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Alzheimer's Caregiver Guide and Tips on Acute Hospitalization

National Institute on Aging (NIA)

CE Credit: 1 Hour

Target Audience: Psychology CE | Counseling CE | Social Work CE | Occupational Therapy CEUs | Marriage & Family Therapy CE | Nutrition & Dietetics CE

Learning Level: Introductory

Course Type: Online

Course Abstract

Alzheimer's Caregiver Guide and Tips on Acute Hospitalization is a 1-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that offers strategies for caring for a person with Alzheimer's disease.

The course begins by offering strategies for managing the everyday challenges of caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease, a difficult task that can quickly become overwhelming. Research has shown that caregivers themselves often are at increased risk for depression and illness. Each day brings new challenges as the caregiver copes with changing levels of ability and new patterns of behavior. Many caregivers have found it helpful to use the strategies described in this course for dealing with difficult behaviors and stressful situations.

The course follows with tips on acute hospitalization, which presents a new environment filled with strange sights, odors and sounds, changes in daily routines, along with new medications and tests. This section is intended to help professionals and family members meet the needs of hospitalized Alzheimer’s patients by offering facts about Alzheimer's disease, communication tips, personal care techniques, and suggestions for working with behaviors and environmental factors in both the ER and in the hospital room.

Closeout course #10-81 | 2010 | 17 pages | 7 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1. List strategies for communicating effectively with a person who has Alzheimer’s disease
2. Identify techniques for helping manage daily activities like bathing, dressing, and eating
3. Identify techniques for managing incontinence, sleep problems, wandering, and safety
4. List communication tips to use with hospitalized Alzheimer’s patients
5. Identify strategies for providing comfort and safety for hospitalized Alzheimer’s patients
6. List general guidelines for working with problematic behaviors
CE INFORMATION

NBCC ACEP Approved ProviderNBCC Clock Hours: 1 | 
NBCC ACEP Number: 5590 | 

Professional Development Resources
 is also approved as a provider of continuing education by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling and is CE Broker compliant (#50-1635); the South Carolina Board of Professional Counselors and Marriage & Family Therapists (#193) and the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Board (#RCST100501). 

COURSE DIRECTIONS

This online course provides instant access to the course materials (PDF download) and CE test. After enrolling, click on My Account and scroll down to My Active Courses. From here you’ll see links to download/print the course materials and take the CE test (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course document).

Successful completion of the online CE test (80% required to pass, 3 chances to take) and course evaluation are required to earn a certificate of completion. Click here to learn more.

About the Author(s)

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) is one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Since 1974, the NIA has been at the forefront of the Nation's research activities dedicated to understanding the nature of aging, supporting the health and well-being of older adults, and extending healthy, active years of life for more people. http://www.nia.nih.gov/

Instructor Disclosure: Not available. The content for this program was developed and published prior to the ASHA Continuing Education Board requiring instructional personnel to provide financial and nonfinancial disclosure statements.


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