Course Syllabus

 

Course Description

The Comprehensive Guide to Elderly Care at Home

The responsibility of caring for an elderly individual, regardless of your relation to them, is regarded as an honorable obligation in many societies. The needs of the elderly are diverse and can range from basic assistance in daily activities to intricate medical care. For those contemplating becoming caregivers, or bringing an elderly loved one into their homes, understanding the potential challenges and responsibilities is paramount.

Dynamics of Aging and Care

The post-World War II generation, often referred to as the baby boomers, born between 1946 and 1964, represents one of the largest aging demographics in U.S. history. By 2015, millions from this generation reached the age of 65, marking the beginning of an influx of seniors requiring varying levels of care.

Current economic challenges, rising healthcare expenses, and uncertainties about governmental support programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security have led to an increased preference among seniors to stay in familiar home environments instead of transitioning to retirement communities or nursing homes.

This shift means many families are now taking on the role of caregivers. While in some cultures this role is anticipated, it invariably introduces complexities, potential disagreements, and stress within the family dynamic.

Understanding Senior Challenges

21st-century seniors are notably well-informed about health and wellness, thanks to their status as the most educated generation of elderly citizens in U.S. history. This knowledge facilitates their ability to lead vibrant lives well into their later years. However, they also face unique challenges, including the psychological impact of ceding control over daily activities, the apprehension of becoming a burden, and the profound loss of autonomy.

Health conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, and dementia may lead to diminished participation in social activities, fostering feelings of loneliness, devaluation, and hopelessness.

Caregiver Challenges

Family members who assume the caregiver role often find it an overwhelming commitment. Juggling responsibilities between their immediate family, work, and the elderly loved one can be stress-inducing. Ensuring the senior's safety and wellbeing, both mentally and physically, requires significant patience, time, and effort.

Mental health concerns, like depression among caregivers, highlight the need for strong family support systems. The physical demands, financial implications, and emotional toll of caregiving can strain relationships within the family.

Furthermore, caregivers must navigate an elderly loved one's changing behaviors while also promoting social interactions as per their health conditions. As the care requirements intensify, seeking external professional assistance might become inevitable. Making such decisions necessitates thorough knowledge, family consensus, and adequate resources.

Contrasting with the early 1900s average lifespan of 47 years, advancements in healthcare, nutrition, and overall lifestyle have seen current generations living into their 70s, 80s, and beyond.

Preparation for Home-based Elder Care

Most families don't anticipate the financial or logistical challenges of elderly care. Preemptive discussions and planning with elderly loved ones are essential to understand their preferences and establish a care plan.

For those dealing with diagnoses like dementia or Alzheimer's, these conversations become even more crucial. Decisions around care, living arrangements, and financial considerations should be addressed promptly.

Conversations about elderly care can be emotionally charged but are necessary. Addressing these topics sooner can ease the transition and ensure a better quality of life for the elderly.

In conclusion, taking on the role of caregiver is both a significant responsibility and privilege. With the right resources, knowledge, and support, caregivers can provide their elderly loved ones with a dignified, comfortable, and fulfilling life during their golden years.

  • Completely Online
  • Self-Paced
  • Printable Lessons
  • Full HD Video  
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider
 

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.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
 
 

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction 1 points
Lesson 1: Caring For An Elder 8 points
Lesson 2 Assignment 2 points
Lesson 2: Dealing With Day To Day Challenges 10 points
Lesson 3: Safety First! 10 points
Lesson 4 Assignment 2 points
Lesson 4: Preventing Problems 9 points
Lesson 5: Mobility Issues 10 points
Lesson 6: Dealing With Alzheimer's 9 points
Lesson 7 Assignment 2 points
Lesson 7: Caring for the Caregiver 10 points
Lesson 8: Body Works and Limitations 10 points
Lesson 9: Daily Routines 10 points
Lesson 10: Behavior Problems 9 points
Lesson 11: Recognizing and Preventing Senior Abuse 10 points
Lesson 12: Staying Active 9 points
Lesson 13: Respite Care Options 10 points
Lesson 14: Finding Help 10 points
Lesson 15 Assignment 2 points
Lesson 15: Hospice 10 points
The Final Exam 40 points
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