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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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  • 6 Months to Complete
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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.
  • Lesson 2. Preservation of Dignity

    Taking care of the elderly means ensuring they have the comfort and security that every human being needs.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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: 0.8 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
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $75.00

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe a advocate for the elderly is and what the job entails.
  • Summarize 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.
  • Summarize 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.
  • Summarize 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.
An IntroductionAssignment5
Lesson 1 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 1 ExamExam10
Lesson 2 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 2 ExamExam10
Lesson 3 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 3 ExamExam9
Lesson 4 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 4 ExamExam9
Lesson 5 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 5 ExamExam10
Lesson 6 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 6 ExamExam8
Lesson 7 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 7 ExamExam9
Lesson 8 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 8 ExamExam8
Lesson 9 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 9 ExamExam7
Lesson 10 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 10 ExamExam10
Lesson 11 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 11 ExamExam10
The Final ExamExam50
Total Points:430

Student Testimonials

  • "Broad scope of various areas from signs of abuse to how to pick a nursing home. The links provided are excellent sources to expand on the material." -- Nancy K.
  • " I enjoyed this course. Thank you! Information I learned will help me in my desire become an Senior Advocate." -- Connie R.
  • "I feel that I learned a lot taking this course. I will be taking other classes in the future." -- Janette N.
  • "All of it was good." -- Kathleen K.
  • "The instructor was great! Grading was received quickly. I believe her grading system was very fair. I plan to take more of her courses." -- Tammy D.
  • "I do not know how to pinpoint one thing that was the most helpful. Overall, it was a great course and very helpful. There were links for each lesson that will be useful in the future." -- Lisa S.
  • "The presentation and organization of the material was helpful." -- Susan W.
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