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Care of Those With Disabilities: Meeting Nutritional Needs

Care of Those With Disabilities

Meeting Nutritional Needs

IMPORTANT!! Please check the Board Approval Information below to ensure the course is approved by your professional board and will provide the CE credits you need.

Course Description

The Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities has mandated that 4 hours of annual in-service training or continuing education must be completed by direct care workers giving care to those with disabilities, and be related to the specific needs of at least one recipient being currently served by the direct care worker. (See Appendix C of the iBudget Handbook.) This course has been created to expand the skills of those giving direct care and attendance to clients with disabilities and to meet this educational requirement. The material applies also to other care settings in which weight loss or gain is encountered due to limited mental, emotional or physical abilities, for example, long term care or psychiatric settings. It is written only for CNAs, HHA, or PCTs.

Purpose and Objectives

  • Objective No. 1: Identify obstacles reducing access to healthy food.
  • Objective No. 2: Recognize how oral-motor, positioning, and behavioral problems interfere with eating.
  • Objective No. 3: List ways to assist feeding with dignity while assuring safety.
  • Objective No. 4: Review feeding techniques for those with abnormal tongue movements, and chewing and swallowing difficulty.
  • Objective No. 5: Review characteristics of healthy food choices.
  • Objective No. 6: Identify ways to introduce dietary changes.
  • Objective No. 7: recognize how to support a dietary weight-loss and exercise plan.

About the Author

Linda S. Greenfield, RN, PhD

Linda is the educational administrator, author and instructor for Consultants for the Future. She is a graduate from Iowa State University and Columbia Pacific University and was listed in Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities as a doctorial student. She has taught hundreds of seminars and authored home study courses for over thirty five years in healthcare continuing education.

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Her clinical experiences include acute and long term care, including experience as a flight nurse in the US Air Force and as an educator in a college based nursing program. Linda has a passion for life-long learning and is always on the breaking edge of the latest information in health and healing, integrating both conventional and alternative approaches. She has a knack for breaking down complex topics into easy to understand concepts with practical applications for everyday needs. Linda has been honored as a keynote speaker at several conferences and conventions, including the Spring 2005 conference of the Iowa Department of Health where she spoke about energy healing.

Board Approval Information

Care of Those With Disabilities
Meeting Nutritional Needs

Consultants for the Future has been approved by the Florida Boards of Nursing, and the Florida Certified Assistants Council, Provider No. 50-434. This course does not provide credit for nurses.


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