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Education: Training: Caregivers

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Elizabeth Mc’Gown Training Institute provides videos to help improve the quality of care received by older adults. These tutorials range from foot care to safety for dementia clients to understanding and working with some one with low vision.

Parkinson's Training for Caregivers project is a free online course developed to train caregivers in caring for those with Parkinson's Disease in long-term care settings. The Development of this curriculum was funded by the Northwest Parkinson's Foundation and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging. This specialty training course, "Caring for Persons with Parkinson's Disease" was developed for the paraprofessional caregiver in long term care settings including skilled nursing facilities, assisted living communities, adult family homes, and in-home settings. The caregiving suggestions that are part of this curriculum have been identified as "best practices" in caring for persons with Parkinson's disease. They were written and reviewed by a team of Parkinson's specialists. The information in this training is provided as an educational service and is intended for educational purposes only. Although this course is free, you must create an account to access the curriculum.

New Sign Powerful Tools for Caregivers (PTC) is based on the highly successful Chronic Disease Self-Management Program developed by Dr. Kate Lorig and her colleagues at Stanford University. Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a national program sustained by extensive collaborations with community-based organizations. For over 12 years. Currently, over 1,700 Class Leaders have been trained in 32 states. Since the program’s inception, reaching over 70,000 caregivers. In the six weekly classes, caregivers develop a wealth of self-care tools to: reduce personal stress; change negative self-talk; communicate their needs to family members and healthcare or service providers; communicate more effectively in challenging situations; recognize the messages in their emotions, deal with difficult feelings; and make tough caregiving decisions. Class participants also receive a copy of The Caregiver Helpbook, developed specifically for the class. Research studies find high rates of depression and anxiety among caregivers and caregiving has a significant negative impact on a caregivers’ physical and emotional health. Contact Powerful Tools For Caregivers, at 4110 SE Hawthorne Blvd #703, Portland, OR 97214 or Phone 1-503-719-6980 or send e-mail to mail@powerfultoolsforcaregivers.org.

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University of Wisconsin Oshkosh has training available, as well as helpful DVD’s on caregiver training. The site has information on preventing abuse and maintaining the dignity of persons for which care is provided.

Wisconsin Department of Caregiver Services offers comprehensive caregiver training tools. The website includes webcast training, a caregiver training manual, as well as information to prevent client abuse and neglect.

Wisconsin Respite Care Association of Wisconsin in partnership with Easter Seals Wisconsin has developed a free online training for respite care providers or those who would like to become care providers. The goal is to create a “Caring Network” of highly trained respite care providers who will have the required skills to provide in-home respite care for individuals with a variety of disabilities. The ultimate goal of the training is to address the shortage of qualified in-home respite care providers in Wisconsin and expand an online referral source for families and caregivers to access these trained providers in their communities.

The comprehensive online course is designed for people providing care to individuals of varying disabilities and ages. The course covers: Disability Basics, Lifts & Transfers, Personal Care/Daily Living Skills, Medication Administration, Communication Techniques, Abuse and Neglect, Caring for Challenging Behaviors, Free Time Activities, and Making Connections (meeting/training with the family). This will allow participants to work at their own pace, with the ability to start and stop the modules as they go. The online training course makes use of videos, worksheets and quizzes to test the knowledge of participants. Upon successful completion of the online course, the participants will receive a certificate and be offered the opportunity to be added to an online respite care provider registry. To sign up for the free online course or to learn more please visit their website or call (608) 222-2033. This programs is supported by the U.S. Administration on Aging’s Lifespan Respite Care Program, Project #90LR0022/01

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