Free Courses to Become a Caregiver
Caregiving is also known as ‘caring’ or being a ‘care worker’, ‘caregiver’, ‘carer’ or 'home health aide'. In essence, it generally means seeing to the day-to-day needs of an older or disabled person by ensuring they have meals, are bathed, take their medication and have some social interaction. As populations in especially western countries age and people live longer than ever before, the need for carers has exploded. A caregiver generally lives with their client or patient in their home or provides day relief for relatives (known as ‘respite care’). Live-in caring work pays more but is also more stressful and can be lonely. Taking care of yourself is thus just as important as taking care of your client. We’ve included practical courses on how to look out for your stress levels and how to cope mentally.
In many countries, there is a degree of regulation and you need qualifications to be taken on by an agency that will place you with your patients. These qualifications include diplomas in healthcare and social work, which Alison offers. In addition, it is useful to have specialist knowledge of afflictions like dementia and malnutrition that often affect the elderly. Older people may suffer falls or need assistance getting out of beds or chairs so it’s important to know how to lift them properly so neither of you sustains an injury. Furthermore, it will boost your CV as a caregiver to have basic life support (BLS) and first aid skills under your belt. Browse our options below, create your free account and enrol in as many courses as you like to jumpstart your life as a care worker.