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Geriatric Dysphagia:
Management and Treatment
in Long Term Care

An Intermediate Level Course for OT, SLP,
and the Interdisciplinary Team

Contact Hours: 6.0
We are an ASHA, AOTA and IACET course provider.

Target Audience: OT, SLP, RD, RN, LPN

Presented by: Brenda Logsdon, MA, CCC/SLP

Note: This seminar is available only as a sponsored program through rehabilitation companies and facilities. We do not have a calendar of scheduled event dates, as our clients may wish to host the seminar privately vs. inviting the public. Any public seminars for which individuals may register will be posted on this page. For information on hosting this seminar as an in-house or public presentation in your city, Email us by clicking here.

Course Information:

Therapy services continue to be limited and require an even greater focus on interdisciplinary treatment under the Long Term Care PPS system. Dysphagia treatment is a necessary and vital part of therapy that assures a patient’s safety and function in eating. This course is designed as an intermediate level course for Occupational Therapists and Speech-Language Pathologists to develop Dysphagia Management programs in long term care settings. Therapists will become familiar with alternate techniques that will enhance outcomes and support least restrictive outcomes/diets. Therapists will also learn how to establish a “free water” program in a long term care facility to improve hydration and compliance in patients requiring altered fluid consistencies.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the normal anatomy and physiology related to chest and cervical auscultation
  • Be aware of common pulmonary disease processes in the elderly
  • Perform cervical auscultation
  • Understand NPO feedings, contraindications and benefits as well as medical necessity vs. patient rights
  • Implement treatment options for advancing the NPO patient
  • Establish a free water program
  • Identify and use alternative diets for treatment

Target Audience:

This course covers intermediate level material related to geriatric dysphagia management. It is designed for OTs and SLPs working with the geriatric population and is also open to RNs, LPNs, Dieticians, COTAs and other members of the interdisciplinary care team. Those who work in long term care, hospitals and home health will all find this course information beneficial.

Program Schedule (start time can be modified based on client's preference):

There will be two 10-minute breaks

8:30 Registration and coffee
9:00 Respiration
  *Normal anatomy, physiology and auscultation
  *Common pulmonary diseases of the elderly
      Anatomical and physical changes
      Sounds and descriptions
  *Stethoscope parts; practice
9:45 Cervical Auscultation
  *Why use?
  *How to perform
      Normal swallow acoustics and timing
      Interpretation of swallow and acoustics
11:15 The NPO Patient
  *Benefits/contraindications of NPO & Oral Feeding
  *Ethics, medical necessity and patient rights
  *Case examples
12:00 Lunch (on your own)
1:00 Free Water Program
  *Definition & Research
      Water and the pulmonary system
      Role of oral care
  *Program Development in the ECF — Protocol & Staffing
  *Treatment techniques in NPO and other patients
      Advancing from NPO
      Advancing from altered diets
3:00 Alternative Diets
  *Commercial thickening vs. “homemade”
  *Naturally soft and pureed foods
  *The National Dysphagia Diet levels
4:00 Audience questions, course evaluations
4:15 Adjourn

About the Instructor:

Brenda Logsdon, MA, CCC/SLP has over twelve years experience as a speech-language pathologist, specializing in long term care for the last ten years. She is a graduate of Kent State University, and has practiced since 1989 in pediatrics, outpatient, subacute, intermediate care, assisted living, independent living, long term care, management and mentoring. She has presented dysphagia management courses at several Ohio state conventions (AOPHA, ODH, OHCA), and also teaches a seminar on traumatic brain injury. Brenda especially enjoys teaching other members of the health care team, noting how each discipline can bring their unique expertise to the plan of care. Currently, she provides SLP services to skilled nursing facilities in central Indiana.

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