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Debra Collins
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Cognitive and Sensory Impairments

This inservice is designed for long term care nursing assistants, CNA's, and home health aides to describe goals, interventions, and communication techniques for assisting residents and clients with memory problems, impaired decision-making, impaired hearing, impaired speech, and visual impairment. Validation Therapy is described. Steps for hearing aid care are explained.

Objectives

On completion of this course, the participant will be able to:   

  • List two kinds of memory problems.
  • Describe six interventions for assisting residents and clients with memory problems. 
  • Explain the basic technique of Validation Therapy. 
  • Describe three types of decision-making problems. 
  • Name four interventions for assisting residents and clients with decision-making problems. 
  • List three interventions for assisting residents and clients with impaired hearing. 
  • Explain the steps of hearing aid care. 
  • Describe four interventions for assisting residents and clients with impaired speech. 
  • List four interventions for assisting residents and clients with visual impairment.

Curriculum

Chapter 1: Introduction to Cognitive and Sensory Impairment 

Chapter 2: Memory Problems

Kinds of Memory Problems
Levels of Assistance
Goals for Increasing Independence
Communication Interventions
Assisting with the Activities of Daily Living
Altering the Resident’s or Client’s Environment
Reorientation and Validation Therapy 
 
Chapter  3: Impaired Decision-making

Types of Decision-Making Problems
Degrees of Decision-Making Abilities
Interventions
Goals 

Chapter 4: Impaired Hearing

Degrees of Hearing Impairment
Interventions
Hearing Aid Morning Care
Hearing Aid Evening Care
General Hearing Aid Care 

Chapter 5: Impaired Speech

Causes of Speech Problems
Forms of Impaired Speech
Degrees of Communication Ability
Interventions
Nonverbal Signs of Distress 
 
Chapter 6: Visual Impairment

Degrees of Visual Impairment
Interventions
Assisting with Meals
Caring for Glasses

Chapter 7: References

Course Snapshot

Cost: $ 10.00
Contact Hours: 0.75



Accreditation

Upon successful completion the Home Health Aid or Nurse Assistant will receive a Certificate of Completion for 0.75 inservice contact hour(s).
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