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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.
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Lesson 1: Caring for an ElderTaking care of an elderly individual, whether that person is your parent, friend, or other relative, is considered a duty and responsibility in many cultures.
Lesson 2: Dealing With Day to Day ChallengesFrom 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.
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.
Lesson 4: Preventing ProblemsThere'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.
Lesson 5: Mobility IssuesTaking 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.
Lesson 6: Dealing With Alzheimer'sAlzheimer's is possibly the most feared and least understood of diseases that afflict the human brain.
Lesson 7: Caring for the CaregiverAs mentioned earlier, caregiving involves physical, emotional, and mental involvement in the life of an elderly individual.
Lesson 8: Body Works and LimitationsCaregivers take care of elderly individuals suffering from a variety of common medical conditions, such as arthritis, diabetes, incontinence, and strokes.
Lesson 9: Daily RoutinesTaking care of daily routines, such as meal planning and preparation, bathing, and dressing may be mundane.
Lesson 10: Behavior ProblemsDad 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.
Lesson 11: Recognizing and Preventing Senior AbuseA 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.
Lesson 12: Staying ActiveThere'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.
Lesson 13: Respite Care OptionsAnyone taking care of someone, regardless of age, needs a break once in a while.
Lesson 14: Finding HelpNo 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.
Lesson 15: HospiceFor many caregivers involved in long-term scenarios, the time for dealing with a dying patient must be addressed, and needs met.
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Learning OutcomesBy 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.
- Summarize 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.
|Lesson 1 Assignment||Assignment||25|
|Lesson 1: Caring For An Elder||Exam||8|
|Lesson 2 Assignment||Assignment||25|
|Lesson 2: Dealing With Day To Day Challenges||Exam||10|
|Lesson 3 Assignment||Assignment||25|
|Lesson 3: Safety First!||Exam||10|
|Lesson 4 Assignment||Assignment||25|
|Lesson 4: Preventing Problems||Exam||9|
|Lesson 5 Assignment||Assignment||25|
|Lesson 5: Mobility Issues||Exam||10|
|Lesson 6 Assignment||Assignment||25|
|Lesson 6: Dealing With Alzheimer's||Exam||9|
|Lesson 7 Assignment||Assignment||25|
|Lesson 7: Caring for the Caregiver||Exam||10|
|Lesson 8 Assignment||Assignment||25|
|Lesson 8: Body Works and Limitations||Exam||10|
|Lesson 9 Assignment||Assignment||25|
|Lesson 9: Daily Routines||Exam||10|
|Lesson 10 Assignment||Assignment||25|
|Lesson 10: Behavior Problems||Exam||9|
|Lesson 11 Assignment||Assignment||25|
|Lesson 11: Recognizing and Preventing Senior Abuse||Exam||10|
|Lesson 12 Assignment||Assignment||25|
|Lesson 12: Staying Active||Exam||9|
|Lesson 13 Assignment||Assignment||25|
|Lesson 13: Respite Care Options||Exam||10|
|Lesson 14 Assignment||Assignment||25|
|Lesson 14: Finding Help||Exam||10|
|Lesson 15 Assignment||Assignment||25|
|Lesson 15: Hospice||Exam||10|
|The Final Exam||Exam||40|
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