Title Developing training modules for staff on Aging and Disability issues
Project Number 518175-LLP-1-2011-1-LU-LEONARDO-LMP
Product Module V Pathological Ageing in People with ID
Title Module V Pathological Ageing in People with ID
Product Type modules
Marketing Text This module looks at the most common diseases of old age, how to handle an emergency situation and how to communicate effectively with people with ID.
Section 1 - Pathological aging in ageing people with ID
This section provides an overview of some of the most common pathologies of ageing affecting people with ID, placing an emphasis on the symptoms that are slightly different from those of the general population and thus harder to detect, a difficulty that is further exacerbated by the communication problems that people with ID may have.
A series of case vignettes and exercises completes a review of the following topics:
• Ageing related diseases, grouped in three main categories: neurological and vascular problems, problems related to major organ failure and disorders of movement.
• The concept of multipathology (or comorbidity) where a number of the above disorders coexist in the same person.
• The assessment of the health of the ageing person with ID, with reference to some of the most useful validated tests to monitor the presence and the evolution of symptoms.
Section 2 - Prevention of complications,
This explains some useful ways to prevent health complications related to pathological ageing. In particular:
Useful indicators for avoiding complications of the most common health risks for aging persons with ID: swallowing disorders, malnutrition, pressure sores and falls.
Preventive approaches in multipathology and assessing priorities for treatment at a team level.
Consideration of treatment compliance, working with families and carers and improving communication in order to optimise health.
Section 3 - Management of medical emergencies
This section looks at what constitutes a medical emergency, what might require urgent intervention but not an emergency, and what are expected consequences of disease. The trainee is provided with some suggestions of how to recognise and manage these situations.
• What are the most effective strategies in communicating with emergency services when facing a life threatening situation?
• What basic information is essential in the treatment of sudden cardiac arrest and airways obstruction? Techniques employable by non-health professionals also are detailed.
• What are the most important issues regarding emotional response in facing an emergency?
The module is concluded by a summary of the important issues and a self-test.
Target group Staff Working with Ageing People with ID
After successfully completing this module, the trainee should have acquired the following competencies:
• Managing the care ot ageing people with ID and multiple pathologies
• Adopting a preventive approach to the medical complications of multiple pathologies
• Creating a supporting environment for people with ID and dementia or depression
• Improving compliance through efficient communication with the patient and the family
• Responding effectively to medical emergencies through emotional management
Area of application Social and Heamth care services