Direct Care Staff Education
The Fundamentals of Peri CareContains 4 Component(s)
Perineal care is performed after a resident uses the bedpan, becomes incontinent, and as a part of daily bathing. As the CNA performs perineal care, he/she is able to observe the skin on the perineal area for signs of infection such as lesions or swelling, which can be early signs of more serious conditions. Remember it is important to look for signs that may indicate infection. This can include pain or tenderness in an area, rashes, sores, or boils. If you notice any of these signs, report them to the nurse immediately. Proper care can help your patient remain comfortable as they recover. Care performed regularly and properly will reduce the risk of urinary tract infection which can lead to bladder and kidney infection.
Caring for Cognitively Impaired ResidentsContains 4 Component(s)
Dementia disease is a progressive decline in cognitive function with memory loss. There are many types of dementia including HIV, vascular, Lewy Body, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, etc. Most are irreversible however when dementia is caused by thyroid disorders, drug interactions or dehydration, the symptoms may be reversible or treatable. Many families are unaware of their loved ones decline until the disease process has progressed significantly and the person is no longer safe. Some of this is denial and other times it is just a difficult thing to discuss with a parent or grandparent. No one will admit they have memory loss if they don’t have to as it is something that has stigma attached to it! This program was developed to assist you the caregiver in providing quality care to your residents with cognitive impairment while maintaining a safe, comfortable environment.
Caring for Residents With Bariatric DiagnosisContains 4 Component(s)
With the increasing rate of obesity, it is important to maintain the dignity of the resident. Obesity has increased from 14.4% to 30.9% from 1976 to 2000. Studies show that bariatric disease and its impact on one’s mobility and quality of life can cause bias, discrimination and social stigmas. There is clear, consistent evidence that individuals with obesity experience discrimination in family, social, education, and employment settings. Even the most compassionate caregiver may be reluctant to provide adequate care because of the threat of caregiver injury. The fear of injury is realistic and combined with the failure to provide satisfactory care to a complex resident, further perpetuation of discrimination toward the obese resident.
End of Life Care: Direct Care StaffContains 4 Component(s)
As the population ages, medical advances are keeping Americans alive longer. In 1950 the average American was only expected to live to be about 68! Today the average life expectancy is 82! This educational session was developed to assist you, the caregiver, in helping a dying resident transition through the dying process and ease them to a peaceful death by understanding the dying process and the importance of respecting each resident’s individual wishes. Always remember, although it is difficult, it is a privilege to provide care to residents at their end of life and you are their source of care and comfort. This 30 minute program was developed to assist you, the direct caregiver, in ensuring your residents are provided with appropriate end-of-life care
Legal Issues for Direct Care StaffContains 4 Component(s)
As a nursing assistant and healthcare employee you are required to follow certain laws. Ethical behavior are standards that develop because of understanding right from wrong and are based on moral values of individual and of society in general. Legal aspects of providing care to frail elders is a hot topic today and one that each of us should be aware of. This one hour program was developed to assist direct care staff in identifying the importance of their role in maintaining a safe and comfortable environment for the residents in their care.
Resident Centered Care: Direct Care StaffContains 4 Component(s)
Resident centered care is more than a process, it is a journey that we choose to take with our residents. The goal of resident centered care is that the resident drive the process, gives insight into the plan and assists in establishing attainable goals. Long gone are the days where the medical team decided the road to take on the journey and isn’t that great news! With resident centered care we will learn to care for the resident as a person versus a disease process or injury. We will take time to be their advocate and share their journey whatever road it takes us on. This 30 minute presentation was developed to encourage all of us to embrace resident centered care for all of the positive things it can provide for you residents, families and caregivers.
Restraints - Not Without Risk: Direct Care StaffContains 4 Component(s)
A restraint is any device, material or equipment attached to or near a person's body and which cannot be controlled or easily removed by the person and which deliberately prevents or is deliberately intended to prevent a person's free body movement to a position of choice and/or a person's normal access to their body. This program was developed to assist you, the caregiver, in identifying what a restraint is and why, if ever, a restraint should be considered. The federal regulations clearly state that a restraint is an intervention of last resort, one used for emergencies. This 30 minute program was developed to assist you in identifying alternatives to restraint use including but not limited to behavior modification, pain management and resident centered care.
Abuse Prevention: Direct Care StaffContains 4 Component(s)
Per CMS, abuse is the willful infliction of injury, unreasonable confinement, intimidation, or punishment with resulting physical harm, pain or mental anguish. Abuse also includes the deprivation by an individual, including a caretaker, of goods or services that are necessary to attain or maintain physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being. Instances of abuse of all residents, irrespective of any mental or physical condition, cause physical harm, pain or mental anguish. It includes verbal abuse, sexual abuse, physical abuse, and mental abuse including abuse facilitated or enabled through the use of technology. Willful, as used in this definition of abuse, means the individual must have acted deliberately, not that the individual must have intended to inflict injury or harm. This 30 minute presentation was developed to assist caregivers in focusing on each resident’s right to be free of abuse and neglect.
Disaster Preparedness – What Is Your Role?Contains 4 Component(s)
Disasters happen, period! Yes, it can happen to you! As a direct care staff member, understanding the steps to take in the event of a disaster is an important part of your position. Our centers are full of frail, elderly residents who are here because they are no longer able to care for themselves. In the event of an emergency, they depend on you and your co-workers to provide protection. This 30 minute educational session was developed with you in mind! Yes, disaster preparedness training is a required training however it doesn’t have to be boring! Let’s keep it interesting, let’s talk about things that directly impact you and provide you with the basics for preventing and/or responding to disasters in your center.
Infection Control/Hand Hygiene/Standard PrecautionContains 4 Component(s)
Standard precautions should be used by healthcare personnel caring for residents REGARDLESS of the resident’s diagnosis and whether or not the resident is known to have a communicable infection. Hand hygiene is the first line of defense for the spread of infection. Good hand hygiene should be practiced at all times by all staff no matter who the resident being cared for is. Hands should be washed before and after contact with residents and/or handling items or surfaces in resident care areas. This 30 minute program was developed to assist you in identifying best practices for infection control and hand hygiene to protect you and your residents.
Pain Management: Direct Care StaffContains 4 Component(s)
Pain Management is a medical approach that draws on disciplines in science and alternative healing to study the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of pain. ...Pain management programs can employ massage therapy, analgesic medications, physical therapy, and epidural steroid injections, among others to treat back pain. For our purposes as direct care staff, pain management is often a matter of positioning, using pillows, raising the head of the bed, etc. but the key is knowing why there is pain before we can treat it. This 30 minute program was developed to assist direct care staff in identifying ways to maintain their residents in a comfortable environment through non-pharmacological interventions.