The Dysphagia management course for care staff covers 4 main topics;
Each topic includes a video, a handout to read, and a quiz to test your knowledge.
This Course offers an advanced look at the signs and symptoms of Dysphagia giving clinical staff the knowledge they need to identify and better manage residents who are at a higher risk of swallowing difficulties. You will learn how to: Understand how normal swallowing works and the anatomical structures involved Understand and identify the stages of a swallow Differentiate between aspiration and choking Determine which residents are at a higher risk of developing swallowing difficulties Recognise the signs of a swallowing difficulty Comprehend the consequences of unmanaged swallowing difficulties
The Management of Dysphagia course arms clinical staff with the vital information they need to ensure safe swallowing, and identify and respond to signs that swallowing may be compromised to prevent the risk of choking. You will learn how to: Monitor swallow safety Create safe swallow strategies Identify optimal positioning for eating and drinking Identify cueing and the need for assistance Recognise the signs that swallowing safety may be impaired before, during and after meals Understand emergency procedures and medications and when they need to be used Refer to speech pathology
The Modified Diet and Fluids course gives clinical staff a solid grounding in thickened fluids and texture-modified diets that are provided for the treatment of dysphagia. Looking at why modified diets and fluids are needed and how to make them, staff are equipped to provide better patient care at mealtimes. You will learn how to: Understand the rationale behind diet and fluid modification Know and define modified diets and fluids using the Australian standard terminology Identify other foods and supplements which may require modification Identify high risk and choking risk foods Understand exclusions and areas of caution Make thickened fluids Understand the role of thickening powder Refer to speech pathology
The Oral Care course provides instruction on effective dental cares for dysphagia suffers and looks at the importance of good oral health and hygiene to ensure the comfort and safety of residents. You will learn how to: Define what oral hygiene is Identify the risk factors associated with poor oral hygiene in dysphagia sufferers Identify key indicators of poor oral health Appropriately manage mouth cares for residents with natural dentition and dentures Effectively manage dry mouths Recognise the special considerations for oral hygiene in residents with dysphagia