Undergoing training allows one to gain knowledge, skills and deeper understanding of the responsibilities in caring for their loved one. It also enhances confidence in performing a task.
This is why caregiver training courses are important – but how does a caregiver know which course to go for?
A new caregiver should establish the needs of their loved one first. This includes physical needs, health and medical needs, and many more. He/ she may learn about home personal care, home nursing and specialized care needs tips while caring for their loved one at home. Click here to read more.
Do you require home-based training as you may need advise on planning and managing the care for your loved one at home Or do you prefer a classroom-based setting where approved ? trainers conduct training using the wider range of equipment available in their centres?
Whatever options you eventually select based on your needs and preferences, the final step is to assess the cost of this training. If financial assistance is required, the Caregivers Training Grant is available to most caregivers in Singapore, and can be used to offset up to $200 a year in caregiver training courses approved by the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC).
Most new caregivers would need a wide range of knowledge to prepare them for their caregiving journey of looking after their loved one. AIC has worked with training providers to develop two specialised programme courses to meet the needs of most caregivers.
This course is designed for comprehensive learning at basic level suited for the higher care needs of your loved ones who may be frail with functional dependence associated with their advance age and/or health condition.
The training duration of 17 hours allows for more in-depth learning of knowledge and practice of skills designed for assisting in Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), safe and optimal eldercare practices such as fall prevention, administration of medication emergency preparedness and other topics essential for providing personal care in the home setting.
Note: Also suitable for Foreign Domestic Workers
The sets of A, B, or C courses are individually designed to suit the appropriate care needs of your loved one who is frail but Ambulant (Set A), or Bedbound (Set B), or wheelChair bound (Set C).
Based on your choice, you may sign up for any of the 4-hour course to learn how to support the respective general caregiving needs according to their mobility status. Each course is designed to equip caregivers with practical knowledge and techniques to provide safe and optimal personal care. Examples of general caregiving topics include assisting in Activities of Daily Living, safe eldercare practices such as fall prevention, administration of medication, emergency preparedness and other topics essential for providing caregiving in home setting.
If you are looking for a course that teaches a specific skill, such as tube changing or first aid skills, do
visit our Caregiver Training Courses list.
You can select the training course by the preferred language of the course (if you need training conducted in another language other than English), course mode (home based or classroom based), topic, and/or even by training provider.
Home Nursing Care
Clinical nursing care procedures include wound care, stoma care, tracheostomy, respiratory & suction care etc.
The training and assessment by qualified and experienced nurses can significantly help to reduce the need for prolonged hospital stay or institutional care for the care recipient.
Home Personal Care
Examples of attending to patients with their BADLs include bathing, toileting/continence, dressing/grooming, eating/hydration, mobility/transfer, medication reminders and/or assistance, home safety, etc
Examples of attending to patients with their IADLs include essential to more complex life tasks, such as meal preparation, shopping, household laundry, house cleaning, handling finances/bills, managing medical appointments & medication management, transportation, use of telephone, appliances etc.
Courses are focused on teaching dementia-specific home caregiving knowledge and skills to help caregivers understand dementia symptoms at different stages of dementia, effective dementia care practices to address and manage symptoms of behaviours of concern of the person living with dementia (PLWD) physical safety, emergency preparedness, activities to engage PLWD, self-care strategies and resources to help and support caregivers of PLWD to reduce caregiver stress.
As dementia progresses in the person living with dementia (PLWD), caregivers will benefit from such dementia-specific knowledge and skills, from requiring assistance with physical personal care to cognitive care.
Stroke Care & Rehabilitation
Courses provide caregivers with an understanding of stroke and its after-effects on physical and mental functions of the care recipient.
Caregivers will be equipped with practical skills in managing care for someone post-stroke. Other post-stroke management includes managing emotional and behavioural challenges communication techniques, mobility and transfer, skills in preventing and managing pressure sores, importance of post-stroke rehabilitation and strategies to reduce risk of stroke.
Specific Learning Difficulties
Courses aim to help caregivers with care recipients who have conditions such as Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dyspraxia, Dysgraphia, or Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder.
Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) refer to a difficulty/difference that an individual has with particular aspects of learning. The term “SpLD” refers to a disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using language, whether spoken or written.
The disorder may manifest itself in the imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell or do mathematical calculations.
Special Educational Needs
Courses aim to introduce caregivers to accommodated education programmes, interventions, and/or approaches specific to the special education needs of their care recipients.
Special Educational is also known as special needs education, aided education, exceptional education, alternative provision, or exceptional student education.
It is the practice of educating students in a way that accommodates their individual differences, disabilities, and special needs. Individuals with special needs learning, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Intellectual Disability, Physical Disability Adults.
Courses aim to help caregivers better understand the psychological and psychosocial impact related to caregiving, and learn self-care strategies or interventions to minimise issues such as family conflict, miscommunication, anxiety, depression, isolation and caregiver burnout. Maintaining the mental health and well-being of a caregiver can substantially help to sustain the caregiving relationship and the caregiving journey.
Seniors have basic psychological and psychosocial needs to remain connected to their family members, caregivers, friends and society. Likewise, caregivers’ needs, which involve social, emotional and physical stress and exhaustion, have to be addressed as well.
Palliative & End-Of-Life Care
The categories of courses are not limited to the below mentioned. There is ongoing effort between AIC and our training providers to look out for specific and specialised courses to address caregiving competencies according to the care needs of the care recipient.
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