Long Term Care Training
● Disease Management: Diabetes is one of the most common ailments among people who live in long-term care facilities; it can lead to serious health problems for older people, including blindness, kidney failure, heart disease, and ailments in the lower extremities. Another common ailment among seniors is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). There are over 14 million Americans who live with COPD, and it is the fourth most common cause of death and disability in the United States. Long-term care professionals can take a training course that demonstrates techniques for treating diabetes, COPD, and other common diseases, and help to make these conditions more manageable for sufferers in long-term care facilities.
● Fall Prevention: The elderly often succumb to nasty falls that result in non-fatal injuries. These injuries can have a very detrimental impact on their quality of life. Long-term care professionals can be trained to identify risk factors for elderly individuals who may be prone to falling, along with assessment and evidence-based strategies for intervention when long-term care residents do fall.
● Mentoring Programs: Many training courses are designed to develop and implement mentoring programs as a retention strategy for long-term care facilities. Training in this area may include a mentoring kit that will be used to assist trainees in speeding up the development process, along with a formal mentoring program that is suited to each trainee’s needs and abilities.
● Long-Term Care Ethics: Many younger people, including aspiring long-term care providers, have prejudiced beliefs toward senior citizens. For example, the image of an elderly woman as a sweet old lady may produce a belief that all elderly women are frail and dependant upon others. This bias may keep that provider from seeing elderly women as people with a full life and rich history. Since the Baby Boomer population will increase dramatically in the next two decades, now is a good time for long-term care professionals to receive training to avoid ageism and other prejudices toward elderly people who live in long-term care facilities, and better understand the process of aging in general.
You can also enroll in a long-term care training program by contacting the long-term care facility for which you would like to work, or a vocational school or community college in your area. You can also check with your state’s division of health facilities evaluation and licensing program to see if that organization can send you a list of approved training programs.