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Course Description

Welcome to advocacy for the elderly patient. With growing numbers of seniors in our aging population, families and extended family members are finding themselves in a position where they're providing for some or all of the care for their senior loved ones.

Understanding basic rights of patients and how such rights apply to the elderly will help you become an advocate for not only elderly patients, but for other family members and friends. In this course, you'll learn what an advocate is, what one does, and why it's important to be an advocate for patient care today.

You'll also learn not only how to be a well educated advocate, but to do your part to preserve the dignity of seniors, prevent elder abuse, and understand the basics of elderly patient care at home, in assisted living facilities and in nursing homes or other care scenarios. You'll learn the importance of nutrition and providing senior-friendly living spaces. You'll learn how to effectively evaluate nursing homes and understand the legal rights of seniors and how to protect them from scams.

As an educated advocate, you'll also learn how to identify and report red flags when it comes to senior care, including elderly abuse and more personal aspects of care, including hygiene. You'll also learn the importance of documents such as advance directives and powers of attorney in order to provide the best in secure, comforting and effective senior care that maintains their independence and dignity in all areas of their life.

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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe a advocate for the elderly is and what the job entails.
  • Know how to maintain and preserve the dignity of the elderly.
  • Describe methods for recognizing and preventing elder abuse.
  • Describe quality of life issues.
  • Identify methods and techniques for providing safe environments.
  • Know patient care advocacy in home-based settings and nursing homes.
  • Identify nursing home resident's rights and elderly legal rights.
  • Identify red flags when determining proper elder care.
  • Know the processes of death and dying, what to expect, and how to cope and support, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
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Universal Class, Inc. has been approved as an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this approval, Universal Class, Inc. has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is widely recognized as the Standard of good practice internationally. As a result of their Accredited Provider status, Universal Class, Inc. is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its courses that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

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Lesson 1. What Is an Advocate?

In this lesson, you'll learn what an advocate is, what one does, and why it's important to be an advocate for patient care today. 13 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review Article: Becoming a Senior Advocate
  • Review Article: What is an Elder Advocate?
  • Take Poll: Senior Advocate
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2. Preservation of Dignity

Taking care of the elderly means ensuring they have the comfort and security that every human being needs. 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review Article: 7 Tips for Preserving Dignity
  • Review Article: Overdoing the Help
  • Review Article: Elderly And Dignity Quotes
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3. Preventing Elder Abuse

Understanding the different types of elder abuse may help you become more adept at recognizing it, doing something about it, or preventing it. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review Article: How to Prevent Elderly Abuse
  • Review Article: What is Elder Abuse?
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4. Quality of Life Issues

This lesson will introduce quality of life issues that should be at the top of the list for any senior advocate. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review Article: A Life Worth Living
  • Review Article: Quality of Life in Long Term Care
  • Review Article: Quality of Life in the Elderly
  • Take Poll: Quality of Life
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5. Providing Safe Environments

In this lesson, we'll cover the basics of how you can provide a safe environment for a loved one in a number of scenarios and what it means to provide a safe living environment for the elderly. 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review Article: Home Safety
  • Review Article: Create a Safe Environment
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6. Patient Care Advocacy in Home-based Settings

For you to be an informed and effective elder care advocate, it's important to be aware of the most important aspects of senior health and wellness, prevention of harm, and resources available in order to provide the best patient care possible. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review Article: Becoming a Patient Advocate
  • Review Article: Living in Their Homes
  • Review Article: The Aging of America
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7: Advocacy for Elders in Nursing Homes

Expectations of care can be defined as what a senior family member expects in a nursing home, an assisted living facility, or through services obtained by a home health care agency. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review Article: Leaving the Nursing Home
  • Review Article: Nursing Homes Abuse Advocate
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8. Nursing Home Resident's Rights

This lesson will focus on specific rights of residents, or at least the rights that should be observed and followed by not only seniors, but also their families, physicians, and most importantly, advocates. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review Article: Rights of Nursing Home Residents
  • Review Article: Rights of the Elderly
  • Review Article: Residents' Rights: NORC
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9. Legal Rights

One of the most important jobs you'll have is in elderly patient advocate, whether you're a professional, or a volunteer, or layperson, is to protect the legal rights of seniors. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review Article: Seniors and Fraud
  • Review Article: The Legal Needs of the Elderly
  • Review Article: Fraud Target: Senior Citizens
  • Take Poll: Scams and Frauds
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10. Red Flags

To receive Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement, nursing homes must undergo yearly inspections by state accrediting organizations which follow state and Federal standards and guidelines regarding quality care. 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review Article: Common Problems
  • Review Article: Elder Care
  • Review Article: Nursing Home Pro
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Exam

Lesson 11. Death and Dying

As an elderly patient advocate, you need to know the types of documents and situations that may be involved in the death and dying process of patients. 61 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review Article: Power of Attorney
  • Review Article: Sample Advance Health Care Directive
  • Take Poll: Let us know what you think of this course
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Exam
  • Complete: The Final Exam
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Course Title: Advocacy for Elderly Patients
Course Number: 8900161
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: Support/Advice
CEU Value: 0.6 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Cheryl Reinerio, RN, BC, MSN
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Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $75.00

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