• COURSE HOURS: 1.5

    Are you constantly battling patient malnutrition, dehydration and unsafe feeding techniques at your facility? Think you could make significant improvements in patients' lives if only you could better train nursing assistants, dining assistants and others?

    Meal Time Matters is ideally suited for long-term care facilities to builds skill relating to swallowing disorders, dining and feeding assistance. This introductory course is designed for nursing and therapy assistants as well as rehab aides, caregivers and care professionals

    This course has significant benefits for caregivers and care recipients alike. It has been field tested with proven results for skill building in caregivers. Benefits to care recipients include improvement in safety during meals, increased intake, reduction in dehydration, and improved mealtime interactions.

    Topics covered include: normal swallowing, signs and symptoms of disordered swallowing, diets and liquid consistencies, assistive eating devices, and safe meal time guidelines.

    Teaching methods: This course is provided using instructor lecture via web-based text, pictures and diagrams. References and resources are provided as well. There is one final exam, with the expectation of an 80% score to receive credit for the course.

    AOTA classification codes - Category 2: OT Process: Intervention and Outcome.

    Course Goal: Learners who take this course will gain a basic understanding of the issues of managing mealtime for dsyphagia patients.

    Upon completion of this interactive online course, the learner will be able to:
    • Identify three indicators that patient has a swallowing disorder
    • Explain techniques that can be used to facilitate feeding and nutrition for older adults
    • Implement changes that are necessary to increase safety for individuals during meals
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  • CREDIT HOURS: 2

    Designed for advanced beginners and intermediate learners, this course provides a practical overview of the process, as well as insight into the controversial issues, related to the determination of incapacity and appointment of guardian under guardianship law. The course includes key terms used in guardianship law, important information about the role of experts and their clinical assessments, and guides the development of a written guardianship plan.

    This course consists of two (2) lessons, learning activities, and a final exam. The learner may expect to complete the lesson in two hours. This time period should allow the learner time to explore hyperlinks and conduct learning activities, as required. To receive credit for the course, the Learner must score at least 80% on the final exam.

    Course Goal:

    The Learner will gain an understanding of guardianship law and the process by which the Court appoints a legal guardian to act as a substitute decision-maker for an incapacitated person.

    Course Objectives

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

    • Define the key terms associated with decisional incapacity under guardianship law
    • Describe the process by which an adult may be adjudicated incapacitated and appointed a guardian
    • Discuss controversial issues associated with the need for a guardian
    • Describe the role of experts and how their assessments are used in the judicial determination of incapacity and limited guardian appointments
    • Discuss the importance of a functional assessment in the evaluation of an Allegedly Incapacitated Person (AIP)
    • Identify relevant clinical assessments of the ward in preparing the Guardianship Plan (i.e., the written plan setting forth short and long-term goals for all aspects of the ward’s care following the judicial determination of incapacity and appointment of guardian)

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  • CREDIT HOURS: 4

    This web based course is designed for entry level and intermediate professional guardians, care managers, case managers and caregivers who work with an elderly population. This course is also appropriate for rehabilitation therapists who want to learn about how various professionals serve the needs of elderly wards through guardianship.

    The opportunity for collaborative learning and networking with other professionals is offered through threaded discussions and email.

    Upon completion of the course, the Learner will recognize and analyze patterns in the culture, communication and conflict resolution strategies of older persons in their social environment. You will also be able to recognize normal changes of aging and identify several age related diseases including stroke, orthopedic conditions, and disorders of the eye, ear and mouth. The presentation includes activities and quizzes to promote application to the professional’s own caseload.

    Teaching Methods include: course content delivered in a text format, pictures and graphics, case examples, live web links, references and resources, and the opportunity for email interaction with the instructor and fellow course participants. At the conclusion of the course, there is a Final Exam which requires a minimum passing score of 80%.

    COURSE GOAL: To provide the learner with the opportunity to participate in a self-paced, interactive course on effective care of the older ward including (a) issues associated with individual characteristics and cultures of aging wards, their families, caregivers and environments, (b) changes that occur during the aging process, and (c) age related diseases.

    Learner Outcomes:

    Upon completion of this online course, the Learner will be able to:

    • Describe the importance of knowing the ward as an individual
    • Identify various ways to determine the ward’s personal history and personal preferences
    • Identify the influence of culture in the caregiving relationship
    • List physiological, social and economic changes that occur in the aging process and describe their implications for the caregiving relationship
    • Describe clinical signs and symptoms of age related diseases

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  • CREDIT HOURS: 6


    This web based course is designed for entry level and intermediate professional guardians, care managers, case managers and caregivers who work with an elderly population. This course is also appropriate for rehabilitation therapists who want to learn about how various professionals serve the needs of elderly wards through guardianship.

    This course is delivered through text format, guided activities and live web links. The opportunity for collaborative learning and networking with other professionals is offered through threaded discussions and email.

    Upon completion of the course, the Learner will be able to work with healthcare professionals to assess the ward’s environment, remove safety hazards/barriers, and adapt the ward’s environment to promote safety, accessibility and independence.

    You will know how to find professionals and products that a professional guardian may use to facilitate the ward’s ability to function in a safe and healthy environment. The presentation includes activities and quizzes to promote application to the professional’s own caseload.

    Teaching Methods include: course content delivered in a text format, pictures and graphics, case examples, live web links, references and resources, and the opportunity for email interaction with the instructor and fellow course participants. At the conclusion of the course, there is a Final Exam which requires a minimum passing score of 80%.

    COURSE GOAL: To provide the professional guardian with the opportunity to participate in a self-paced, interactive learning environment to learn how to provide effective care for the older ward, including (a) meeting the ward’s needs for physical health and safety, (b) allowing the ward to participate as fully as possible in all decisions and activities, (c) finding people and products that a professional guardian may use to facilitate the ward’s ability to function in a safe and healthy environment, and (d) using safety equipment and other tools to create a safe and accessible environment.

    Learner Outcomes:

    Upon completion of this interactive online course, the Learner will be able to:

    • Identify various health care practitioners, their respective roles and how each of them can assist in care of the ward
    • Identify safety hazards/barriers in the ward’s environment that limit accessibility, safety and independence
    • Describe various ways to remove safety hazards/barriers and/or adapt the ward’s environment to promote accessibility, safety and independence
    • Identify and describe the purpose of various safety equipment and tools to create a safe environment for the ward

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