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Feasibility of a Web-Based Dementia Feeding Skills Training Program for Nursing Home Staff

Journal Article Training & Advanced Roles
May 25, 2015

This journal article presents the results of a web-based training intervention in which staff from two southern U.S. nursing homes were trained in providing feeding assistance to elders living with dementia. In one of the nursing homes, however, the web-based training was supplemented with in-person group coaching sessions. The researchers found that the group that went through the coaching sessions spent more time with — and were more effective in — helping to feed residents.

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Key Takeaways

"Nursing home staff do not receive adequate training for providing feeding assistance to residents with dementia."
"Randomly assigned, the intervention staff received web-based dementia feeding skills training with coaching."
"This study suggests that training staff to use current clinical practice guidelines improves meal intake."
 
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