Elderly Care and Caring for the Disabled

Learn more about caregiving skills for working with the elderly and disabled.

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Learn more about caregiving skills for working with the elderly and disabled.





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Elderly Care and Caring for the Disabled is a course that teaches you the skills and knowledge necessary to provide effective care to any elderly or disabled clients in your care. People are living longer and as we age our bodies operate less efficiently.

The course begins by helping you understand how aging affects the body. You will examine the manner in which various organs and systems throughout the body deteriorate due to the aging process.

You will then study the various medical conditions that can result from such deterioration. You will learn how to identify them, how they will affect your clients’ lifestyle and how they will influence the type of care you provide to clients. A further aspect of life is that due to accidents or medical conditions people develop disabilities.

The course then examines spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries which are the most common injuries that cause individuals to require fulltime care. You will examine the various forms of brain and spinal cord injuries and the effects that they can have on the individual’s lifestyle.

The course concludes by reviewing the emotional impact that such traumatic injuries can have on the client, their families and the carer. You will learn about the skills necessary to support the client and their family through the care process, and if necessary, help them prepare for death.

The course will be of great interest to professionals working as caregivers and who wish to ensure that that their skills are kept to a high standard, or those who provide care to a elderly or disabled.

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Learning Outcomes

Having completed this course you will be able to: - Discuss the function of various systems and organs within the body; - Discuss the manner in which various systems and organs within the body deteriorate due to aging; - Describe how care should be adapted for each client, depending on their general health; - Differentiate between different forms of spinal cord injuries and paralysis; - Describe the appropriate care technique to be used for a client with a traumatic brain injury; - Describe how to support terminally ill clients and their families.


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