Improving Safety and Quality of Life in Persons with Dementia and Their Families

Activity Details
  • Credit Amounts:
    • TSBSWE: 1.00
    • UNTHSC: 1.00
    • Counselor: 1.00
    • TNA: 1.00
  • Cost: Free
  • Release: May 10, 2018
  • Expires: May 10, 2020
  • Estimated Time to Complete:
    1 Hour(s)
  • System Requirements:
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Faculty

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Linda Abel Linda Abel, RN
President
Dementia Friendly Fort Worth
Fort Worth, Texas

Kathlene Camp Kathlene Camp, PT, MSPT
Instructor - Internal Medicine
UNT Health Science Center
Fort Worth, Texas

Susan Farris Susan Farris, FACHCA, LNFA
President & Executive Director
James L. West Alzheimer's Center
Fort Worth, Texas

James R.  Hall James R. Hall, PhD, FABMP
Professor
Department of Psychiatry & Behavior Health
UNT Health Science Center
Fort Worth, Texas

Reena Mathews Reena Mathews, MD
Geriatrician
John Peter Smith Hospital
Fort Worth, Texas

Linda C.  Mayfield Linda C. Mayfield, LVN
Assistant Director of Nursing
James L. West Alzheimer's Center
Fort Worth, Texas

Laura McEntire Laura McEntire, LCSW, ACSW
Manager of Family Care Services
Alzheimer's Association
Fort Worth, Texas

Needs Statement

Quality of life (QOL) has been identified as a primary goal of treatment for persons living with dementia and their families. Reported factors shown to influence QOL include mood, engagement in pleasant activities and ability to perform activities of daily living. The deficits of sensory input and processing, and judgment that occur in dementia patients have a great impact on their safety and ability to perform ADL’s, maintain mood and level of engagement.  This training video addresses interventions and tools that help maintain a QOL for dementia patients and their families. These interventions start with understanding sensory changes and risk awareness deficits in patients and best ways to educate the family caregivers. Special considerations for patients living alone or who don’t have a primary caregiver will be discussed along with community and professional resources. This training video also explores the family caregiver as the “secondary patient” and best practices tools at increasing caregiver competence and confidence and decreasing risk for injury or adverse events.   

This program is the third in a three part series that will address deficiencies in healthcare professional knowledge/competence related to Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and the role of the Healthcare Professional. 

Understanding Dementia and the Role of the Healthcare Professional

Dementia Therapies and Interventions

Target Audience

Interdisciplinary healthcare professionals, RN, LVN, LNFA, SW, LPC, and Home Health Caregivers in three types of care settings: facility-based staff, home health caregivers, and primary care physician office staff and family caregivers.

Objectives

  • Demonstrate best practices to improve quality-of-life in persons with dementia including shared decision making;
  • Discuss the sensory deficits in dementia to anticipate and prepare for safety issues including; pain management, falls, wandering, and activities of daily living;
  • Describe the “secondary patient” and best practices in emphasizing healthy behaviors;
  • Evaluate communication skills between the healthcare professional, person with dementia and their primary caregivers including advance care planning; and
  • Identify and accessing resources for safety and quality-of-life

Accreditation

TNA

UNT Health Science Center is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association - Approver, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

This activity provides up to 1.00 contact hour.

TSBSWE

This activity is approved for a maximum of 1.00 Clock Hours for Social Workers.

Counselor

Texas LPC CEU

University of North Texas Health Science Center is an approved provider, number 2022, by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors. This activity is approved for 1.00 CEU credit/1.00 clock hours.

UNTHSC

The University of North Texas Health Science Center certifies this activity for 1.00 hour of participation.

 

Faculty Disclosure

UNT Health Science Center

UNT Health Science Center is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association – Approver, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Disclosure to Participants

Improving Safety and Quality of Life in Persons with Dementia and Their Families

Requirements for Successful Completion

Learning Outcome:  The participants of this learner paced activity will prepare the health professional to work more effectively with patients who have dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.  Ensuring their patients and the family caring for them communicate effectively to reduce risk and injury and improve their quality of life by keeping them safe.  

 To receive contact hours for this continuing education activity, the participant must:

  • Complete the registration and attendance verification process.
  • Participate in the educational activity
  • Complete participant evaluation
  • Claim credit online by the published deadline per the instructions provided

Once successful completion has been verified, a “Certificate of Successful Completion” will be awarded for 1 contact hour.

Conflicts of Interest:

The activity’s Nurse Planner has determined that no one who has the ability to control the content of this CNE activity - planning committee members/presenters/authors or content reviewers - has a conflict of interest.

Acknowledgment

WE-HAIL LogoThis project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U1QHP287350100. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Health Resources and Services Administration or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

No commercial support was received for this activity.