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NUR166 - Nutrition and Hydration of the Elderly (2.5 HR)

Purpose: Health care professionals will increase their understanding of the nutrition and hydration needs of their elderly patients. Objectives: 1. Define normal nutrition; 2. List the essential nutrients; 3. Describe the nutrition and hydration requirements of the elderly; 4. Describe the four basic facility diets; 5. State the purpose of calorie counts and food intake studies; 6. Define dysphagia and explain the risks of this condition; 7. Describe the general care of the patient with dysphagia and swallowing problems; 8. State the purposes of therapeutic diets; 9. List the types of alternative nutrition; 10. Describe the appropriate nursing interventions to assist patients in obtaining adequate nutrition and hydration. Continuing Education Credits: 2.5 contact hours Iowa BON #335; 2.5 contact hours CA Board of Nursing CEP 14033; 2.5 contact hours CE Broker # 50-4572 Florida and District of Columbia; 0 contact hours for Social Work State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. License No. 159.001315; 0 contact hours for Physical Therapy State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. License No. 216.000284; 0 contact hours for Occupational Therapy State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. License No. 224.000164; 2.5 CE hours for certified nursing assistants; long term care department heads; and other health care disciplines.