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HHA: Arthritis Care

presented by Dedee Culley, RN

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Financial: DeDee Culley receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: DeDee Culley has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 20 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 8 Minutes

In this course on arthritis care, aides will learn the prevalence of arthritis in the United States, as well as the different types of arthritis commonly seen in home care. Aides will then become familiar with the common symptoms their patients encounter with arthritis. Next, aides will learn the general and specific safety and patient care needs required to assist their patients with arthritis. Documentation and reporting are important aspects of care the entire home care team needs to understand. In the final section of the course, aides will learn proper documentation and reporting tips specific to patients with arthritis. With this knowledge, aides will be able to spend their time providing the best possible and most rewarding care to their patients.

Meet Your Instructor

Dedee Culley, RN

Dedee Culley is a registered nurse with more than 19 years of experience, with the last 10 years being specifically in the home health and hospice areas. She has been a field nurse, case manager, educator, and director of operations in agencies. She has also served as a clinical expert analyst for a software vendor,…

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1. Course Overview and Case Scenario

Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States, affecting more than 50 million people. As an aide, the likelihood of having such a patient is extremely high. In this chapter, the aide will introduced to a patient and the complexities surrounding arthritis.

2. Arthritis Types and Characteristics

In this chapter, the aide will learn what arthritis is in general, as well as the two most common types of arthritis seen in home care. The symptoms and progression of each and how they may differ among patients will be discussed.

3. Personal and Safety Care

As an aide providing care to any patient, it is important to follow general safety rules. When caring for a patient with arthritis, there are also specific safety and personal care issues to keep in mind. In this chapter, we will discuss what these are and their importance.

4. Documentation and Reporting

Documentation and reporting keep the patient safe and ensure the entire home care team knows and understands what is going on with the patient. In this chapter, aides will be given examples specific to arthritis care they need to be familiar with and report to the nursing supervisor.

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