Dementia: Care Basics

Course Learning Outcomes

As a result of participating in this learning activity the learner will be able to:

  • Increased knowledge of dementia including symptoms, causes and basic care as evidenced by obtaining 70% or higher on the final exam.

Dementia is a global term used to describe a group of symptoms caused by changes in the brain. It affects a growing number of people each year. This course will provide an overview of dementia, it’s symptoms as well as common causes. Basic care techniques to address the challenges associated with dementia will also be discussed.

This is a self-paced course with knowledge check quizzes after each lesson. These non-graded quizzes allow you to check your understanding of the lesson objectives before proceeding to the next lesson. After the final lesson you will be required to take the final exam. You must score 70% or higher to pass the course and obtain a certificate of completion

  • Define Dementia
  • Identify symptoms of dementia
  • Identify potential causes of dementia
  • Apply various skill techniques for effective dementia caregiving
Contact Time

1 Contact Hour: based on 60 minute contact hour

Estimated Time

The estimated time for completion for this activity is 1 hour(s).

Intended Audience

This course is designed to meet the continuing education requirements of direct caregivers such as aides in home care and skilled nursing facilities.

Course Planning Team

Kathy L. Richie, RN, BSN; Kristi Kiehne; MBA; Marilyn Chambers MSN, RN

Washington State DSHS CE Approval Code: - CO1731711
Washington State Department of Social and Health Services approved this course for CONTINUING EDUCATION PURPOSES for long term care workers.
HLC - Higher Learning Commission
Rochester Community and Technical College is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
HLC Institution ID:1399
Disclosure Statements:

Commercial Support: This course was developed in accordance with ANCC Commercial Support Guidelines. No commercial support was accepted for the development of this course.

Non-endorsement of Products and Off Label Use: This course provides a balanced view of therapeutic options. Use of generic names is always considered before using trade names. Consequently, if trade names are necessary, when available, we will use trade names from several companies. RCTC and the course planning team do not endorsed any products or drugs that may be mentioned in this course.

Bias: This course provides a balanced view of therapeutic options and is free of commercial bias for or against any product or commercial entity. Use of generic names is always considered before using trade names. Consequently, if trade names are necessary, when available, trade names from several companies will be used. RCTC and the course planning team do not endorse any products or drugs that may be mentioned in this course.

Mitigation of Relevant Financial Relationships: No planners or faculty have any financial relationships (with companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients) that are relevant to the content of this educational activity.

Author Originating

Marilyn Chambers - MSN, RN

Marilyn Chambers has been an associate professor and adjunct faculty member at Bethel University, St Paul, MN since 1983. Her areas of expertise are public health, home care, psych-mental health, and leadership. Marilyn has also been a consultant in home care and assisted living since 1995. She works closely with agencies and clinical staff on clinical nursing skills and services, documentation, regulatory compliance, professional and paraprofessional training on skills and compliance as well as serving as a mentor to new RNs, both in the director of nursing role and clinical case management.


Materials used in connection with this course may be subject to copyright protection. Retention of the materials for longer than the class term, unauthorized further dissemination of the materials, or use of copyrighted materials in any way other than intended for this class is prohibited by Copyright and Teach Act laws.


This course was developed with Rochester Community and Technical College's Center for Business and Workforce Education located in Rochester Minnesota. Development of this course was supported by a Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Grant.

Evidence Based References
March 2017 - This Caring Home -
Very Well
March 2017 - Very Well -
Alzheimer Disease
March 2017 - Alzheimer Disease -
National Institute on Aging
March 2017 - National Institute on Aging -
Course Code
Course Category
Paraprofessional Healthcare Continuing Education