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Caring for a senior or elderly relative or friend or client at home may be one of the most gratifying and rewarding experiences of a lifetime, but is one that may also be filled with frustration, physical and mental weariness, and at times, resentment. Understanding the challenges and responsibilities of elder care, learning how to deal with day-to-day challenges and providing a safe and senior-friendly environment to loved ones is essential in the caregiving process. Encouraging seniors to stick to medication schedules, preventing dehydration and providing proper hygiene are essential in long-term care scenarios.

Learning how to safely transfer seniors in a variety of scenarios while at the same time protecting the caregiver are essential, as is learning how to deal with security and safety in the home of a senior diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Caring for seniors in a home environment also means providing care for the caregiver. Time-outs, support, dealing with difficult family members as well as the emotional, physical and mental strains of caregiving are addressed in this course.

Dealing with behavior problems such as aggression is also discussed, as are recognizing and preventing situations of senior abuse. Learning how to identify the warning signs of senior abuse and dealing with feelings of anger, resentment and stress are addressed in this course, and are as important for caregivers as they are for all  family members.

Finally, learning about community options for respite and end-of-life or hospice scenarios will help caregivers provide the best in effective, efficient and quality home care for seniors.

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Lesson 1: Caring for an Elder

Taking care of an elderly individual, whether that person is your parent, friend, or other relative, is considered a duty and responsibility in many cultures. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Aging Baby Boomers; Elderly Caregiving
  • Take Poll: Caregiver
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 1: Caring For An Elder

Lesson 2: Dealing With Day to Day Challenges

From one day to the next, a caregiver may face a number of situations that test our ability to balance time between family, work, and elder care -- as well as maintain a sense of humor. 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Caregivers Website; Graceful Aging; Role Reversal
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 2: Dealing With Day To Day Challenges

Lesson 3: Safety First!

Safety is a major factor when caring for an elderly person in a home environment. The first step for caregivers is to provide a senior family environment for the individual, whether it's in their own home or the caregiver's. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Elderly Falls; Home Safety Checklist; Senior Driving
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 3: Safety First!

Lesson 4: Preventing Problems

There's no way a caregiver can anticipate all types of problems or situations that may arise in caregiving scenarios. However, there are measures caregivers can take to reduce the frequency of problems. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Daily Care; Drugs and the Elderly; Medications and Older Individuals
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 4: Preventing Problems

Lesson 5: Mobility Issues

Taking care of an elderly individual, whether it's a parent, friend, or relative, requires more than mental and emotional support, transportation to and from doctors' offices, and grocery shopping, cooking or cleaning. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Fears of Falling; How to Assist the Elderly with Mobility Issues; Implications for Transportation Changes
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 5: Mobility Issues

Lesson 6: Dealing With Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's is possibly the most feared and least understood of diseases that afflict the human brain. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Alzheimer's and Care; Alzheimer's Association; Caregiver Guide
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 6: Dealing With Alzheimer's

Lesson 7: Caring for the Caregiver

As mentioned earlier, caregiving involves physical, emotional, and mental involvement in the life of an elderly individual. 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review Article: Caregiver Stress
  • Take Poll: Caregiver Care
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 7: Caring for the Caregiver

Lesson 8: Body Works and Limitations

Caregivers take care of elderly individuals suffering from a variety of common medical conditions, such as arthritis, diabetes, incontinence, and strokes. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Diabetes in the Elderly; Stroke Signs
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 8: Body Works and Limitations

Lesson 9: Daily Routines

Taking care of daily routines, such as meal planning and preparation, bathing, and dressing may be mundane. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 9: Daily Routines

Lesson 10: Behavior Problems

Dad refuses to bathe and all of a sudden Mom is talking like a sailor. Grandma accuses family members of stealing from her and Uncle George has suddenly developed an affinity for biting. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Alzheimer's Behavior Management; Anxiety and Elders; Warnings on Drugs for Elder Behavior Issues
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 10: Behavior Problems

Lesson 11: Recognizing and Preventing Senior Abuse

A study performed by the National Alliance for Caregiving and the American Association of Retired Persons determined that nearly 48 percent of caregivers to the elderly are elderly spouses, and that nearly 75 percent of them are women. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Elder Abuse; Elder Abuse and Neglect
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 11: Recognizing and Preventing Senior Abuse

Lesson 12: Staying Active

There's an old saying, "Use it or lose it." This is very true, in both a physical and a mental sense. The muscles in the body and the brain need to stay exercised and active to perform adequately. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Review Article: Age and Exercise
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 12: Staying Active

Lesson 13: Respite Care Options

Anyone taking care of someone, regardless of age, needs a break once in a while. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Review Article: Finding and Choosing Respite Care
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 13: Respite Care Options

Lesson 14: Finding Help

No matter the situation, whether the caregiver belongs to a large or small family, in the middle of a city, or in a rural community, community services and professional help are available. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Aging Parents and Elder Care; Finding Help
  • Take Poll: Elder Care Help
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 14: Finding Help

Lesson 15: Hospice

For many caregivers involved in long-term scenarios, the time for dealing with a dying patient must be addressed, and needs met. 52 Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Hospice Foundation of America; Preparing for Death
  • Take Poll: What do you think about this course?
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 15 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 15: Hospice
  • Complete: The Final Exam
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Course Title: Caring for Seniors
Course Number: 8900165
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: Support/Advice
CEU Value: 0.7 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Cheryl Reinerio, RN, BC, MSN
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Course Fee: $70.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $95.00

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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe methods for providing care to the elderly.
  • Describe safety methods that must be observed when caring for the elderly.
  • Describe ways to deal with patients that have Alzheimer's Disease.
  • Describe daily routines and common behavior problems.
  • Recognize and preventing senior abuse.
  • Know the role and purpose of hospice care.
  • Describe ways to proactively prevent problems and dealing with mobility issues.
  • Describe methods for dealing with Alzheimer's.
  • Describe dealing with daily routines and behavior problems.
  • Identify how to recognize and prevent senior abuse.
  • Describe respite care options and hospice, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Student Testimonials

  • "Entire course was helpful." -- Rose L.
  • "Great and very helpful." -- Roland S.
  • "I actually took this course for CEUs...Material was informative on a very understandable level (for someone who may not be familiar with course content) and the links provided were very useful." -- Dianne K.
  • "Instructor did a great job, the course was excellent" -- JEANETT S.
  • "I found the whole content of the course helpful, but I was very impressed with the mobility issues presented and the behavior changes in seniors. I also found very helpful the chapter on hospice. I would like to take a class on hospice care and end of life care. " -- Luzie Lira H.
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  • "Excellent instructor, I found the course very informative and helpful." -- Lee G.
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