When Eating Is No Longer Fun is organized by HomeCEU. This Course has been approved for a maximum of 5 Contact Hours.
Speech-Language Pathologists, Recreation/Activities Director, Nursing Home Admins, Dietitian/Nutritionists.
As our population continues to age, health care professionals are confronted with a complex set of questions when caring for patients who fail to thrive. What has caused my patient to stop eating? When do I recommend alternative versus oral feeding? What factors cause aspiration pnuemonia, and how can I get my patient to develop a sense of smell, taste, or an appetite? How can I help my patient develop an interest in food, when my patient is on a low salt, low fat, low sugar, low acid, and fluid restricted diet? How can I keep my patient from the lonliness associated with eating alone, day after day, after day? When do I finally let go?
These are questions which plague all health care professionals who struggle with how, when, and why we feed our patients who are coming to the end stages of their lives.
This course is designed to help the healthcare professional define and create a solid care plan when working with this fragile patient population, to determine when restorative therapy is indicated, when compensatory, alternative strategies are helpful, and when to embrace hospice.
This course is intended to instruct the professional through a study of care options for patients who stop eating.
At the conclusion of this course the participant will be able to:
• Define current definition of adult failure to thrive and how to maintain compliance with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
• Identify lab studies that indicate signs of malnutrition
• Identify the stages of swallowing.
• Recognize how hospice decisions and mortality designations are made.
• List three triggers for a swallowing evaluation.