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Course Description

Although there is not a cure, gaining an understanding of HIV/AIDs can increase the patient's chances of living a longer and healthier life. There are many misconceptions about this serious virus including many believing that death is soon to follow. Although people can die from AIDS, there are also many patients who live with HIV their entire lives which helps to give hope.

There are many ways people living with AIDS/HIV can choose to live and one of those ways includes in home care. Having family members and friends care for the patient can be a great help to the patient but can also be difficult at times. That is why it is important to take the necessary steps in ensuring that everything is set into place so that the patient is properly cared for and that the caretaker knows what to expect.

This course is ideal for those who need assistance and education in regards to having an HIV/AIDs patient reside within their homes. It examines the risks, how to stay protected, ways to help, symptoms that the patient may encounter and more. It also will help the loved ones of the patient to better understand what the patient is going through emotionally and the choices they may or may not have to face. Since HIV/AIDs can be a terminal illness it is important that the patient and loved ones are prepared as much as possible for what lies ahead. Every patient has a different outcome but this course explores general ways to care for the patient, as well as yourself, both emotionally and physically.

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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Know HIV and AIDS.
  • Describe experience of the patient emotionally/coping.
  • Know HIV and AIDS care in the home.
  • Describe preparation for you and the patient.
  • Identify basics of giving care.
  • Know Nutrition and HIV.
  • Describe guarding against infections.
  • Recognize tools to protect yourself.
  • Describe pain in HIV and AIDS patients.
  • Know progression of AIDS and finding support.
  • Know coping and final arrangements, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
 
 
 

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Course Lessons

3/19/2017 11:17:44 AM

Lesson 1: Understand HIV & AIDS

Before caring for a patient with AIDS or HIV, it is helpful to understand what it is, how it is contracted, the symptoms and more. 40 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: HIV and AIDS; HIV/AIDS
  • Take Poll: Caregiving
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 1: Understand HIV & AIDS

Lesson 2: Experience of the Patient Emotionally/Coping

When it comes to people suffering from a serious illness, it is always important that they address the issue because it helps to improve their overall mental health. 35 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Coping with HIV/AIDS; Mental Health and HIV/AIDS
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 2: Experience of the Patient Emotionally/Coping

Lesson 3: HIV and AIDS Care in the Home

With the various symptoms that a person with AIDS/HIV experiences, it can impact the patient's life, so much so, that they will need some assistance and to be cared for. 35 Total Points
  • Review Article: Living Well with HIV/AIDS
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 3: HIV & AIDS Care in the Home

Lesson 4: Preparation for You and the Patient

It will be helpful to talk with anyone who is involved with your loved ones care. This includes doctors, nurses, case managers, social workers, and more. 35 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: US AIDS/HIV Organizations; Help and Support for HIV/AIDS
  • Take Poll: Organizational Support
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 4: Preparation for You and the Patient

Lesson 5: Basics of Giving Care

A patient with AIDS/HIV at some point may need to be taken care of but it is also important that they try to help themselves for as long as possible. 35 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Alternative and Complementary Treatments; Caring for Someone with AIDS at Home
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 5: Basics of Giving Care

Lesson 6: Nutrition and HIV

There are several ways the body changes in a HIV/AIDS patient, but the biggest change is weight loss. Patients with HIV will begin to lose lean tissue first. 35 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: HIV and Nutrition; Diet, Nutrition, and AIDS/HIV
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 6: Nutrition and HIV

Lesson 7: Guarding Against Infections

While hugging and holding hands are safe to you as the caretaker and are great when it comes to the support of the patient, you still need to be very careful not to spread germs. 35 Total Points
  • Review Article: HIV/AIDS and Infection
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 7: Guarding Against Infections

Lesson 8: Tools to Protect Yourself

A patient with AIDS can carry infections that can make the caretaker sick. It is important to talk to the doctor or nurses to find out what germs can impact you and how. 35 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Caregivers; Caregiving
  • Take Poll: Caring for Yourself
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 8: Tools to Protect Yourself

Lesson 9: Understanding Pain in HIV and AIDS Patients

A patient with AIDS may experience pain in all different parts of the body because of the infection. They may experience different types of pain at one time. 35 Total Points
  • Review Article: AIDS and Pain
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 9: Understanding Pain in a HIV & AIDS Patient

Lesson 10: Progression of AIDS and Finding Support

As AIDS progresses into its final stages, there are many things that will change in patients, both mentally and physically, as they near death. There are some things as a caretaker that you can do to help them through this difficult time. 35 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Stages of HIV Infection; Stages of Infection
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 10: Progression of AIDS and Finding them Support

Lesson 11: Coping and Final Arrangements

There are millions of people around the world that know of someone living with HIV. Just as the patient will have a sense of fear, the family members and friends will as well. 90 Total Points
  • Review Article: Dying Well
  • Take Poll: How would you rate this course?
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 11: Coping and Final Arrangements
  • Complete: The Final Exam
445
Total Course Points

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Course Title: Caring for Patients with HIV/AIDS
Course Number: 7550474
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: General Education
CEU Value: 0.5 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
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