Caregiver Training Should Be Ongoing

iStock10540746XSmallNursewwomanandwalkerIt can be a major decision to entrust the care of your senior to someone else, even if just for a few hours a day. You want to make sure that they are getting high quality care and that their caregiver is trained how to respond to a wide range of scenarios and issues. When choosing a senior care company to provide in-home care, it is a good idea to ask many questions about their training and certifications. Find out what areas caregivers are trained in and how often training occurs.  Ask about background checks and references.  A reputable agency makes training and quality care top priorities and promotes professional development of its staff.

Training should be ongoing in the following areas:

Safety

In-home caregivers should be looking out for your senior’s safety in all they do. This ranges from assisting them in safely transferring from the bed or a chair to making sure the kitchen is set up in a way to prevent hazards. First aid and CPR certifications can also be very valuable should an emergency arise.

Caregivers can also promote better safety by assisting with meal preparation and light cleaning, managing medication, and supporting self-care activities. By having a well-trained caregiver, they will know to alert you with concerns they may have about your loved one’s safety and support your senior with activities they may struggle with on their own.  Read more about home improvement safety for your senior loved one here.

Mental Health

It is not uncommon for seniors to develop Alzheimer’s or dementia as they age. However, these conditions can be difficult to handle without a solid understanding of how they affect seniors and how to cope with the challenges they present. Talk to the caregiver about their training in these areas and their approach to caring for someone with cognitive impairments. You want your loved one to feel comfortable and respected as they face troubles with their memory and you want their caregiver to be sensitive to these issues and know how to effectively respond.  Some examples of how to respond include not arguing with a loved one who has memory loss and pureeing food for an individual who is forgetting to swallow.

Senior Care

Caregivers should also be well-versed in the changing needs of seniors as they age. This means helping them to stay physically and mentally active and engaged, recognizing when they need more support and when they can do things independently, and creating an environment that is conducive to aging in place. This also means being aware of challenges that seniors face, whether it’s changes in their physical or mental health, losing loved ones, or having to transition to a higher level of care. All of these things should be addressed with compassion and sensitivity.  Many online tools are also available for reference to caregivers.  The Alzheimer’s Association has message boards available for both caregivers and loved ones.
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Ongoing training ensures that caregivers are equipped to handle whatever comes their way and are up-to-date on best practices and the latest policies and procedures. Always Best Care ensures that all of its caregivers receive current training that helps them to be more well-rounded and provide exceptional care for clients. Contact Always Best Care at (267) 217-7059 or email dbaim@abc-seniors.com to learn more about our commitment to care and training and how it can benefit your loved one as they age.

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