All About Dignity

 All About Dignity specializes in teaching Caregivers

We teach several classes to assist caregivers in making their caregiving skills work for both them and the loved one


Principles of Adult Learning

 All of our classes incorporate the essentials of Adult Learning. The motivations to learn evolve as you become older; and for an adult educator, teaching can be even more difficult without a basic understanding of adult learning theory. Malcolm, a pioneer in adult education, popularized the concept of five teaching strategies for adults, which states that students learn best when:

  1. Learning is experiential
  2. The time is right for them to learn
  3. The process is positive and encouraging
  4. Adults have the freedom to learn in their own way

Adults need tounderstand why something is important to know or do

Personal Care Worker classes

 This is a five-day class to help Caregivers learn many areas of caregiving. We start at the very beginning. Caregiving isn’t just known it’s a learning curve. We go through self-care, doing Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), such as helping with bathing, changing depends with the person and homemaking skills are learned.

Correct lifting tools the use of gloves and correct documentation. In this class we talk about "behavior interventions" that might make caregiving easier for both the caregiver and the care receiver. We also go into dealing with emergencies, fires and missing clients, what to do with weather problems such as tornados and blizzards.  

We do more ADLs, such as wheelchair transfers and safe wheelchair use, medication reminders, understanding vital signs, using gate belts and even putting on socks.  We go into a chapter on caring for someone when death is imminent. What are some needs of a person that is terminally ill? How can we be of help? What do we do? What is Hospice?    

We talk about many chronic illnesses including Alzheimer’s Disease, Sundowners, strokes, oxygen concentrators and their use, hearing loss and AIDS preparing us to work with many of the issues and illnesses associated with ageing.

Skills Review for PCWs

 The DPH chapter 26 regulations say Homecares must do a skills check within 45 days of hire. To do that correctly it takes hours of your time and turn over frequently. You can spend your time on other things, can’t you?  We come to you with everything we need and you don’t even need to be there. This class runs 3 to 4 hours depending on the staff.

Assisted living Personal Care Worker

 With the State changes to Assisted Living Residence came needs to train staff. This is a four-day class to help Caregivers learn many areas of caregiving. We start at the very beginning. Caregiving isn’t just known it’s a learning curve. We go through assisting with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), such as helping with bathing, changing depends with the person and Grooming are learned. We work on correct assistance to get up off the floor tools and the use of gloves and correct documentation. We also go into dealing with emergencies, fires and missing clients, what to do with weather problems such as tornados and blizzards.  

We do more ADLs, such as wheelchair transfers and safe wheelchair use, QMAPs and their roll in the Assisted Living, understanding vital signs, using gate belts and even putting on socks.  We go into a chapter on caring for someone when death is imminent. What are some needs of a person that is terminally ill? How can we be of help? What do we do? What is Hospice?  In this class we talk about "behavior interventions" that might make caregiving easier for both the caregiver and the care receiver.  

We talk about many chronic illnesses including Alzheimer’s Disease, Sundowners, strokes, oxygen concentrators and their use, hearing loss and AIDS preparing us to work with many of the issues and illnesses associated with ageing.

4 Hour Helping with Dementia Care

 In this program we teach specific skills that will help the family and staff with the difficulties associated with Dementia care.

You the caregiver is about care for self. When caring for a loved one we become an extension of them forgetting how to care for ourselves.

We then turn to Understanding the Disease. with topics like my brain my way how their brain works to make their life and reality.

Once they know this the caregiver learns skills to join their Care Receiver’s beliefs or reality and use skills we teach to move with them with greater tools.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

 Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a six-week education program developed by Legacy Caregiver Services for family and friends caring for older adults who have stroke, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease or similar long-term conditions. The free six week class provides family caregivers with the skills and confidence to better care for themselves while caring for others. Many caregivers have found the class beneficial, including: those caring for a spouse or partner and adult children caring for parents. We can't take away caregiving problems, but we can help caregivers manage them better and to seek and find solutions.  The goal is to help caregivers to thrive as individuals. 

Skills, Skills and more skills for families

 In one day I bring everything needed for this class to make it a real hands on experience for everyone. It’s all about doing Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) such as helping with bathing, changing depends with the person and homemaking skills are learned. Hands on dressing, shaving, nail care, denture care and many personal ADLs are worked on. Homemaking isn’t just what you think -- dusting, cleaning, household care. It is also about doctor visits, HIPAA, fluid balance, helping with eating and healthy diets for less active people, preventing bed sores, fluid balance and more. 

Stress Busting for Family Caregivers

 The Stress-Busting Program is designed to improve the quality of life for family caregivers who provide care for persons with Alzheimer’s disease or other related dementias by helping them manage their stress and cope better with their lives. The Stress-Busting Program was developed through research conducted by Dr. Sharon Lewis at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Caregivers who have participated in this program have reported significantly lowered stress, depression, and anxiety as well as improved quality of life. They have also reported improvement in their ability to relax and manage stress and an increase in their self-esteem.

 
 

Learning about the different parts of a wheelchair and how they help you the caregiver as well as the person using it.

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