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Dementia: Supporting Caregivers

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Authors:
     Susan Walters Schmid, PhD
     Stephanie Zeman, RN, MSN

Contact hours: 1.5
Expiration date: June 1, 2021
Course price: $19

Course Summary

This course responds to a growing public health concern for those who are caregivers of people with dementia. With growing responsibility for ADLs and IADLs, caregivers find themselves in isolation. Social frameworks including the CARE Act and the RAISE Family Caregivers Act are designed to support caregivers. Practical advice includes learning how caregivers want to receive information and transferring information on medical/nursing tasks and medication management. Finally, this course addresses the role of assessments, mental health and emotional support, and managing stress, while advising that caregivers find ways to take a break from these sometimes-onerous duties.

The following course information applies to occupational therapy professionals:

  • Target Audience: Occupational Therapists, OTAs
  • Instructional Level: Intermediate
  • Content Focus: Category 1—Domain of OT, Client Factors

Criteria for Successful Completion

A score of 80% or higher on the post test, a completed evaluation form, and payment where required. No partial credit will be awarded.

Accreditation

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Course Objectives

When you finish this course you will be able to:

  1. State 3 reasons why caregiver support is a public health concern.
  2. List 4 challenges for healthcare providers working with dementia care recipients and their caregivers.
  3. Name 5 ways you can support caregivers who are caring for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
  4. Name 6 risks for caregivers as they are providing support for people who have dementia.