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I Care: Educating Professional And Family Care Partners Of People With Dementia

# e112   I Care: Educating Professional And Family Care Partners Of People With Dementia

by Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC-SLP & Kerry Mills, MPA

0.1 CEUs

$ 24.00

SLPs are in a unique position to educate and assist both professional and family care partners of people with dementia. This online course offers positive, solution-focused practices that SLPs can implement with nursing staff, home health aides, spouses, children, or other care partners to help them support those with dementia. 

This course advocates five strategies that SLPs can use to coach care partners in order to provide quality, loving care, as part of a healthy relationship.  The first step includes an easy-to-comprehend explanation of what is happening in the brain of a person with dementia. Once care partners have this foundation, they are more easily able to make changes in their own behavior and how they view their role in the relationship.  

Building upon this footing, the course then explains how to respond when communication is limited, why "negative" behaviors are often seen, how care partners can be most supportive, and how to minimize care partner guilt and stress so they can be more fulfilled in their care giving role.  Also addressed is how to guide family members to prepare for the future, while living in the present, including suggestions for home modifications that will make the home safe and supportive, allowing people to stay home for a longer period of time.  Offered for 0.1 ASHA CEU – 1 contact hour. 

Content Notes: This course is also included in the material of eCourse #e142: Navigating Neurocognitive Disorders: Step-by-Step Identification, Evaluation, Intervention and Collaboration.

Content Disclosure: The content of this online CE course does not focus exclusively on any specific proprietary product or service. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found by clicking on the Presenter & Disclosures tab.

Course Format: Video PowerPoint presentation with author narration & downloadable handout.

At eCourse conclusion, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the role of management versus control when working with someone with dementia.
  • Advise families about critical aspects of planning for the future.
  • Help staff view behaviors as a form of communication.
  • Discuss key interventions for helping people with dementia stay engaged in life and communication.
  • Incorporate environmental modification into treatment recommendations.

A score of 80% or better must be received on the post test in order 
to receive a certificate of completion.

AOTA

Domain of OT:  Client Factors

OT Process: Context and Environment

 

Jennifer A. Brush, MA, CCC-SLP, is an award-winning Dementia Educator, author and consultant. Passionate about enriching the lives of people with dementia, Jennifer is on a mission to put the focus of care on the person’s preferences, interests and abilities. With her 25 years of industry experience, including leading countless live national and international trainings, facilitating ground-breaking research, and managing innovative person-centered care projects for The Mayer-Rothschild Foundation, Jennifer flawlessly bridges the gap between care communities and the individuals they serve. Jennifer serves on the Association Montessori International Advisory Board for Montessori for Aging and Dementia and is the only person in the US teaching this international program.

Jennifer is the author of 5 nationally recognized books on dementia including the silver-medal winning Creative Connections in Dementia Care and I Care, the gold-medal winning work that also received a 5-star rating as a Reader Favorite. Jennifer is widely known for her revolutionary work in the Spaced Retrieval memory intervention, pioneering this area of study and publishing 2 books on the subject.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial — Jennifer Brush is presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.

Financial — Jennifer Brush is presenter of CE seminars sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives speaking fees. 

Financial — Jennifer Brush is author of "Meal Time Matters" and "Meal Time Matters at Home"; receives royalties.
 
Financial  Jennifer Brush is author of "A Therapy Technique for Improving Memory: Spaced Retrieval"
and "Environment and Communication Assessment Toolkit"; receives royalties.
 
Financial — Jennifer Brush is an editor and author for IDEAS Institute; receives consulting fees. 
 
Financial — Jennifer Brush is owner of Brush Development; ownership interests. 
 
Nonfinancial — Jennifer Brush has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose. 

 


Kerry Mills, MPA, is the driving force behind Engaging Alzheimer's. She has earned recognition in the field of Alzheimer's care as a former Regional Manager for the pioneering Hearthstone Alzheimer's Care organization, located in Woburn, MA.  

In Kerry's 12-year career working with the elderly, eight of which were spent directly serving people with Alzheimer's, she has done everything from being executive director of several Alzheimer facilities to developing programs that provide a meaningful lifestyle for those afflicted with this disease. Kerry is also the Dementia Liaison for White Plains Hospital in White Plains, New York and has conducted training workshops for members of the medical staff in best care practices for patients with dementia.

In addition to writing a training manual for personnel attending to the needs of people with Alzheimer's, Kerry successfully completed an assessment of dementia care in all hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, day care programs and home care agencies in the London, UK borough of Barnet. Her resultant treatment proposal was accepted by England's NHS. Whether Kerry is participating in a symposium on health care at the United Nations, sharing her expertise with health professionals in China, moderating a state-of-the-art Alzheimer's program at Boston’s prestigious Coolidge Theatre, guest lecturing to medical professionals in Hong Kong, training professional care-partners in Toronto or simply meeting with a familyshe exhibits a high level of enthusiasm and encouragement and delivers a message of hope regarding this debilitating disease.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial — Kerry Mills is a co-presenter of an online CE course sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.

Financial — Kerry Mills is the owner of "Engaging Alzheimer's" ; receives salary and royalties.

Financial — Kerry Mills is the co-author of "I Care - A Handbook for Care Partners of People with Dementia ; receives royalties.
 
Nonfinancial — Kerry Mills provides consulting on dementia best care practices; she receives no compensation for this role

Intended Audience

  • OT
  • SLP

This program is offered for 0.1 CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional area).

Offered for 1 CEEs. Northern Speech Services’ continuing education activities are eligible for Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC) Continuing Education Equivalents (CEEs) in speech-language pathology. An activity’s eligibility for CEEs does not imply SAC’s endorsement of its content or any associated products or procedures.


AOTA: Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. #4095.
The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

Content Disclosure: The content of this online CE course does not focus exclusively on any specific proprietary product or service. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found by clicking on the Presenter & Disclosures tab.

ASHA CEUs: NSS online courses are registered with ASHA and are offered for ASHA CEUs. The number of CEUs is noted above. Note that 0.1 CEU = 1 contact hour = equals 1 CEE.

Licensing Boards: Most state licensing boards DO accept CEUs earned online (usually classified as home-study credits). Some state boards do, however, place a limit to the number of credits that can be earned via home study/online courses. For the most current information, we suggest that you contact your licensing board or agency to verify acceptance policies and/or any credit limits related to home-study courses prior to registering for this course.

ASHA CE Registry:  During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.

ASHA CEUS: Attendees must meet at least one of the following conditions in order to be eligible to earn ASHA CEUs:

  • Current ASHA Member
  • ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) Holder
  • Licensed by a state or provincial regulatory agency to practice speech-language pathology (SLP) or audiology
  • Credentialed by a state regulatory agency to practice SLP or audiology
  • Credentialed by a national regulatory agency to practice SLP or audiology
  • Engaged in a Clinical Fellowship under the supervision of an individual with their ASHA CCC
  • Currently enrolled in a masters or doctoral program in SLP or audiology

If an attendee is not an ASHA member or CCC holder but meets any of the above criteria, they may inform the ASHA CE Registry of their eligibility by visiting this site.

Additional accrediting agencies by which Northern Speech is an approved CE provider:

  • California: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the California Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology Board. Provider #PDP4. Online CEU limits may apply; please contact SLPAHADB for current online CEU acceptance policies.
  • Iowa: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Iowa Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology Examiners. Provider #169.
  • Kansas: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Provider #LTS-S0005.
  • Peer Reviewed: This course was peer reviewed and registered with ASHA on 02/28/2014.

  • Course Completion Timeframe: You have unlimited time to complete this online course. You may log off and log on as you wish in order to complete all sections of this course.

  • Content Access: Access to course materials and content does not expire, even after completing the post test. You may continue to review course material by logging into your NSS account, clicking the E-Courses tab, and then viewing your desired course.

  • Certificate of Completion: On successful completion of the post test (80%), a certificate will be immediately available for download and/or printing. This certificate will include your name, date of completion (based on the Eastern Standard Time Zone), and number of contact hours (CEUs / CEEs).

  • ASHA CE Registry Submission: During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.

  • Purchase Orders: Purchase orders are NOT accepted when registering for online courses. Payment must be made online in the form of a credit or debit card payment.

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More Offerings by: Jennifer Brush

Ecourses

  E-Course # Course Title & Author CEUs Price  
e77 Using The Environment To Support Communication And Activities Of Daily Living: A Functional Approach For People With Dementia
Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC-SLP and Robin Chilton, MBA, OTR/L and Michelle Bourgeois, PhD, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow and Carrie Bruce, MA, CCC-SLP, ATP and Dr. Margaret Calkins, Ph.D.
0.15 $34.00
e07 Dysphagia Practice: Moving Toward More Comprehensive Treatment Protocols
Robert Arnold, SLP.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-S and Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC-SLP and Roxann Gross, PhD, CCC-SLP and Ianessa Humbert, PhD, CCC-SLP and Cathy Lazarus, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S and Kathy Panther, MS, CCC-SLP
1.2 $149.00
e111 Making The Most of Mealtime: Helping Older Adults Compensate for Sensory Impairment During Meals
Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC-SLP
0.1 $24.00
e124 A Functional Approach for Achieving Meaningful Goals with Persons with Dementia
Michelle Bourgeois, PhD, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow and Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC-SLP and Mary Casper, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
0.3 $59.00
e141 Creative Connections in Dementia Care: Engaging Activities To Enhance Communication for People with Dementia
Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC-SLP and Rev. Katie Norris, M.Div
0.2 $39.00
e142 Navigating Neurocognitive Disorders: Step-by-Step Identification, Evaluation, Intervention and Collaboration
Jeanette Benigas, PhD, CCC-SLP and Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC-SLP and Kelsey Loushin, LICDC-CS, CDP and Rev. Katie Norris, M.Div
0.85 $129.00
e154 Perspectives on Dysphagia Service Delivery: All About Treatment
Karen Dikeman, MA, CCC-SLP, BRS-S and Roxann Gross, PhD, CCC-SLP and Jacqueline Hind, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S and Marta Kazandjian, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S and Cathy Lazarus, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S and Jan Lewin, PhD,CCC-SLP, BCS-S and Christy Ludlow, PhD, CCC-SLP and Kathy Panther, MS, CCC-SLP and Jay Rosenbek, PhD, CCC-SLP, BC-NCD and Paula Sullivan, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S and Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC-SLP and James Coyle, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
2.0 $199.00

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I Care $14.00
A Clinician's Guide to Successful Evaluation and Treatment of Dementia $49.00

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"This is a quick overview for SLP's to educate Caregivers. It is not in depth but begins the process and sets the groundwork for important dialogue to occur. I plan to use some of the slides as handouts in my facility to educate caregivers. In addition as an individual who has recently had several family members diagnosed with dementia I plan to review this information with their primary caregivers." – M.S. (Dec. 2016)

"Jennifer Brush is an excellent and very clear presenter. She sets up the course with a nice overview initially. Her ideas and suggestions are realistic and thorough." – L.H. (Nov. 2016)

"I liked that the presenter was well spoken and paced the course perfectly. I greatly appreciated the discussion on training care partners to consider the best alternatives to redirect the pt./person with dementia." – R.A. (July 2016)

"It was all good.  Excellent length and information! I especially enjoyed the discussions on the term care partner and focusing on what is remaining - not what is gone." – J.H. (June 2016)

"I like that the information is easy to put into practice." – A.C. (June 2016)

"Excellent course." – L.M. (Mar. 2016)

"Great content!  I really appreciated the discussion on dementia care for care partner." – J.B. (Feb. 2016)

"I loved Step 5: Making the Home safe and supportive. I liked the additional references to utilize in daily practice." – N.S. (Dec. 2015)

"I liked that the format was easy to follow." – K.K. (Dec. 2015)

"The advice for improving interactions with caregivers was really helpful. I liked the practical advice." – J.W. (Dec. 2015)

"The discussion re: caring for the care partner was very beneficial." – J.G. (Dec. 2015)

"I liked the 10 tips for successful communication." – L.M. (Dec. 2015)

 

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