foods
Signs of Aspiration, Choking, and Swallowing Difficulty
Keep a Watchful Eye
Breaking it Down into Small Steps
Section 3: Conclusion
Annette Brownlee, BSN, RN is an SME Writer for the Post-Acute Care team. She has a Bachelor of Arts in advertising from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Northern Colorado. Annette has worked in skilled nursing and home health. Her most recent experience includes being a Staff Development Coordinator and Infection Preventionist.Disclosure: Annette Brownlee BSN, RN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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