Illinois Health and Safety Management

Illinois Health and Safety Management 

One of the most important imperatives of the disability service system is to ensure that the health and safety of the people served is maintained. Providing services while maintaining a healthy and safe environment can be a complex process that involves a variety of variables that professionals must successfully navigate including choice, dignity, risk, lifestyle, crises, and ethics. This course is designed to assist professionals in learning how to monitor the health and safety of those served, assist people in managing their own health, and support people in making positive lifestyle choices. Developed and written by the Professional Advancement through Training and Education (PATHS) Credentialing Program, this training provides you with the tools needed to implement best practices in medication delivery; monitoring medication side effects; monitoring and tracking healthcare delivery, status, and assessments; and supporting people in making healthy lifestyle choices. Through interactive lessons, personalized planning tools, and descriptive examples you will learn practical strategies to use on the front-line of service delivery to support health, safety, and wellness. This course was written for direct support professionals and frontline supervisors who support people with disabilities.


Hours: 1.25


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Course Details

Hours: 1.25
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 1/31/2024
Learning Objectives:
Describe best practice strategies in administering medication and responding to medication side effects.
Summarize the primary responsibilities of direct support professionals in ensuring the health and safety of persons served.
Describe proactive methods of supporting persons served in developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including healthy nutrition.

I. Section 1: Introduction A. Course Contributor B. About This Course C. Learning Objectives II. Section 2: Health and Safety: Where Service Begins A. Nancy’s Neglect B. The Role of the Direct Support Professional C. Universal Precautions D. Hand Washing: The Most Effective Protection Against the Spread of Infection E. Avoid Contamination by Wearing Gloves F. Assisting the Person to Take an Active Role in Health Care G. Empowered Health Care H. Health Review Checklist I. Preventative Health Screening Recommendations and Tracking J. Emergency Health Care K. Meet Charles L. Section Summary III. Section 3: It’s Time to Take Your Medication A. What You Need to Know Before You Twist Off the Cap B. Prepare Before You Care C. What Needs to Follow the Swallow: Monitoring Side Effects D. Remember! Avoid Medication Errors by Doing the Triple Check E. Mike’s Medication Pass F. What to Do in the Case of a Medication Error G. Medication Mishaps: Most Common Types of Medication Errors To Watch Out For H. Responding to a Medication Error I. Time for Medication J. Section Summary IV. Section 4: You Are What You Eat A. Choosing a Healthy Diet B. The Food Groups on MyPlate C. Fruits and Vegetables: Green and Lean D. Antioxidant Police Keep the Peace E. Carbohydrates F. The Whole Enchilada... I Mean Grain G. Watch the Words! H. Find the Fiber I. The Mood for Food J. Dairy: It Does a Body Good K. Protein Power L. Healthy Sources of Protein M. Delicious and Nutritious: Healthiest Choices for Getting Your Complete Proteins N. Making Fats Your Friend O. Know Your Fats: Harmful Fats to Avoid P. Know Your Fats: Healthier Dietary Fat To Choose In Moderation Q. The Alpha and the Omega R. Lower the Bar When it Comes to Cholesterol S. Can You Not Pass the Salt? Decrease Sodium and Increase Potassium T. Water it Down U. Home Plate V. Section Summary V. Section 5: Conclusion A. Summary B. Put in Practice C. References

Instructor: Deb Easley, M.S.
Deb Easley, M.S. is the Training Coordinator for Living Arrangements for the Developmentally Disabled, Inc. (LADD, Inc.) in Cincinnati, Ohio where she has worked for the past 18 years. Deb is one of the founding members of DSPATHS Credentialing Program and Ohio Alliance of Direct Support Professionals (OADSP). Her experience with DSPATHS includes being a Regional Manager, Instructor, Skill Mentor, Regional Coordinator, Regional Financial Administrator, Statewide Operations Administrator, and Curriculum Writer. Deb holds a Master of Science degree in Health Planning and Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. Deb has personal and professional experience with the social and health issues encountered by people with disabilities and their families. Disclosure: Deb Easley, M.S. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Staff Writer: Adam Roesner, BSN
Adam Roesner, BSN has been working with various quality measures optimization since 2013. His experience in program management in both clinical and performance measures allows a unique perspective on the challenge faced by healthcare systems today. Adam has presented trainings on HCAHPS programs for sales forces and executive leadership alike, and has managed various skin health and HCAHPS educational programs and bundles for acute, post-acute, and IDN facilities. Disclosure: Adam Roesner, BSN 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: Entry level 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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