Last Updated on October 6, 2021
Course Overview and Objectives
Note: Each course test requires a passing score of 80% or higher.
Unit One: Understanding Dementia: The Brain
- Understand simple brain anatomy, the function of each brain area, and the way it works as a whole.
- Be knowledgeable of the way in which the brain sends signals.
- Understand the changes that occur in the brain with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.
Unit Two: Safe Environments
- Identify ways in which to make a home more safe for a Dementia patient.
- Understand how brain changes increase a person’s fall risk.
- Identify comorbidities that increase a patient’s risk for falling.
Unit Three: Multicultural Competence
- Identify the five elements of cultural and social competence
- How to apply cultural and social competence to a persons and families affected by Dementia diagnoses.
Unit Four: Medical Treatments, Evaluations, and Testing; Ethics and Capacity Issues
- Identify who is at risk for developing Alzheimer’s Disease
- Understand the multiple methods used to assess someone’s mental status.
- Understand the differences in clients considered competent to make their own decisions and those who are not.
Unit Five: Communication, ADL’s, Problem Solving, Managing Activities, Ability- Centered Care
- Understand communication patterns of persons with dementia and identify the proper verbal or non-verbal response
- Identify strategies to assist a dementia patient to bathe, complete dental hygiene, groom, dress, etc.
- Recognize the behaviors that increase a client’s risk for becoming unsafe.
- Identify strategies to manage and handle wandering, hoarding, and violence.
Unit Six: Depression
- Identify how depression affects and contributes to a dementia diagnoses.
- Identify strategies to manage depression for both client and caregiver.
Unit Seven: Sexuality and Intimacy
Identify aspects of professional and resourceful response to sexuality in clients.
Unit Eight: Caregiver and Family Stress, Elder Abuse
- Identify warning signs of caregiver stress.
- Understand familial and caregiver relationships, the boundaries and trust that ensue.
- Identify signs of elder abuse and the proper strategies to stop and report.
Unit Nine: End of Life Care
- Understand the differences and similarities between palliative care and hospice
- Identify the signs and symptoms of impending death
- Identify strategies for handling and reporting death of a client in a respectful manner.