At times, it’s seemingly impossible. Oftentimes, carers find themselves in a position of managing new and potentially stressful situations they may not be prepared for at all, mentally, physically, or financially. Often this situation comes with little to no help – from health systems and family, alike.
But that’s not how it should be.
Caregivers deserve resources to help them navigate these complicated scenarios with confidence and know that they are not alone. That is why Embracing Carers® is collaborating with the Global Initiative on Ageing (GIA), a foundation supported by the United Nations, to provide trainings on critical skills for unpaid carers.
This series of five caregiver modules, with accompanying audiovisual components, provides professional instruction and guidance to help caregivers navigate difficult practical parts of caregiving, including nutrition and feeding, communication, social relationships, environmental adaption, and more.
We hope these modules bring caregivers confidence and knowledge, helping to ease some of the mental and emotional strain of the important work they do. Family and informal carers play a fundamental role in society and the fabric of patients’ lives, and they require support from all of us, at each and every step in their journey.
Feeding and nutrition techniques and commonly encountered issues
Topics covered: Techniques and safety measures for oral feeding; using nasogastric and gastronomy tubes; stool collection; disposing of waste; incontinence and use of catheters; hygiene management; understanding digestive problems that may arise.
Identifying communication and language problems
Conditions covered: Alzheimers, dementia, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, autism, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, hearing and visual impairments.
Assisting with motivation and learning for elderly, disabled, and/or ill people
Topics covered: approaches to learning; cognitive learning processes; techniques and therapies to help with learning and motivation; memory, attention, orientation, and reasoning.
Understanding and encouraging positive social relationships and behaviours in those requiring care
Topics covered: factors that impact dependency; social skills; social relationship difficulties and conflict resolution; techniques to promote social relationships; using technology for positive social engagement.
Adapting and creating safe and comfortable environments
Topics covered: difficulties stemming from loss of motor control, decreased mobility, sight, and other physical and mental changes.
The GIA collaboration is intended to support the achievement of the United Nations Decade of Healthy Ageing and Sustainable Development Goals by improving the standard of living, participation, and inclusion of the world’s aging population.
*All the modules featured are available in both English and Spanish and have the option to be completed for a certificate through the GIA. These courses and all content within are created by the Global Initiative on Ageing and do not reflect the opinions of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.
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