Tuesday, February 9, 2010

I've received information from Sharon Brothers of aQuire Training Solutions concerning an online caregiver training course that her company now offers. I am going to take the course and look forward to its benefits. Hopefully it will increase and enhance my knowledge and ability to care for my mom here at home. Though I'm a daughter who's now taking care of her mother, as time goes along I find there are many caregiving areas which end up needing a little extra help so that daily routines progress smoothly and well. How much does a caregiver get involved in those daily routines? What happens when things begin to change, and the caregiver needs some idea as to how to respectfully get more involved in order to continue helping or protecting their loved one? I look forward to gaining knowledge with this training course for just these types of situations.

I am including Sharon's article about the program here. Hopefully it will spark some ideas and questions for you, too. Let me know what you think, and I'll keep you posted as I take the course.

Caregiver at Home

Caregiver Training Adds Value, Reduces Stress
by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW

The work of a caregiver is tough, whether you’re a family caregiver or a paid professional. Hours can be long; work can be demanding and thankless; financial rewards are few.

A new study reported this month in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (Jan. 4, 2010 “Enhancing Caregiver Health: Findings from the Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health II Intervention.”) finds that for family caregivers, access to practical skills training not only helps them provide better care, it reduces their own personal stress and feeling of burden.

The loved one being cared for benefits, too – with as many as 2 ½ more years at home before admission to a care facility, according to multiple recent studies.

Professional caregivers, especially those working in home care or assisted living settings, often face challenging client-care needs with minimal training. Many states require little if any training for caregivers working in these settings. In Washington State, voters in 2008 approved a bill requiring a significant increase in caregiver training when they realized that hair dressers or dog groomers require more training than professional caregivers.

Training not only prepares the caregiver for the tasks they need to do for clients, it also helps reduce their anxiety, increases confidence in their jobs, and improves their sense of professional competency and worth. An additional result of an investment in training is a significant reduction in the turnover among caregivers – one of the most important measures of quality care for families.

Families looking for caregiver support in the home often struggle to evaluate the quality of caregiver skills. Experience is one measure, but solid, verifiable training is a component that, for many, has simply been unavailable, especially training for work in an unsupervised home care setting.

Training for caregivers is no longer out of reach of the typical family or professional caregiver. Many communities offer classes; high-quality online programs are available for individuals who cannot access or schedule classroom based training.

One such online program is offered by the Institute for Professional Care Education (www.IPCed.com), a school licensed by the Oregon Department of Education that is dedicated to providing accessible, engaging, effective caregiver training. Their Personal Care Aide Certification course sets the standard for online training for both family and professional caregivers. The online nature of the course makes it accessible any time of the day or night, any place an internet connection is available. The school is currently training students throughout the U.S. and Canada, and as far away as Fiji.

To preview a lesson from the Personal Care Aide Certification course, go to the IPC-ed.com website, where you can also register and enroll in the course. The cost for the full 40 hour Personal Care Aide Certification course is an affordable $219.95, and is covered by most long term care insurance policies.

For more information, contact help@IPCed.com or call toll free 877-843-8374.

The Institute for Professional Care Education is a division of aQuire Training Solutions, a company dedicated to providing training and support to all caregivers. Learn more about aQuire at www.aquiretraining.com.

For more information contact:
Sharon K. Brothers, MSW
President & CEO
aQuire Training Solutions

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