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HHA: ADL Modifications for Declining Patients

presented by Heather Calhoun, BSN, COS-C, HCSD, HCS

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Financial— Heather Calhoun receives compensation from MedBridge for the production of this course. There are no other relevant financial relationships. Nonfinancial— No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

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Performance of activities of daily living, also known as ADLs, are an essential part of life. Yet most declining patients find it hard or even unsafe to perform them. This course will explore ways that the home care aide can assist a patient in modification of ADLs while allowing the declining patient to remain as safe and independent as possible. This course will also explore critical thinking skills needed in observing and reporting patient decline in the home setting.

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Heather Calhoun, BSN, COS-C, HCSD, HCS

Heather has been in the home care industry for the past 26 years. She received her Bachelors Degree in Nursing from the University of Alabama in Bimingham in 1992. She has extensive field and case management experience in both home health and hospice. Heather has held various positions in home health and hospice agencies to…

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1. Case Scenario and Course Overview

In this chapter, we will introduce the agenda and learning objective for this course and present an example of a scenario you may encounter in your work with patients.

2. ADL Modifications for Eating, Dressing, and Grooming

Physical and sometimes mental decline are evident in most elderly patients. This chapter will summarize how these types of decline affect home care and patients' abilities to safely perform these specific ADLs.

3. ADL Modifications for Toileting, Transfers, and Bathing

Often the declining patient will need considerable assistance in safe ability to move throughout the home. In this section the participant will see how to modify the environment to provide safe care with transferring and bathing.

4. Observing and Reporting: Documenting Changes and the Care Plan

The care plan is considered the road map for home care aides. Documentation that follows this care plan is a part of all home care patients. This chapter will look at ways to document the care that is being provided and also look at the care plan needs modification as the patient declines.

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