With this Advanced Training You’ll Be Ready to Help Older Adults After Hospital Discharge

Caregiver Training


The HomeCare 100 teaches caregivers how to help older adults avoid serious complications and rest and recover easier at home

For older adults, returning home after a hospital stay is fraught with risks and challenges that can cause additional health problems and land them right back in the in the hospital.

Nearly 20 percent of people 65 and older on Medicare are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of their initial discharge, according to report in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Yet, an average of 27 percent of all readmissions may be avoided with better transitional care, according to a report co-authored by Dr. Eric Alper.

Comprehensive discharge planning coupled with care support and improved communication between the patient, providers, and caregivers, can reduce readmission rates and lower the risk of health complications for older adults, according to research published by the National Institutes of Health.

That’s where a qualified caregiver with advanced training can make a significant difference. When patients received in-home care from a caregiver with professional training, emergency room visits dropped by 24 percent, according to one study.

Not only does advanced caregiver training mean better care for older adults, but it also eases stress and increases confidence for caregiving professionals. And, professional caregivers can be a cost-effective alternative to families, who must often balance caregiving with their own sick days and work schedules and for the hospitals who can be penalized for high-admission rates.

A qualified caregiver can help improve outcomes for the older adult, their family, and the care providers.

The HomeCare 100 is the Difference

This is why we developed the HomeCare 100 Professional Caregiver Training Program and why at HomeCare of the Rockies we are so dedicated to educating professional caregivers. We see firsthand how comprehensive, professional training makes a difference to the seniors we serve and the caregivers who consistently deliver quality care.

Through the paid HomeCare 100 training, caregivers learn how to provide care support to meet the diverse care needs of older adults at every stage of life, including those recently discharged after illness or surgery. Caregivers not only receive in-classroom education, but they also practice these skills in the hands-on practicums and Caregiver Labs that are part of the 100-hour training certification program.

“Our caregivers are taught ways to help older adults regain strength and independence, provide emotional and cognitive support, find new, safe ways of tending to the activities of daily living, and ease stress and agitation even as they are recovering at home,” says Sara Russell, RN, a caregiver educator with HomeCare of the Rockies.

This qualified, and responsive care approach means caregivers become an extra set of ears and eyes for the older adult and his family. They learn to become keen observers helping to identify potential risks and concerns before they become more serious problems for the older adult.

“Caregivers are trained how to be aware and observant of any potential issues and the challenges the older adult may experience after discharge,” Russell says. “They know what to watch for and are knowledgeable in how to respond professionally to each unique situation to keep problems from getting worse.”

Qualified Caregiver Support Can Lower Risk of Hospital Readmission

Hospital readmissions are usually a result of several factors including medication complications and mix-ups, overlooked symptoms and signs, failure to follow doctor’s orders, and a lack of follow-up care.

And these are just a few of the areas HomeCare of the Rockies caregivers are trained to assist with. In short, with the professional caregiver training provided through the HomeCare 100, you will be equipped, prepared, and able to confidently care for an older adult who has just arrived home from the hospital or rehab facility.

Five Ways the HomeCare 100 Professional Caregiver Training Helps You Help Seniors after Hospitalization

1. Activities of Daily Living

Dressing, hygiene care, meal preparation and consumption and the ability to manage the day-to-day activities are major factors when evaluating whether an older adult can return home or should move to a care community.

Yet, many older adults are discharged from the hospital before they’ve regained the strength and mobility they need to adequately handle these tasks. This adds to their risk of injury and complication and puts added stress on family caregivers.

In the HomeCare 100, you’ll learn a variety of approaches and techniques to ease this stress by supporting seniors in their daily routine and adapting the activities of daily living so your client can safely and successfully accomplish some tasks with limited help or on their own.

We also spend time training you in personal care and hygiene. Older adults may be reluctant to “impose” their hygiene and toileting needs on a family caregiver, and basic hygiene like showering and teeth brushing are an important part of preventing infection on other health complications.

And we offer specifics on how to preserve the older adult’s dignity and privacy while delivering personal care.

2. Safe Transfers & Mobility

Movement can aid in healing and prevent further disability and other health complications, but many older adults need the support of a trained individual to feel secure and safe when moving from beds to chairs, or into the bathroom or other rooms of the home.

Our caregivers learn how to safely transfer the patient while keeping themselves safe and injury free.

We also cover the use of medical and personal in-home care equipment like walkers, commodes, shower benches and other items can make mobility and the activities of daily living easier for your client.

3. Nutrition & Hydration

At HomeCare of the Rockies, we also take a more holistic approach to care delivery with training on proper nutrition and hydration. These things are essential to cognition, mood management, immune function and overall improved health for older adults, yet patients may not have the energy or the interest to prepare meals when they first arrive home.

In the HomeCare 100, you’ll learn how to help. You’ll study the nutritional guidelines and learn a variety of tips and techniques you can use to prepare healthy meals, in accordance with the older adult’s dietary guidelines and personal preferences. And we take it further by providing a variety of ideas and approaches you can use to encourage older adults to eat and make mealtimes more enjoyable.

4. Symptom & Care Management

It takes everyone a while to bounce back from a health scare, injury, or medical condition that lands us in the hospital and yet, older adults are especially prone to reoccurrence and complications.

They are susceptible, in part, because they fail to recognize serious signs and symptoms or can be confused about the care instructions.

But, an observant and qualified caregiver can keep an eye out and identify potential problems before they threaten the senior’s health.

In the HomeCare 100, we’ll teach you what to look for and what to do when you do spot a potentially serious problem.

As a professional caregiver, you know too that healing requires emotional support and encouragement. And, in the HomeCare 100, we’ll teach you how to ease the senior’s stress and agitation so that you can connect with your clients in meaningful ways.

This kind of social interaction and connection is important when it comes to warding off post-hospital depression and anxiety.

5. Medication Reminders & Therapy Homework

After hospitalization, older adults often arrive home with several new medications and strict instructions about what to take when. And for safety and effectiveness, medicines must be taken as prescribed. But it can be tough for some older adults to keep the instructions straight. This is another area where a qualified caregiver can help – particularly in the early weeks after hospitalization.

Through your training, you’ll learn how to support the older adults you are caring for by picking up prescriptions, checking to make sure the order was properly filled, and ensuring that the medicine is in easy-to-open bottles with large lettering so your client can read the instructions.

We will even show you how to make medication reminders and create a checklist to aid your client.

And, we teach our caregivers how to watch out for side effects or medication interactions that can impact the senior’s health, mood, and comfort and what to do if problems occur.

Beyond that, through the HomeCare 100, you’ll learn how to work with home health professionals and support the older adult’s physical therapy and other skilled therapy regimens to help them progress.

After a hip replacement or other surgery, for example, physical therapists will help the older adult regain function. But the senior will often have exercises or movements they’ll need to practice each day and those can be hard to do. With the right kind of care support, a professional caregiver can help the client persist and improve. And, it might make it more fun for everyone, if you do the exercises right alongside.

These kinds of tips and techniques coupled with the practical know-how and experience you get through our Caregiver Lab are designed to help become capable and confident when you are caring for an older adult who has just arrived home from the hospital or managing any other care challenge you may encounter. The HomeCare 100 is the only training program created with you in mind so that professional caregivers can continue to deliver the kind of exceptional care older adults deserve.

Are you ready to become a professional caregiver certified in the HomeCare 100? Then, call now 720-204-6083 and learn how you can create a meaningful and successful career in caregiving.

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