We are excited to introduce the Family Caregiver ESSENTIALS online course. Real world advice for caregiving aging parents or loved ones with short or long-term chronic illness. We will be addressing the “essentials” you need to know to be successful in your role as a caregiver, before, during and after your caregiving experience has ended. Included are important topics such as care advocacy, creating care teams, legal, financial and self-care. The course will be distributed via our website, major employers, organizations, colleges, social media sites and through affiliate partners. Our goal is to provide a holistic curriculum and a fresh look at caregiving from the perspective of caregivers. We encourage our members to take the course and share it with family, friends, neighbors and clients.
The phone rings… Mom took a fall, or an untimely diagnosis came in for a loved one, and suddenly… you’re a caregiver.
This is NOT an academic course; this is real world advice and practical hands on tools presented by industry experts whom have themselves been in the caregiving trenches. This is the manual everyone can use when suddenly… YOU’RE a caregiver.
Today an estimated 45 million Americans serve as unpaid family caregivers. They’re tending to children, spouses, aging parents, grandparents and other loved ones with disabilities or incapacitating illnesses, and they’re often doing so in addition to full-time work or school. Many spend at least 20 hours a week on caregiving duties, such as ensuring loved ones take their medication, bathing, clothing, cooking for them while being their health care proxy, power of attorney and main advocate. For caregivers of people with conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, the average may be closer to 60 hours per week.
As millions know, being a caregiver doesn’t come with an instruction manual; that’s because caregiving just happens. It is an untimely diagnosis or an unfortunate accident and SUDDENLY, you’re a caregiver! With limited or no training whatsoever, the family caregiver is asked to take on the roles of nurse, doctor, social worker and attorney while attempting to balance life at home and at work. Many of these family caregivers find themselves in the “sandwich” generation raising kids while in the midst of caregiving.
Empowering the Invisible Army of Family Caregivers
What is Covered in This Online Course:
– Suddenly…You’re a Caregiver
– Your Role as an Advocate
– Essential Communication Skills
– Familiarity with Medical Terms
– Creating a Care Team/Support
– Balancing Work and Caregiving
– The Financial Impact of Caregiving
– Fall Prevention/Safety/Technology
– Long Distance Caregiving Issues
– Nutrition, Hydration and Exercise
– Spousal, Non-Spousal, LGBT Issues
– Importance of Self-Care (you are not alone)
– Considerations for Alzheimer’s/Dementia
– Vital Documents (Proxy, POA, HIPAA, etc.)
– Hospice, Palliative Care, End of Life Issues
– Respite/Senior Living Options
– After Caregiving Ends…The Next Chapter
Real World Advice for Caregiving Aging Parents or Loved Ones With Short or Long-Term Chronic Illness.
…Coming VERY Soon!
“We are coming into a senior population explosion that is unprecedented in history. We will need an army of educated and compassionate advocates to assist them with dignity and integrity. Age Safe America will help train and empower this army.”
– Steven A. Bailey Founder/Managing Director