The Value of Good Home Caregiver Training

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If a medical emergency should occur, would your parent's caregiver know what to do? If your loved one has dementia, would her caregiver be able to calm her if she became agitated? Is the caregiver skilled in transferring your parent from chair to bed, keeping her safe in the shower, and preparing meals?

Home Instead believes that good training can make the difference and is committed to giving caregivers the skills they need not just to be competent, but to be excellent.

Read below what good training means to Home Instead:

Learning from experienced caregivers: New caregivers receive individualized training and have the opportunity to shadow experienced caregivers prior to caring for patients. Caregivers also shadow therapists in the hospital to polish techniques for helping patients at home.

Safety first:  Safety training includes helping the patient to avoid injury and falls, preventing strain and pain, safety in the kitchen, cautious cleaning, safe driving, outdoor hazards, and disease protection and prevention.

Basic training for emergency situations:  Time is critical when acute illness strikes. Home Instead trains caregivers to act quickly and appropriately when faced with sudden illness, such as stroke, falls and fractures and other health events.

Communication skills required in caring for dementia or Alzheimer's patients: Losing the ability to express one's thoughts and feelings can be terribly frustrating for the dementia patient. Communicating with those with dementia or Alzheimer's requires patience and special knowledge to prevent frustration and anxiety with the patient

Understanding senior illnesses and conditions, including mental health: Depression in seniors and caregiver stress are all realities for the homebound and their family members. Home Instead aides are well equipped to provide in-home exercise for older adults and make mealtime fun. Furthermore, they are trained in communication skills with the senior, their family, and the caregiver's franchise office.

Activity training: Home Instead can help with reminiscing activities, activities in facilities, adapting activities for those with impairments, different types of engaging activities for older adults such as gardening, mind builders, and crafts and hobbies, and getting a senior involved in the community in places like senior centers, worship services, volunteering and errands.

In addition, Home Instead Caregivers are well versed in the following:

  • Family Communication
  • Transition Issues
  • Memory Care Training
  • Nutritional meal preparation
  • Housekeeping
  • Signs of abuse

Because Home Instead sees caregiving as a partnership with family members and other caregivers, its expert training is a win-win for reducing family stress, instilling confidence in the patient, and preventing problems.

An interesting report on advantages of home care training can be seen at this link:

To contact Home Instead directly:
 (610) 770-7773
Home Instead Senior Care, 3722 Lehigh St Suite 408, Whitehall  PA  18052

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