Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia may present the greatest public health concern in the coming decades. Because these diseases cause severe changes to the brain, a person living with dementia may display sudden and unexpected personality changes and behaviors. You may hear this referred to as behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD). One type of behavioral problem seen in those with dementia is catastrophic reactions. These reactions are one of the greatest challenges for the caregivers of persons with dementia. Therefore, caring for persons with dementia requires you to have a unique set of skills and knowledge. The needs of persons with dementia can change in the blink of an eye, so caregivers must be able to adapt to meet those needs. In this course, you will learn strategies you can use to prevent and manage catastrophic reactions.
This is not an accredited course for professional license renewal. Florida CNAs may use this inservice toward meeting their annual inservice requirement.This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.
Relias Learning, LLC is approved as a Curriculum Developer by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours for all WA State Direct Care Workers. Training Provider Code: WA0624. CE Approval Code: CO1619283
This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.
59A-36.011 Staff Training Requirements. Location: Online
Section 1: Introduction
A. About This Course
B. Learning Objectives
Section 2: Catastrophic Reactions
A. The Problem
B. What are Catastrophic Reactions?
D. Identifying Triggers
E. Basic Concepts of Dementia Care
F. Life History G. Preferences, Routines, and Values
H. Meet Steve
I. Preventing Catastrophic Reactions
J. Defusing Catastrophic Reactions
Section 3: Conclusion
B. Course Contributor
Jennifer Moore, RN-BC, CDP, WCC started working in the senior care industry in 2000. She is a certified Gerontological Nurse, a Certified Dementia Practitioner, and Wound Care Certified. She has held positions including MDS Coordinator, Director of Nursing, Medicare Nurse Coordinator, Nurse Consultant, Area Manager, and Director of Quality Assurance. Her overall responsibility within each of these positions was to ensure residents received the highest quality of care. This included active participation in quality improvement initiatives, review of clinical records to identify areas of weakness, corroboration with the medical director to institute policies and procedures for resident care, and staff education/training. Additionally, she was responsible for maintaining an effective compliance program under a Quality of Care Corporate Integrity Agreement with the Office of Inspector General for a period of five years. She currently serves as the Director of Curriculum Design & Research for Relias. Within this position, her responsibility is to oversee the development of online training modules across the healthcare continuum. She has served as the subject matter expert for courses on re-hospitalization, clinical skill reviews, leadership, management, and various OSHA and regulatory compliance topics. In addition, she has presented at various state conferences on mandatory compliance, quality assessment and assurance (QA&A), and quality assurance and performance improvement (QAPI). Disclosure: Jennifer Moore, RN-BC, CDP, WCC has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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