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Course Description

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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Course Lessons

  • 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.
  • Lesson 2: Dealing With Day To Day Challenges

    From one day to the next, a caregiver may face a number of scenarios and situations that may test our ability to schedule, 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 Problems

    There's no way a caregiver can anticipate all types of problems or situations that may arise in caregiving scenarios. However, there are methods caregivers can take to reduce the frequency of 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.
  • Lesson 6: Dealing With Alzheimer's

    Alzheimer's disease is possibly the most feared and least understood diseases to afflict the human brain.
  • Lesson 7: Caring for the Caregiver

    As mentioned earlier, caregiving involves physical, emotional, and mental involvement in the life of an elderly individual.
  • Lesson 8: Body Works and Limitations

    Caregivers taking care of elderly individuals suffering from a variety of common medical conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, incontinence, and strokes.
  • Lesson 9: Daily Routines

    Taking care of daily routines, such as those that involve meals and meal planning and preparation, bathing, and dressing maybe mundane.
  • 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.
  • 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% of caregivers to the elderly are elderly spouses, and that nearly 75% of them are women.
  • 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.
  • Lesson 13: Respite Care Options

    Anyone taking care of someone, regardless of age, needs a break once in a while.
  • 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.
  • Lesson 15: Hospice

    For many caregivers involved in long-term caregiving scenarios and for those suffering from terminal medical conditions, forms of dementia.
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Course Title: Caring for Seniors
Course Number: 8900165
Languages: English - United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and other English speaking countries
Course Type: Support/Advice
CEU Value: 1.4 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), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102.
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
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $53.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $78.00

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.
  • 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.
An IntroductionAssignment5
Lesson 1 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 1: Caring For An ElderExam8
Lesson 2 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 2: Dealing With Day To Day ChallengesExam10
Lesson 3 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 3: Safety First!Exam10
Lesson 4 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 4: Preventing ProblemsExam9
Lesson 5 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 5: Mobility IssuesExam10
Lesson 6 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 6: Dealing With Alzheimer'sExam9
Lesson 7 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 7: Caring for the CaregiverExam10
Lesson 8 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 8: Body Works and LimitationsExam10
Lesson 9 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 9: Daily RoutinesExam10
Lesson 10 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 10: Behavior ProblemsExam9
Lesson 11 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 11: Recognizing and Preventing Senior AbuseExam10
Lesson 12 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 12: Staying ActiveExam9
Lesson 13 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 13: Respite Care OptionsExam10
Lesson 14 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 14: Finding HelpExam10
Lesson 15 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 15: HospiceExam10
The Final ExamExam40
Total Points:564

Student Testimonials

  • "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.
  • "All info was very helpful" -- Sarah B.
  • "Excellent instructor, I found the course very informative and helpful." -- Lee G.
  • "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.
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