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CARE: Introduction to Caregiving for Older Adults

Karolinska Institutet via edX

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Overview

If you are currently a caregiver or if you expect to become one, you'll want to learn more about supporting the care needs of older adults. This course was designed specifically for you!

This course is one of several that were developed to offer the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in a role as a caretaker to an older adult. This is a four-part, self-paced interactive course that offers an introduction to caregiving and is designed to complement other courses we offer.

Syllabus

Section 1: Who are carers and what they do
  • Carer Terminology
  • Carer Role & Characteristics
  • Assessment
Section 2: Whom will you be caring for and the process of aging
  • Opening poll
  • Body systems
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Digestive system
  • Musculoskeletal system
  • Nervous System
  • Respiratory System
  • Urinary System
  • Hearing
  • Vision
  • Skin
  • Taste & Smell
  • Other Chronic Illnesses or Diseases & Comorbidity
  • Assessment
Section 3: Social and Emotional needs of an Older Person
  • Reflection
  • Experience of Loss
  • Social and Emotional Needs
  • Assessment
Section 4: How to keep an older person and yourself as the carer safe
  • Reflection
  • Changes to sensory, physical, and mental abilities and risk of self-injury
  • Unsafe environment
  • Risk to Self
  • Assessment

Taught by

Carl Sundberg, Anneliese Lilienthal, Laurie Owen and Elizabeth Muir

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