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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.

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Topics



Chapter 1: Caring for an Elder

          * Challenges and Responsibilities

Chapter 2: Dealing with Day to Day Challenges

          * Balancing Your Time

Chapter 3: Safety First!

          * Providing a Senior-Friendly Environment

                    * Fall Prevention

          * Driving - Can She or Can't She?

Chapter 4: Preventing Problems

          * Sticking to medication schedules

          * Preventing Dehydration

          * Skin Care

Chapter 5: Mobility Issues

          * Ambulation Needs - Can You Do It?

          * Protect Your Back! Ergonomic Lifting Techniques

Chapter 6: Dealing with Alzheimer's

          * Alzheimer's Stages

          * Security and Safety in the Home

Chapter 7: Caring for the Caregiver

          * Time Out

          * Taking Care of Yourself

          * Support Groups

          * Dealing with Non-helpful Siblings

Chapter 8: Body Works and Limitations

          * Understanding Common Medical Conditions

                    * Arthritis

                    * Diabetes

                    * Strokes

                    * Dealing with Incontinence

Chapter 9: Daily Routines

          * Meals

          * Bathing

          * Dressing

Chapter 10: Behavior Problems

          * Dealing with Emotions

          * Dealing with Aggressive Behaviors

Chapter 11: Recognizing and Preventing Senior Abuse

          * Warning Signs

          * Dealing with Stress, Anger and Resentment                      

Chapter 12: Staying Active

          * Keeping a Parent Socially Active

          * Ideas for Outings

          * Mind Games for Mental Stimulation

Chapter 13: Respite Care Options

          * Taking a Break

                    * In Home or Facility Respite Care

                    * Finding Options


Chapter 14: Finding Help

          * Community Services

          * Professional Help (Aides)

Chapter 15: Hospice

          *Dealing with The End

          * Understanding Grief

          * Letting Go



Course Materials

All course materials is provided in this class. There is no need to buy additional resources.

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a written and practice assignment that will directly apply what you have learned.
A brief 25 pt. quiz will follow each lesson. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

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.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction1
Lesson 1: Caring For An Elder8
Lesson 2 Assignment2
Lesson 2: Dealing With Day To Day Challenges10
Lesson 3: Safety First!10
Lesson 4 Assignment2
Lesson 4: Preventing Problems9
Lesson 5: Mobility Issues10
Lesson 6: Dealing With Alzheimer's9
Lesson 7 Assignment2
Lesson 7: Caring for the Caregiver10
Lesson 8: Body Works and Limitations10
Lesson 9: Daily Routines10
Lesson 10: Behavior Problems9
Lesson 11: Recognizing and Preventing Senior Abuse10
Lesson 12: Staying Active9
Lesson 13: Respite Care Options10
Lesson 14: Finding Help10
Lesson 15 Assignment2
Lesson 15: Hospice10
The Final Exam40
Total Points:193

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