Caregiving At Home

Professional Development

Offered through Continuing Education

@ Meramec | Wildwood

Caregivers — sometimes referred to as informal caregivers — are unpaid individuals who help assist others with daily living and/or medical tasks. Oftentimes, caregivers are a spouse, partner, family member, friend or neighbor. The work is important and often not easy. You’re not alone. Join our experts and fellow attendees who, like you, are considering the tasks of caregiving. Held at our Meramec and Wildwood campuses, this series covers a range of helpful topics to support you and, ultimately, those for whom you care.

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Palliative Care Navigation

Considered the model for high quality, compassionate care for those with life-limiting or debilitating illness, palliative or end of life care is one of the most difficult decisions that individuals and families can make. Learn the basics of palliative care and become more informed on what questions to ask and how to best tailor palliative care to fit you and your families unique needs.
AHCE:701 | 1 session | $17.50 AGE 60+ | $25 REG

NEW!  Mental Health First Aid

Gain the tools to identify when someone might be struggling with a mental health or substance use problem and to connect them with appropriate support and resources when necessary. This public education program introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact and overviews appropriate supports. Role-playing and simulations demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect people to the appropriate professional, peer, social and self-help care. The program also teaches common risk factors and warning signs of specific illnesses like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and schizophrenia. Mental Health First Aid is included on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).
AHCE:734 | 1 session | $44.50 AGE 60+ | $55 REG

Caring for Aging Parents: Best Practices

Helping those you love navigate the changes they are facing in their golden years can seem daunting. New challenges relating to their activities of daily living, transportation and medications can leave you feeling overwhelmed. In this class, expert on senior issues, Catherine Kush, will answer questions and set out best practices to deal with the challenges you may face while caring for those you love.
AHCE:701 | 1 session | $17.50 AGE 60+ | $25 REG

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Learn about long term care from a financial perspective with “Paying for Long Term Care: Alternative Funding Options.”

Caregiving at Home or in a Facility: Which is Better?

The need for caregiving in the home may occur suddenly with an illness or injury or, as with chronic illness or frailty due to aging, it may develop over a period of time. A variety of factors should be considered when the need for caregiving arises. Join us to explore and compare home- and facility-based options when individuals need increased assistance with everyday tasks. Discussion about the range of services provided through home care agencies will include non-medical support such as housekeeping, shopping and errands, bathing and personal care, medical services such as physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy and wound care. We will explore community services such as adult day care and respite care that may be beneficial to caregivers who wish to continue providing care for their loved one in the community. Discussion will cover the different levels of facility-based care including skilled nursing, assisted living and residential care will also be addressed.
AHCE:701 | 1 session | $25 AGE 60+ | $25 REG

Medications and Pain Management

Pain management is one of the most important aspects of care post-surgery or for someone with a chronic condition. Learn from an expert in senior issues about medications and current trends in pain management for seniors. While this course is primarily for nonprofessional caregivers, portions of the course may be very useful to professionals providing care for family or friends.
AHCE:701 | 1 session | $17.50 AGE 60+ | $25 REG

Dementia Diagnosis and Behaviors

In this interactive session, learn the early signs of dementia and coping methods after diagnosis. Have questions related to dementia progression and the different areas of dementia diagnosis including Alzheimer’s answered by a senior care expert.
AHCE:701 | 1 session | $17.50 AGE 60+ | $25 REG

Do No Harm: Proper Body Mechanics

How do you safely move a senior in bed, transfer and assist with walking? Learn proper body mechanics that will assure the safety of both the person being assisted and the caregiver. Please wear flat shoes and slacks for this session.
AHCE:701 | 1 session | $29 AGE 60+ | $35 REG

Fall Prevention and Screening

Falls are the leading cause of injury and death in those over age 65 and for that reason fall prevention is a national health priority. Wondering how your balance and gait compare to national averages? Come and perform a variety of balance and gait assessments and find out! This class will also provide fall prevention tips from experts in the field.
AHCE:701 | 1 session | $34 AGE 60+ | $45 REG

Loss as a Senior: Coping with Loneliness

Loss as a senior can present unique challenges to those who experience it. Isolation, depression and persistent feelings of sadness can all be outcomes of the loss of a loved one and can be especially difficult to cope with as an older adult. In this class, learn coping methods and resources specifically aimed at helping you or a loved one work through these emotions.
AHCE:701 | 1 session | $25 AGE 60+ | $25 REG

Safe Patient Handling

Gain a better understanding of Safe Patient Handling (SPH) from OSHA Guidelines to the State of Missouri Regulations. Emphasis will be on SPH in the therapy setting. Learn about the American Physical Therapy Association guidelines on SPH and explore the data and options regarding caring for patients that require manual assist. The learning objective of the class is for all clinicians involved in patient care to have a better understanding of SPH, how it applies to their practice, and ways to promote SPH in their facilities and in the community. Students will earn a certificate for four continuing education credit hours.
AHCE:774 | 1 session | $36 AGE 60+ | $49 REG

Caregiving Resources

Of the nearly 44 million family caregivers in the United States, many are often over-burdened and under-informed. Both the caregiver and care-receiver will benefit from having access to quality resources that will support them in their respective roles. Learn valuable information about the basics of caregiving and receive helpful resources and tips for navigating your role as a family caregiver.
AHCE:701 | 1 session | $25 AGE 60+ | $25 REG


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