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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.

Course Requirements

This course does not require any previous medical background. Any aged learner (18 or older) is welcome.

This online course contains 11 easy to read lessons which can be completed at own pace (access to course upon enrollment will be available for up to 6 months)

Course Topics

Lesson 1: Understand HIV & AIDS

Lesson 2: Experience of the Patient Emotionally/Coping

Lesson 3: HIV & AIDS Care in the Home

Lesson 4: Preparation for You and the Patient

Lesson 5: Basics of Giving Care

Lesson 6: Nutrition and HIV

Lesson 7: Guarding Against Infections

Lesson 8: Tools to Protect Yourself

Lesson 9: Understanding Pain in a HIV & AIDS Patient

Lesson 10: Progression of AIDS and Finding them Support

Lesson 11: Coping and Final Arrangements

Course Materials

All course material is available within this online course.

Grading Policy

Each lesson is followed by an end of the lesson multiple choice and T/F Quiz . Some of the lessons will be followed by an assignment based on lesson facts and opinions expressed.

70% or higher will be required in order to complete this course.  

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.
 

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction5
Lesson 1 Assignment25
Lesson 1: Understand HIV & AIDS10
Lesson 2 Assignment25
Lesson 2: Experience of the Patient Emotionally/Coping10
Lesson 3 Assignment25
Lesson 3: HIV & AIDS Care in the Home10
Lesson 4 Assignment25
Lesson 4: Preparation for You and the Patient10
Lesson 5 Assignment25
Lesson 5: Basics of Giving Care10
Lesson 6 Assignment25
Lesson 6: Nutrition and HIV10
Lesson 7 Assignment25
Lesson 7: Guarding Against Infections10
Lesson 8 Assignment25
Lesson 8: Tools to Protect Yourself10
Lesson 9 Assignment25
Lesson 9: Understanding Pain in a HIV & AIDS Patient10
Lesson 10 Assignment25
Lesson 10: Progression of AIDS and Finding them Support10
Lesson 11 Assignment25
Lesson 11: Coping and Final Arrangements10
The Final Exam55
Total Points:445

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