Caring for Cognitively Impaired Residents
Recorded On: 06/05/2023
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 one's 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 a 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.
Angie Szumlinski, LNHA, GERO-BC, RAC-CT, BS
Director of Risk Management
HealthCap Risk Management Services
Ms. Szumlinski is a nationally-recognized leader in long-term care, with a wealth of experience in virtually every operational and clinical aspect of the industry. She has experience as an Owner/Provider, Administrator, Director of Nursing, Corporate Quality Assurance Coordinator, and independent consultant. In the last 8 years, she has personally conducted over 1,000 on-site risk management visits at facilities across the country, touching every acuity level within the long-term care spectrum. As a nationally recognized presenter for health care associations on current trends and best practices in the long-term care industry, Ms. Szumlinski is the author of hundreds of best-practice bulletins, in-service modules, and has hosted hundreds of risk management seminars across the country. Respected for success in assisting facilities in achieving and maintaining regulatory compliance, Ms. Szumlinski served two terms as an Associate Board Member for NCAL, is a member of the AHCA Survey/Regulatory Committee and served as a team leader for the AHCA/NCAL Quality Award program for 8 years. Ms. Szumlinski is the Nurse Planner for HealthCap Risk Management’s American Nursing Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) accredited education program.
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