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HSCI 1023 - Health Support Specialist in Memory Care

Credits: 1
Hours/Week: Lecture 1Lab None
Course Description: This course will explore the aging process as it relates to an individual who has memory loss and/or a dementia related diagnosis. Topics will include changes affecting communication skills and daily routines, recognizing common behaviors associated with memory loss, and implementing behavior interventions. The course will also introduce the student to methods for involving the family in decisions that provide purposeful living for the individual.
MnTC Goals
None

Prerequisite(s): Nursing Assistant Registered (NA/R) Acceptance within three months of starting classes into the HSS program with approved contract with chosen organization for apprenticeship.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: None

Major Content
  1. AA. Nutrition
  2. BB. Living purposefully; meaningful activities and engagement
    1. Activities for Alzheimer¿s
    2. Activity strategies for sundowning
    3. Strategies for decreasing alarm use
  3. A. Normal aging
  4. B. Stereotypes and myths
  5. C. Principles of aging
  6. D. Memory and aging
  7. E. Overview of Alzheimer¿s disease and related dementias
  8. F. Define dementia
  9. G. Define Alzheimer¿s disease
  10. H. Stages of Alzheimer¿s disease
  11. I. Other related dementias
  12. J. Communication techniques with elders experiencing memory loss
  13. K. Verbal communication
  14. L. Nonverbal communication
  15. M. Barriers in communication
  16. N. How people with dementia process information differently
  17. O. How people with dementia process information differently
  18. P. Strategies for effective communication
  19. Q. Common behavior expressions and challenges associated with Alzheimer¿s disease
  20. R. Wandering
  21. S. Hoarding
  22. T. Repetitive speech and movement
  23. U. Acting out
  24. V. Catastrophic reactions
    1. 5 R¿s of response
  25. W. Assessing and prevention of behavior
    1. Interventions
    2. Validation
    3. Stop and Watch
    4. Non-pharmacological approaches
  26. X. Resisting cares
  27. Y. Personal Care Issues
  28. Z. ADLs; bathing, toileting, dressing, grooming
  29. CC. Learning to care for the family as well as the individual living with dementia

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. define dementia and Alzheimer¿s disease.
  2. demonstrate interventions with challenging behavioral expressions associated with memory loss.
  3. describe the normal aging process related to memory.
  4. define dementia and Alzheimer¿s disease.
  5. demonstrate interventions with challenging behavioral expressions associated with memory loss.
  6. identify purposeful meaningful activity for individuals with memory loss.
  7. identify issues and strategies applicable to the HSS role when working with family and community members.
  8. implement leadership and communication skills as they relate to memory care.


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