As we age, the need to maintain a healthy and nutritional diet becomes increasingly important. The aging process makes people more prone to illnesses, decreased appetite, a decreased sense of taste, and impaired swallowing abilities. As a caregiver in a long-term care facility you are tasked with helping residents to eat well and obtain the nutrients they need to remain healthy. You should be knowledgeable of residents’ individual dietary needs and how to promote healthy and safe eating in your facility.
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 0.7500 contact hours for all WA State Direct Care Workers. Training Provider Code: WA0624. CE Approval Code: CE1730000
This activity is approved for 0.75 contact hours.
Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Types of Diets A. What Does “Diet” Mean? B. Evaluation C. Restrictions D. Why Restrict? E. Textures F. High Risk Foods G. Review H. Summary Section 3: Feeding Techniques A. Maintain Independence B. Levels of Assistance C. Steps D. Review E. Summary Section 4: Thickened Liquids F. Swallowing Difficulties G. Thickening Agents H. Consistency I. Resident & Family Support J. Other Strategies K. Learning Activity L. Review M. Summary Section 5: Assistive Devices A. Types of Assistive Devices B. Plates C. Utensils D. Cups E. Review F. Summary Section 6: Guidelines for Safe Eating A. Keep a Watchful Eye B. Allow for Time C. Inspect the Tray D. Task Segmentation E. Review F. Summary Section 7: Behavior Disorders A. Interventions B. Environment C. Learning Activity D. Review E. Summary Section 8: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributors C. References D. Congratulations
Karen C. Schnaufer, BSN, RN, Content Writer, Relias Learning, has held positions as staff nurse, charge nurse, research nurse clinician, and clinical instructor with over 25 years of clinical practice in a broad range of specialties: med/surg, pediatrics, long term care, mental health, research, and IDD. Prior to becoming a Registered Nurse, Ms. Schnaufer successfully challenged the Practical Nursing Boards in NY. After working with the Breast Oncology Research group at Duke, Ms. Schnaufer switched her focus to the area of IDD and worked with individuals with intellectual disabilities and mental health issues, who live in group homes. Among her various responsibilities in this area was to train direct support staff and clinicians in medical issues/medication administration, participate in state surveys, providing and implementing plans of correction, as well as, serving on various committees, such as Human Rights, to help improve the lives of the individuals supported. To this day, she continues to volunteer in this realm. A veteran of the U.S.A.F., Ms. Schnaufer is committed to creating relevant and intelligent continuing education courses for healthcare professionals throughout the continuum of care. Disclosure: Karen C. Schnaufer, BSN, RN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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