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HHA: Caring for a Patient With Dementia

presented by Tina Marrelli, MSN, MA, RN, FAAN

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Financial: Tina Marrelli is an employee and share holder of Marrelli and Assoc. Inc, with book sales. Tina Marrelli is  a share holder with book sales of Innovative Caregiving Solutions LLC. Tina Marrelli is an author who receives book royalties from Sigma Theta Tau International Publishing. Tina Marrelli receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. Kim Corral is an employee and share holder of Chelta, Inc  Kim Corral receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. For both instructors there are no financial interests beyond the production of this course.
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One in three seniors dies from Alzheimer's or dementia every year. In 2018, Alzheimer's and other dementias will cost the nation $277 billion, and these costs could escalate to $1.1 trillion in the next 30 years. Increasingly, home health and hospice aides care for the patients with dementia. While Alzheimer's disease is the most familiar type of dementia, there are many others. Understaning the different types of dementia and the areas of the brain they affect will help the aide to care for people with different types of dementia. Underlying the practice of the aide should be a patient- and family-centered approach to dementia care, which involves tailoring care to the abilities and the changing needs of each person affected by the disease.

Meet Your Instructor

Tina Marrelli, MSN, MA, RN, FAAN

Tina Marrelli is the president of Marrelli and Associates, Inc., a publishing and consulting firm working in home care for more than 30 years. Tina is the author of 13 books, including the Handbook of Home Health Standards: Quality, Documentation, and Reimbursement (6th edition, 2018). Other books include A Guide for Caregiving: What's Next? Planning…

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1. Case Scenario and Course Overview

This chapter opens the course by reviewing a representative case study that will be referenced throughout the course. The learning objectives for this course are also reviewed.

2. Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia

In this chapter, participants will learn to identify the onset of dementia in their patients, and how symptoms change as dementia becomes more severe.

3. Communication Strategies

Chapter Three provides practical communication strategies to improve interactions with persons experiencing dementia, both at initial onset and as symptoms become more severe.

4. Goals of Care, Observation, Documentation, and Reporting

This chapter concludes the course by reviewing goals of care for home health aides, including providing excellent personal care and safety. This chapter also covers personal care considerations, and important standards for documentation during care.

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