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Care provision as a profession or for family members is becoming increasingly important and a broad range of skills are needed for you to become a successful carer. The Alison Learning Path in Care Provision will increase your knowledge and understanding of the skills needed to provide effective care to any client or family member that you may find in your care. The Alison Learning Path in Care Provision is a sequence of courses that will introduce you to the legal and ethical issues of providing care, health and safety skills necessary to keep both yourself and your clients safe, effective communication skills for interacting with members of the care service team and the client, and the skills necessary to provide care to elderly or disabled clients.
Courses in this Learning Path
Introduction to Caregiving
The free online course Introduction to Caregiving is designed to expand your knowledge and understanding of the skills needed to work in the caregiving profession.
As people get older, their abilities to perform the everyday tasks that many of us take for granted diminish. Carers need to be available to provide those individuals with the help and assistance that they require to live as independently as possible.
This course will help you develop the fundamental skills used by carers during their day-to-day duties.
The course begins by discussing the fundamental roles and responsibilities of a carer. You will learn about the basic legal and ethical issues of providing care and develop an understanding of the importance of confidentiality in the caregiving process. You will then learn about the skills necessary to ensure that you can communicate effectively with all members of the care service team.
You will learn how to communicate respectfully with all clients that you may encounter as a carer, including clients who are wheelchair bound, visually impaired and mentally impaired.
Finally, you will learn about the job management skills that carers require to perform their duties efficiently and effectively. This free course will be of great interest to any learner considering pursuing a qualification that would allow them to enter the caregiving industry.
The course will be of great interest to all professionals working in the caregiving profession and who wish to ensure that that their skills are kept to the highest standard possible. This free course will also be of great interest to any learner considering pursuing a qualification that would allow them to enter the caregiving industry.1-2 Hour50 Points
Health and Safety for Caregiving
The free online course Health and Safety for Caregiving is designed to ensure that you have the skills and knowledge necessary to keep both yourself and your clients safe while you perform your duties as a caregiver. A client may suffer a serious fall, seizure or even a diabetic emergency and carers need to be able to deal with any emergencies that they encounter in a calm manner. This course will help you develop the skills necessary to deal with a range of medical and physical emergencies, allowing you to provide care to your client with greater peace of mind. The course begins by introducing you to a variety of medical conditions that carers may encounter when working with clients. You will learn how to identify their symptoms, prevent their spread and, if necessary, treat them. You will then study the role that nutrition and hydration play in keeping your clients healthy. You will learn how to prepare healthy, nutritious meals for a wide range of diets including diabetic, celiac and lactose intolerant. You will also develop an ability to prevent foodborne illness by preparing meals in a safe environment. The course then continues to examine a further range of emergencies that you may encounter when working with a client. You will learn how to identify a range of medical emergencies including anaphylactic shock, diabetic attacks and strokes. You will then examine the correct actions to be taken and how to protect your client in each case. You will then examine other risks, including falls and fire safety. You will learn how to treat your client in the event of a fall and prevent or extinguish a fire should one occur when you are with a client. The course will be of great interest to all professionals working in the caregiving profession, who wish to ensure that their skills are kept to the highest standard possible. This free course will also be of great interest to any learner considering pursuing a career in the caregiving industry.1-2 Hour50 Points
Caregiving Skills - Dementia Care
The free online course Caregiving Skills - Dementia Care is designed to ensure that you have the skills and knowledge necessary to provide effective care to clients who have been diagnosed with dementia. The number of people living with dementia worldwide is currently estimated at 47.5 million and is projected to increase to 75.6 million by 2030. If you are formally employed in the caregiving industry, or simply provide care to an elderly relative or loved one, you will more than likely encounter dementia at some stage during your duties. This course will help you develop the physical and mental skills needed to provide care to clients who have been diagnosed with mild, moderate or even severe dementia. The course begins by helping you understand what exactly is meant by dementia. You will examine the various forms of dementia that exist and study their symptoms, causes, and how they affect the lives of those who must live with them. You will then examine Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia that you are likely to encounter as a caregiver. The course then proceeds to introduce you to a range of skills that will help you provide effective care to clients with dementia. You will study effective non-verbal and verbal techniques of communicating with clients with dementia. You will also examine common problematic behaviour traits that clients with dementia can exhibit and study the most efficient ways to prevent them. Finally, you will examine the importance that activities play in effective care of clients with dementia. You will learn how to plan and implement activities for clients with mild, moderate or severe dementia in order to cognitively and socially engage them. 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 loved one or relative with dementia.1-2 Hour50 Points
Elderly Care and Caring for the Disabled
The free online course Elderly Care and Caring for the Disabled is designed to ensure that you have 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.1-2 Hour50 Points
Caring in the Health Professions
Care relationships within health professions are of great importance and hold a lot of meaning for both the provider and recipient. This free online course will give you a comprehensive understanding and knowledge of care relationships within health professions. The course covers the issue of care relationships in a variety of situations and contexts. Some of the areas covered include: caring in a hospital setting, caring for the elderly and disabled in residential care, hospice care and care as a family affair. Topics such as the limits and boundaries of care, community care, the meaning of home, care transactions, and care of those who are at the end stages of life are also discussed. This course will be of great interest to professionals already in the health or care professions, to learners who are planning a career in the health professions and will also be beneficial to individuals who are either giving or receiving care.3-4 Hours50 Points