Improving Safety and Quality of Life in Persons with Dementia and Their Families

Improving Safety and Quality of Life in Persons with Dementia and Their Families

Release Date: May 10, 2018
Expiration Date: May 10, 2020
Format: Online Enduring Activity

Target Audience

This activity is intended for Interdisciplinary healthcare professionals, RN, LVN, LNFA, SW, LPC, and Home Health Caregivers in 3 types of care settings: facility-based staff, home health caregivers, and primary care physician office staff.

Statement of Need

Quality of life (QOL) has been identified as a primary goal of treatment for persons living with dementia and their families. Reported factors shown to influence QOL include mood, engagement in pleasant activities and ability to perform activities of daily living. The deficits of sensory input and processing, and judgment that occur in dementia patients have a great impact on their safety and ability to perform ADL’s, maintain mood and level of engagement.  This training video addresses interventions and tools that help maintain a QOL for dementia patients and their families. These interventions start with understanding sensory changes and risk awareness deficits in patients and best ways to educate the family caregivers. Special considerations for patients living alone or who don’t have a primary caregiver will be discussed along with community and professional resources. This training video also explores the family caregiver as the “secondary patient” and best practices tools at increasing caregiver competence and confidence and decreasing risk for injury or adverse events.   

This program is the third in a three part series that will address deficiencies in healthcare professional knowledge/competence related to Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and the role of the Healthcare Professional.

Learning Outcome: The participants of this learner paced activity will prepare the health professional to work more effectively with patients who have dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.  Ensuring their patients and the family caring for them communicate effectively to reduce risk and injury and improve their quality of life by keeping them safe.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this activity learners should be able to:

  • Demonstrate best practices to improve quality-of-life in persons with dementia including shared decision making;
  • Discuss the sensory deficits in dementia to anticipate and prepare for safety issues including; pain management, falls, wandering, and activities of daily living;
  • Describe the “secondary patient” and best practices in emphasizing healthy behaviors;
  • Evaluate communication skills between the healthcare professional, person with dementia and their primary caregivers including advance care planning; and
  • Identify and accessing resources for safety and quality-of-life

Accreditation Statements


UNT Health Science Center is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association - Approver, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

This CNE activity has been jointly provided by UNT Health Science Center collaboratively with James L. West Alzheimer's Center.

This activity provides up to 1.00 contact hour.

Social Work

This activity is approved for a maximum of 1.00 Clock Hours for Social Workers.

Licensed Professional Counselor (Texas LPC CEU)

University of North Texas Health Science Center is an approved provider, number 2022, by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors. This activity is approved for 1.00 CEU credit/1.00 clock hours.

Faculty and Disclosures

Linda Abel, RN has nothing to disclose.
Kathlene Camp, PT, MSPT has nothing to disclose.
Susan Farris, FACHCA, LNFA has nothing to disclose.
James R. Hall, PhD, FABMP has nothing to disclose.
Reena Mathews, MD has nothing to disclose.
Linda C. Mayfield, LVN has nothing to disclose.
Laura McEntire, MCSW, ACSW has nothing to disclose.

The UNT Health Science Center INCEDO staff nor any of the planning team have anything to disclose.

Reporting of Perceived Bias
Bias is defined by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation (ANCC COA) as preferential influence that causes a distortion of opinion or of fact.  Commerical bias may occur when a CNE activity promotes one or more product(s), drugs, devices, services, software, hardware, etc).  This definition is not all inclusive and participants may use their own inrerpretation in deciding if a presentation is biased.

The ANCC COA is interested in the opinions and perceptions of participants at approved CNE activities, especially in the presence of actual or perceived bias in continuing education.  Therefore, ANCC invites participants to access their "ANCC Accreditation Feedback Line" to report any noted bias or conflict of itnerest in the educational activity.  The toll free number is 1 (866) 262-9730.

Nursing Approval Statement

This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Texas Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

"Improving Safety and Quality of Life in Persons with Dementia and Their Families"

Requirements for Successful Completion:
To receive a certificate of completion, participants are required to attend the entire activity.  To receive credit for your participation you must complete the required posttest and evaluation which follows the activity.

Once successful completion has been verified, a "Certificate of Successful Completion" will be awarded for 1 contact hour.

The objectives of this activity are found above.


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WE-HAIL LogoThis project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U1QHP287350100. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Health Resources and Services Administration or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  No commercial support was received for this activity.