Best Practices in Dementia Care and Caregiver Support
Critical Decisions in Advanced DementiaLast Reviewed: March 4, 2019
What You’ll Learn
- Understand the prevalence of and management strategies for common medical complications in people with advanced dementia, including swallowing problems, infections, and pain.
- Describe the pros and cons of long-term feeding-tube placement and hand feeding, factors to consider when eating and swallowing issues arise, and communication tips for discussing these complications with caregivers/family.
- Understand how to assess for pain in patients with advanced dementia and describe non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic strategies for managing pain.
- Describe strategies for identifying and managing infections in people with advanced dementia and decision-making considerations for caregivers/family.
This course was created with generous support from the nonprofit Gary and Mary West Health Institute.
What You’ll Earn
CAPC members can earn the following free continuing education credits:
Case Management: 1.00 CE
Licensed Professional Counselors: 1.00 CE
Medicine: 1.00 CME, 1.00 ABIM MOC
Nursing: 1.00 CNE
Social Work: 1.00 CE (NASW)
Social Work: 1.00 CE (NYSED)
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Tools & Resources
Considerations for Eating Problems in Advanced DementiaLast Updated: February 26, 2019
Tips for careful hand-feeding, swallowing safety, and increasing the appeal of food. Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2019.members login
Communication Tips for Discussing Feeding Tubes in DementiaLast Updated: March 1, 2019
Four communication tips for clinicians when discussing use of feeding tubes for people with advanced dementia. Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2019.members login
Principles of Pharmacologic Pain Management in People Living with DementiaLast Updated: February 26, 2019
Considerations for analgesics prescribing in people living with dementia.members login
Assessing Needs of People Living with DementiaLast Updated: March 29, 2019
Recommended validated assessment tools for common comorbid conditions.download
Medicare's Hospice Benefit for Beneficiaries with Alzheimer's DiseaseLast Updated: February 26, 2019
Alzheimer's Association FAQs about the hospice eligibility for people living with dementia.view
FAST ScaleLast Updated: February 26, 2019
For staging and prognosis after a dementia diagnosis.view
Course References: Critical Decisions in Advanced DementiaLast Updated: February 26, 2019
Course citations. Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2019.members login
Cindy Barton, MSN, GNP, BC. Nurse Practitioner, UCSF Memory and Aging Center.
Andrew E. Esch, MD, MBA. Consultant Center to Advance Palliative Care.
Stefanie Bonigut, LCSW. Family Services Manager. Alzheimer's Association of Northern California and Northern Nevada.
Jim Palmer, MSW, LCSW. Palliative Care Social Worker. Mount Sinai Hospital.
Marta Kazandijan, MA, CCC-SLP, BSC-S. Director, Division Speech Pathology and Swallowing. New York Presbyterian Queens and Silvercrest Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation.
Gina Decker. Caregiver.
Constance Dahlin, MSN, ANP-BC, ACHPN, FPCN, FAAN. Consultant, Center to Advance Palliative Care.
Melissa Bakar, MD. Integrated Fellow in Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine. Mount Sinai Hospital.
Karl B. Bezak, MD. Board Certified Internal Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellow
Nora Brennan, RN. Cardiology. University of Pennsylvania Hospital System.
Gail Gongaware, RN, BSN, CCM, MS. Education manager, Education and Training, VNSNY.
Kristin Chouinard, RN, CHPN. Gerontology. North Shore Elder Services, Partners Healthcare.
Philip Higgins, PhD, LICSW. President Lighthouse Counseling of Salem, Inc.
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