Many caregiver training programmes teach important techniques and useful tips on how you can provide a safe, healthy and supportive environment for your care recipient.
Skills You Can Learn
Typical subjects covered in such training may include:
- Personal care techniques, including proper bathing techniques and lift-and-carry technique
- Recognising early warning signs of health issues and illnesses (such as dementia), how to check for basic vital signs and management of chronic illnesses.
- Courses relating to specific diseases like Dementia and Stroke
- Courses on emotional copingHow to access and take advantage of local resources for both the caregiver and the care recipient
- Clinical skills like tube feeding, catheter care, and tracheostomy care
- Maintaining one's health and wellbeing as a caregiver
Before your care recipient is discharged from hospital, the hospital may train you, if it thinks this is needed, so that you can provide better care for your care recipient.
Caregiver training can be conducted at the patient's bedside or at training facilities. The training is usually conducted by a team comprising nurses, physiotherapists and occupational therapists.
If you have a family member who requires care, you may apply for the
Caregivers Training Grant (CTG), which provides subsidies for your course fees.
There are over 40 training providers offering over 200 CTG-approved courses covering eldercare and disability topics such as Activities Of Daily Living and dementia.
Besides attending classes, you can also learn more by reading up. AIC has produced caregiver guides on:
- Body Mechanics: Positioning, Moving and Transfers - Find out how to move your loved ones without injuring yourself and him/ her
- Activities of Daily Living: Learn how you can take care of our loved one's per