1.5 Contact Hour Course
Are you constantly battling patient malnutrition, dehydration and unsafe feeding techniques at your facility? Think you could make significant improvements in patients' lives if only you could better train nursing assistants, dining assistants and others?
Meal Time Matters is ideally suited for long-term care facilities to build skills relating to swallowing disorders, dining and feeding assistance. This introductory course is designed for nursing and therapy assistants as well as rehab aides, caregivers and care professionals
This course has significant benefits for caregivers and care recipients alike. It has been field tested with proven results for skill building in caregivers. Benefits to care recipients include improvement in safety during meals, increased intake, reduction in dehydration, and improved mealtime interactions.
Topics covered include: normal swallowing, signs and symptoms of disordered swallowing, diets and liquid consistencies, assistive eating devices, and safe meal time guidelines.
Course Goal: Learners who take this course will gain a basic understanding of the issues of managing mealtime for dysphagia patients.