Dentistry in Long-Term Care: Creating Pathways to Success
Earn 10 hours of CE credit learning how to deliver dental care successfully in nursing homes
The online CE course Dentistry in Long-term Care: Creating Pathways to Success can help you expand your practice to nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and senior centers. With the rapid increase of the population over age 65, extending care to these settings is a great opportunity to expand your practice, keep your patients throughout their entire lifespan, and take care of their families too.
Currently, more than 1 million nursing home residents face the greatest barriers to accessing dental care of any population group. Older Americans are also keeping their teeth longer and developing dental problems as they become dependent on multiple care systems for a variety of needs.
Providing dental care to nursing home residents makes a difference in people’s lives and can be personally and professionally rewarding for dental professionals who are up to the challenge.
This is an online, self-paced course that you can take on your own time and receive 10 hours of continuing education credit. The course has an introduction and 8 modules that cover the following topics:
- How are long-term care facilities organized and who works there?
- Getting involved: choosing a delivery model that works for you
- Regulatory and legal compliance
- Creating and organizing an oral health program
- Working with complex patients
- Financial considerations in LTC
- Establishing an environment where effective daily mouth care happens
- Staying current: accessing the scientific literature
Members only $250 / Non-members $650
Additional staff members $150 per person
Dentists who register for the program can register up to 3 of their non-dentist team members at the reduced tuition of $150 per person. Team members must register at the same time as the dentist to take advantage of the reduced tuition.
Long-Term Care Toolkit
This toolkit, which is highly customizable, was designed as a template for promoting long-term care programs. The materials included were developed with ease of use in mind.
Each dentist will receive a complimentary copy of the training program Overcoming Obstacles to Oral Health ($195 value). The program includes a CD-ROM and DVD with printable forms, tests, manuals, workbooks and videos designed to train caregivers about oral health for frail elderly people and people with disabilities.
To learn more about the course, watch the video.