Education is Powerful
1. Communication Skills and Teamwork
Understand the importance of attitude, develop communication skills, build teamwork, and enhance interpersonal relationships. Appreciation of peoples' decisions and attitudes impacts the client's and co-workers' needs.
2. Proper Skincare, Infection, and Changes in Skin Integrity
Caregivers need to understand the risk of infection, review common healthcare-acquired diseases, and the positive impact of handwashing to prevent the spread of germs.
3. Vital Signs and First Aid
Teaching the five vital signs and evaluating skill set. Understanding normal ranges, documentation, and reporting abnormal results. Understanding the top ten emergencies: falls, cuts, choking, seizures, burns, and more.
4. Bathing, Grooming, Dressing,
and Assisting your Clientsat Mealtime.
Create a bathing routine that is client-centered. Teaching caregivers to use adaptive clothing and assistive devices. Maintain a client's comfort, privacy, and safety. Communicate what you will be doing throughout the bathing experience. Routinely evaluate skin status, hydration, and prevention of infection.
5. Perineal, Catherer Care and Prevention of UTI
Instructions on perineal care for both male and female and reviewing the urinary tract system. Discuss catheter care, infection prevention, the importance of hydration,
and testing skill set.
6. Understanding Fall Risk, Prevention,
and Transferring Client
Overview of the factors that put clients at risk for falls, including age, medical and environmental hazards, focusing on safety and ways to prevent falls.
7. Preserve Skin Integrity, Prevention of Infection,
and Wound Care
The skin is the body's largest organ and the first line of defense. Protects against germs, regulates body temperature, and enables touch (tactile) sensations. The skin prevents loss of moisture and reduces the harmful effects of UV radiation. Learn how to care for your skin protects against mechanical, thermal, and physical injury.
MOST COMMON DISEASES
1. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs. Symptoms include breathing difficulty, cough, mucus (sputum) production, and wheezing. It's caused by long-term exposure
to irritating gases or chemicals and cigarette smoke. Most cases are related
to cigarette smoking, so stopping is the best prevention.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Dise
2. Congestive Heart Failure
Heart failure occurs when the heart muscle doesn't pump blood as well as it should. When this happens, blood often backs up, and fluid can build up in the lungs, causing shortness of breath, fatigue, weakness, swelling of legs, ankles, and feet. Lifestyle changes include losing weight, exercising, reducing salt (sodium) in your diet,
and managing stress.
3. Diabetes, Glucometer, and Insulin Administration
Type 2 diabetes is an impairment in regulating and using sugar (glucose) as a fuel. This long-term (chronic) condition results in too much sugar circulating in the bloodstream. Risk factors include poor nutrition, lack of exercise, poor sleep, age, family history, race, and ethnicity. Let us be proactive instead of reactive in the prevention of Diabetes.
4. Parkinson's Disease
Parkinson's disease is a progressive nervous system disorder affecting movement. Symptoms are due to a loss of neurons that produce a chemical messenger in your brain called dopamine. Specific nerve cells (neurons) in the brain gradually break down or die. Medications, surgery, exercise, nutrition, social connections significantly
improve your symptoms.