Home Care Training for Caregivers

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Home Care Training for Caregivers

Baby Boomers are coming in a wave that is set to reshape the caregiving landscape. The number of Americans 65 and older is expected to more than double from 39.6 million in 2009 to 88.5 million in 2050, according to the United States Census Bureau.1

Since most people say they want to live out their later years at home, what this trend means for the family caregiver is there is a new emphasis on home care training for family caregivers. With the proper training, family caregivers can help loved ones live independently where they feel best at home.

Be Prepared

Caregiving requires planning. Family caregivers often have to make adjustments to their work life, personal life, finances, health needs, and more in order to be there' for a loved one. Unfortunately, many people become sudden caregivers' after a parent or spouse is diagnosed with a long-term illness.

Being prepared for the unexpected is the first step. The new caregiver role can be stressful, the health issues complex, and the care needs sometimes awkward to deliver. If the caregiver is not confident or is hesitant in this new role, it may make it difficult to make decisions or ask questions regarding where or how care will be given, or where mom or dad will live, or where the money will come from to help defray health care cost that insurance or Medicare may not cover.

So the first step to becoming a family caregiver is preparing for change.

Home Care Training Programs

With the increasing number of individuals who are taking on the task of caring for their aging parents, proper caregiving techniques are essential. Home care training programs play an important role for the caregiver. These programs can provide caregivers a safe and healthy way to provide care for their loved ones. Many of these programs cover a wide range of topics for the caregiver to consider when caring for the aging parent.

 Basic Home Care Services

  • Personal care techniques, including proper bathing, lifting and carrying techniques.
  • Recognizing early warning signs of health issues and illness as well as how to check basic vital signs.
  • Respecting the dignity and boundaries of the care recipient.
  •  How to meet the physical and nutritional needs of the person being cared for.
  •  Emotional support and wellness issues.
  • How to locate and take advantage of local resources for both the caregiver and the individual being cared for.
  • Special-needs issues such as oxygen use, wheelchairs, and caregiving for patients who are bedridden.
  • Maintaining health and well-being as a caregiver.

Be Positive

Proper home care education and training can make an enormous difference in the life of a loved one. It can mean the difference between being able to maintain some type of independence in the home and having to be placed in a facility.

If the family caregiver has a positive outlook and is confident that they can provide quality care for their loved one, the care recipient will more likely be able to stay in their own home and enjoy surroundings that are familiar to them, which is what many care recipients prefer.

 

1 United States Census Bureau, website accessed May 10, 2012.

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