How to Find Caregiver Training

Not sure how to do basic hygiene tasks, first aid, or toileting for aging adults? Family caregivers are exposed to new challenges that often result in reactive training (i.e., going to Google when something happens to learn how to deal with it). However, there are many proactive training centers (both online and in-person) that offer a variety of caregiver training courses.  If you’re in need of caregiver training, take a look at the available resources listed below and find the best option for you.

Family Caregiving Training

Skills You Can Expect to Learn

The following is a list of 19 skills that you could possibly learn about in caregiving training classes:

  1. Caregiver job responsibilities
  2. Communication skills
  3. Personal care and toileting
  4. Basic hygiene and basic infection control
  5. Emergency procedures
  6. Measuring vital signs and documentation
  7. Understanding abuse and neglect
  8. Stroke care
  9. How to assist in Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)
  10. Maintaining a clean, safe, and healthy environment
  11. Alzheimer’s, dementia, and memory care
  12. Safety, fall prevention, and first aid
  13. Nutrition and meal preparation
  14. Exercise and maintaining mobility
  15. Infection prevention and control
  16. Managing medications and prescriptions
  17. Handing difficult behaviors
  18. Managing caregiver stress
  19. End-of-life care

How to Find Caregiver Training in Your Area

As we said earlier, many of the skills learned are the same required of at-home professional care aids. Below is a list of where you can find training opportunities. If you don’t find what you are looking for here, be sure to research directly with your state’s Department of Aging. Some additional options include:

Caregiver Training University

The Caregiver Training University site offers training for those wanting to be certified professional caregivers. These skills are applicable to family caregivers as well. There cost associated with these trainings is roughly $59.

Alzheimer’s Association Care Training

At ALZ.org you can find online training options and e-learning workshops that provide training in dementia care. There may be a cost associated with some of the online courses (around $25-$30). The free e-workshops are available on-demand.

The Institute for Professional Care Education

The Family Learning Center is an online training resource containing over 50 courses created for individuals who are providing care for their loved ones. You can request a free demo to learn more about the online training courses before purchasing them. There is a cost associated with these trainings.

Free Resources Available

In addition to paid trainings, there are free resources available such as:

  1. Family Caregiving Alliance: Practical Skills Training for Family Caregivers. This is an overview of the day-to-day, hands-on strategies and skills caregivers need to maintain a frail older or chronically ill individual at home.
  2. HealthinAging: Eldercare at Home: Caregiving How Tos. This site provides guidance and training on common caregiving issues.

Do your research to find out the best option for you. Taking a few minutes to get trained today will help you provide the best care possible.

 

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