Dementia Care I: Mental Decline and Caregiving Challenges (0.5 CE for Nursing Home Administrators)

05-06-2019 09:59 AM

Course Description

The purpose of this program is to examine how dementia affects behavior and the challenges it poses for caregivers. It is our hope that by understanding the nature of mental decline, it will be easier to prevent negative situations with residents. Harmful words or actions towards a resident cannot be justified simply because they happened in a moment of anger or frustration. These types of incidents can lead to charges of abuse or neglect. Experienced nursing assistants will tell you that individuals who suffer from dementia require a special kind of care and a lot of understanding.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the course, the learner will be able to:

  • Describe how a decline in mental functioning can contribute to difficult behavior 

  • Give four examples of changes in mental function brought on by dementia 

  • Give four examples of difficult behaviors 

  • Give a general definition of dementia and list three causes 

  • Describe actions that can be taken when a resident becomes agitated and resists care 

  • List four triggers that can make a dementia resident agitated 

Intended Audience

This educational activity was developed for nursing home administrators and healthcare staff.

CE Information

This educational offering has been reviewed by the National Continuing Education Review Service (NCERS) of the National Association of Long-Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) and approved for clock hours. Valid for Nursing Home Administrator CE.

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Course Authors

This course was developed by Medcom, Inc. and edited by Brenda Kozak, DNP, MSN, RN, CNE.

Brenda has over 20 years of clinical experience in nursing practice and is a certified nurse educator. She earned her Doctorate in Nursing Practice along with a Master of Science in Nursing with a focus on education.