Ted’s Story – Introduction

Welcome to this six unit online learning resource designed to reduce the stress of caring for patients who are confused, by improving your knowledge on the assessment and management of elderly patient’s mental states.  This resource is based around an actual clinical case.  The video clips are simulations of reality and actors have been used.  However, behaviours and clinical information are accurate and have been legitimated by nurses involved in the patients care.  The units have been designed by international experts in aged care and are based on the latest research available in the area.

Unit 1 covers presentation of common altered mental states in the elderly. Unit 2 covers risk factors associated with acute confusion. Unit 3 introduces you to a tool that can be used to identify acute confusion. Unit 4 is designed to guide you through some new approaches for dealing with acute confusion and perhaps reinforcing some existing skills. Unit 5 deals with the care of relatives of confused patients. Unit 6 covers issues related to looking after yourself when care is challenging.

It is not intended that you complete all the units in one sitting.  Each unit is designed to take about an hour to complete.  At the end of each unit there will be a short test, which you will have to complete successfully in order to progress to the next unit.

To start please proceed to Unit 1.

This is a six unit online learning resource designed for nurses involved in care of the elderly. This resource aims to improve your knowledge of the assessment and management of elderly patient’s mental states in order to help reduce the stress of caring for patients who are confused.

Dr Kate Irving currently works as a lecturer in mental health nursing at Dublin City University, Dr Kate Irving has developed a research interest in dementia care over the course of her professional career.

Email: kate.irving@dcu.ie

Phone Number: +353 1 7007985