In the medical world, information is constantly changing. Everyday we learn more about the disease process and how to treat, cure or in some cases simply manage it better. We here at Home Loving Senior Care believe that keeping our caregivers up-to-date with the evolving information helps them deliver safer and more effective care to our aging adult clients.
We provide quarterly in-services for our caregivers which cover an array of topics. Over the years we have covered everything from understanding symptoms of a stroke to understanding common dietary restrictions. At our most recent in-service, we welcomed guests speakers (see left) from an assisted living, Emeritus in Greensboro, to share a presentation with our caregivers. They covered a very important and complicated topic about adults who suffer from dementia called, “Behavior is Communication.” We reviewed caregiver’s skills on how to handle certain scenarios with clients with dementia. When discussing certain behaviors, such as shaking doorknobs and pacing, the caregivers nodded and explained they had seen these habits often. Typically, a person shaking doorknobs is looking for a restroom but has no idea where it is.
The presentation focused on how we have to retrain our minds as providers of care to not force someone with dementia to perform certain tasks but to learn their behaviors, life and needs so that we can kindly help them achieve their wants and needs. The caregiver’s were challenged to put themselves in the clients “shoes” to get a better understanding of what the client is going through and how to help their client. We challenged them to take a few tips they had never used before to assist their clients. Overall, everyone enjoyed the stories and the learning that came from this In-Service.
We take education and training very seriously at Home Loving so that our caregivers have the skills and confidence to take care of your mother, father or spouse. It could be us one day being cared for and we want to be cared for in a kind and understanding way. Wouldn’t you?