Dementia Care and Co-morbidities

Dementia Care and Co-morbidities 

Co-morbidities are a serious concern when caring for people with dementia. In this course you will learn what co-morbidities are and how they affect people with dementia. This course focuses on some of the more common co-morbidities and their signs and symptoms.  You will learn your role in assisting the healthcare team manage co-morbidities and, in some cases, prevent them.


Hours: 0.50


Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (ALL Direct Care Workers)


Relias Learning, LLC is approved as a Curriculum Developer by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. This activity is approved for 0.50 contact hours for all WA State Direct Care Workers. Training Provider Code: WA0624. CE Approval Code: CO2034246

Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants


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 0.50 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-PAC-0-DCC0
Hours: 0.5
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 3/31/2026
Learning Objectives:
Describe five common co-morbidities of dementia.
Describe monitoring strategies for five co-morbidities of dementia.
Recall interventions for five co-morbidities of dementia, including when to inform the healthcare team.

Section 1: Introduction

About This Course  

Learning Objectives

Section 2: Dementia Care

Dementia and Co-morbidities

Swallowing Disorders

Monitoring for Swallowing Problems

Interventions for Swallowing Difficulties


Monitoring for Pneumonia

Interventions to Prevent Pneumonia

Pressure Injuries

Monitoring for Pressure Injuries

Interventions for Pressure Injuries

Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

Monitoring for UTIs

Interventions to Avoid UTIs


Monitoring for Fall Risk


Section 8: Conclusion


Course Contributor



Instructor: Susan Heinzerling, BSN, RN, CHPN
Susan Heinzerling earned a Bachelor of Science in biology and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as well as a Master of Lifes Sciences in physiology from North Carolina State University. She became a doctoral candidate in immunology at the University of South Alabama. Her research experiences in the biomedical sciences led to an interest in evidence-based practices. Ms. Heinzerling began her nursing career as a medical/surgical nurse. Renal patients in acute care with multiple chronic conditions and repeated hospitalizations inspired her practice of hospice nursing. She has worked as a hospice admissions nurse and a hospice RN case manager in both a large urban setting and a rural community. Disclosure: Susan Heinzerling, BSN, RN, CHPN 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 Care Workers; in the following settings: Post-Acute Care.
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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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