Some of the patients you care for have dementia, which is a disease that affects the way they think. Patients with dementia will express different behaviors that you may see when you provide care. You should try to identify the meaning behind those behaviors. To do this, you need to view the environment from the patient’s perspective. Once you understand the meaning behind the behaviors, you can intervene in an appropriate way. The goal of this educational program is to provide general staff in home health care with education about patient behaviors and appropriate interventions.
This is not an accredited course for professional license renewal. Florida CNAs may use this inservice toward meeting their annual inservice requirement.
Texas HHSC has determined that Relias' submitted training meets or exceeds the minimum standards for HCSSA administrator training in the following categories: Licensed Home Health (LHH), Licensed and Certified Home Health (L&CHH), Personal Assistance Services (PAS). Texas HHSC also recognizes Relias provides continuing education for administrators and alternate administrators. This activity is approved for 0.5000 contact hours.
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Finding the Meaning of Behaviors
What Are Behaviors?
Actions vs. Reactions
Section 3: Responding to Behaviors
To Respond or Not to Respond
Respond in the Present
Section 4: Conclusion
Jennifer has over 30 years of clinical and teaching experience, and her areas of expertise are critical care and home health. She is certified as an OASIS Specialist- Clinical (COS-C) and is a Curriculum Designer in post-acute care for Relias. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Virginia in 1993 and her Master of Science in Nursing from The University of North Carolina, Greensboro in 1996. Her professional practice in education is guided by a philosophy borrowed from Florence Nightingale’s Notes on Nursing, “I do not pretend to teach her how, I ask her to teach herself, and for this purpose, I venture to give her some hints.”
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