Why Go For Caregiver Training?
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?
Understanding Needs of Loved One
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.
Knowing your Own Needs and Preferences
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?
Cost of Training
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).
Using your SkillsFuture Credits
Are you prepared for your caregiving role?
We have shortlisted some essential courses to support your caregiving needs, including caring for your loved one’s daily needs to caring for yourself.
These courses are the result of a collaboration with SkillsFuture Singapore, the leader in promoting a culture of lifelong learning through the pursuit of skills mastery, aims to make caregiving courses more accessible to everyone.
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Packaged Courses For Busy Caregivers
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. Learn more.
We recommend this course if you…
- Care for a loved one who is 65 years or older, and is Singaporean
- Need a comprehensive all-in-one training course to manage the basic needs of loved ones, such as their ADLs.
- Need training that is geared towards a home care setting.
- Can plan your schedule ahead of time as this course will be 17 hours long, including classroom sessions and home sessions.
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. Learn more.
We recommend this course if you…
- Care for a loved one with specific mobility needs
- Need an introductory course explaining the key information you need for the specific needs of your loved ones
- Consider home-based training as an option
- Need a course that is more customised with some options to “add on”
- Cannot afford too much time for training
Note: Also suitable for Foreign Domestic Workers
What If You Just Want A Specific Course?
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.
Introduction to the CTG Course Scope
Courses teach specific nursing procedures that can be carried out at home to help in the caring of hospital discharged care recipients who are still in need of daily routine nursing care to manage their illness, home convalescence or home comfort 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.
Courses teach basic home care and personal care knowledge and skills to help home caregivers plan, organise, manage and deliver care to their care-dependent care recipients in their basic activities of daily living (BADL) and/or instrumental activities of daily living (IADL).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Courses focus on how to manage symptoms, provide comfort and assistance to the care recipients with life-limiting or life-threatening illness with terminal diagnosis. This includes help and support with the physical, emotional and mental health, spiritual and social needs of the care recipient when they are close to the end-of-life and for their families. The goal of care is to reduce suffering, improve the quality of life for both the care recipient and the family at all stages of the illness.
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.
|Foundational / Basic Care||Intermediate / Advance Care||Specialised Care|
|If your loved one has these care needs||
|CTG Course Category||
|Learning Objectives||Aims to equip caregivers with the basic knowledge and skills in planning, organising, managing and delivering care to home-bound frail or care dependent individuals with disability in his or her activities of daily living and personal care.||Aims to equip caregivers with the knowledge and skills on specific nursing procedures that can be carried out at home to help in the caring of hospital-discharged care recipients and/or care recipients on home convalescence or home comfort care who are in need of daily routine nursing care.||Aims to equip caregivers with an understanding of the specific disease conditions and its implications on physical and mental functions of the care recipient and the know-how and practical skills in managing their care.|
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