It seems so simple. You hire great people who really love to work with elders. But then you’re asked to be certain that the caregiver you send knows how to transfer patients from the bed to the wheelchair. Does your caregiver know what to do when Mrs. Parsons won’t eat anything at all? Does your caregiver know how to assist a frail elder to bathe?
I worried about these issues when I became a caregiver for my mother-in-law in the advanced stages of dementia. We had worked so hard to keep her at home, but I was really sure she didn’t want me to help her in the bathroom. She couldn’t be very helpful in transferring out of bed by this point, and I was terrified that I would drop her and she would break her neck, or a hip. Hiring caregivers was so challenging – agencies told me the caregivers were experienced – but they didn’t really know how to assist my mother-in-law. When a hired caregiver wheeled my mother-in-law – obviously with advanced dementia – to the driver’s side of the car to help her in – I committed myself to developing training for caregivers.
My company, Community Training Connection, Inc. has been training many types of helping professionals since 1993. Our training programs focus on teaching caregivers how to:
- Listen and communicate in a respectful caring way to elders and family members
- Help elders remain independent as long as possible
- Assist with bathing, dressing and grooming
- Appreciate differences in elders –even when illness, communication, behavior problems and dementia make it incredibly challenging
Rhonda Krantz Mayer
President and CEO
I have previously taken classes on-line, however by far this was the most interesting one. I liked all the data and information that was presented.
Ararat Home of Los Angeles
Caregiving is often not a very glamorous job.
But, when you find a great caregiver, they are worth their weight in gold. Show your staff that you value them by investing in them.
Caregiving College™ for home care organizations:
- provides a Tool Kit for dealing with unexpected behaviors
- is an easy to access training program that is fun to use, without compromising the difficulty of the task
- is an effective way to quickly prepare hired caregivers to assist
- respects your time and knowledge
- covers everything from how to find out the “non-negotiables” of the elder to bathing and dressing
- includes a section on Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias
Caregiving College™ Curriculum
Discover more about the person’s daily rituals and things that can’t be negotiated – these may be something as simple as the pattern the person has used to bathe. When you haven’t lived in the same house as your parent in many years, you may not know some of the simple, yet profoundly important, aspects of the way they live their life. Your hired caregivers may not know how to find out what those issues are. When you’ve met one person with (fill in the blank), you’ve met just that one person – each person is unique. Learn how to build on that. This chapter starts the Tool Kit.
Just as communication is critical in the workplace, in family homes where an elder is aging in place, effective communication is vital. This section covers listening as well as speaking. We can’t emphasize enough the value of a caregiver that can communicate with a person – especially when speech is compromised, when dementia has clouded the ability to be understood, or when the caregiver and the elder speak different languages.
We call them ADLs – Activities of Daily Living – sometimes fun activities, sometimes difficult. This chapter adds tips for safely transferring and assisting an elder in walking to the Tool Kit. We’ll cover bathing, dressing and assisting with hygiene. We recently added information on understanding the importance of good nutrition and adequate hydration. You’ll learn techniques to encourage elders to eat and drink – which may become more difficult if there is a progressive disease. And what could be more fun than toileting?
This section helps the caregiver to understand that unusual behavior and changes in personality caused by dementia are not deliberate and willful actions. This section is packed with tips for the caregiver on dealing with repetitive questions, decoding communication, and focusing on the person and not the disease.
All behavior is a way for a person to communicate something. We’ll give your caregiver the tools to deal with the difficult times – the elder is screaming, spitting, hitting, undressing. We’ll also provide tips for engaging the person in activities that are meaningful.
Moving clients can be dangerous for both clients and caregivers. To avoid injuries, caregivers must be careful to follow procedures whenever they move a client.
Each person who completes Caregiving College™ receives a certificate of completion of each class.
To get this much training in a classroom program would require at least five days, with costs for transportation, the trainer, meals out on top of the registration fee. A recent 4-day conference sponsored by a non-profit organization was priced at $595. Access to all Caregiving College™ courses is $129 per person.
Or…Get It All For Even Less!
There are two ways you can provide the Caregiving College™ benefit to your staff.
All Access: Per-Location
A money-saving way to offer your staff members access to the entire Caregiving College course catalog.
$150 one-time fee per location
$99 per month for up to 25 users (includes regular reports on progress, etc.)
Call our office at (800) 340-8971.
All Access: Per-Person
$129 per person. Log in or register for Caregiving College: All Access
- Easy to access, even for a computer novice
- Written for caregivers
- Complete with real life examples
- Written by subject matter experts in the fields of aging and disability
- Includes periodic testing and fun exercises
- Includes a final test to show subject mastery
I am so certain that you will be delighted with Caregiving College and the informative, lively and fun way in which the material is presented that I guarantee your satisfaction or your fees will be refunded. The only thing we’ll ask is ‘why?’ – just so we can continually improve our training product.