Overcoming Obstacles: A Course for Caregivers

A Training Program for Caregivers of People with Disabilities and Frail Elders: 5th Edition

Note: these materials are currently not available. 

This package of training materials was designed by a national advisory committee to engage two different audiences: 1) direct caregivers and 2) facility administrators and/or trainers in long-term facilities. The direct caregiver training materials are designed to engage direct caregivers in maintaining oral health of people for whom they are caring.

The material for administrators and trainers provides suggestions for facility administrators, directors, supervisors and trainers about how to create and implement an oral health program in an organization.

Most importantly, the training materials can be adapted to a variety of educational settings and structures and may be used in a pyramid training program where oral health professionals train facility managers, supervisors, directors, or training staff and they in turn train direct care staff.

The training program is contained on two discs, a CD and a DVD. 

CD Contents
  1. The Direct Caregiver Workbook (PDF)
  2. The Daily Mouth Care Plan Form (PDF)
  3. The Administrators and Trainers Manual (PDF)
  4. The Pre and Post Tests (PDF)
  5. A PowerPoint presentation that covers the concepts in the Direct Caregiver Workbook
  6. The Direct Caregiver Video formatted for playback on a computer
  7. The MDS Oral Health Assessment Video formatted for playback on a computer
DVD Contents
  1. The Direct Caregiver Video with three viewing options
    • Part I — Direct Caregiver Workbook, Chapters 1- 6
    • Part II — Direct Caregiver Workbook, Chapters 7-13
    • The entire video (Parts I & II with no break)
  2. The MDS Oral Health Assessment Video for nursing staff working in licensed long-term care facilities