Carer Thoughts, Caring Role, Education, Equipment

I would like to learn more about subjects relating to my caring role, but I don’t know where to look

I would like to learn more about subjects relating to my caring role, but I don’t know where to look

Like many carers, you may have had no health or social care experience when you started looking after someone.
In the early days of caring you might not even need any particular skills, especially if you’re just keeping an eye on an elderly relative or helping someone to wash, get dressed or preparing simple meals. As time goes by, however, carers often find themselves undertaking more and more tasks which demand more than a vague awareness of medical or social care matters.

Perhaps you need practical training to use specialist equipment like a hoist or to care for someone who has bed sores or uses oxygen, or other medical equipment.
If the cared-for person has been provided with special equipment, for example, a hoist or stair lift, their occupational therapist (OT) will show you how to use it. If in doubt about anything, ask questions.
If you have a community alarm or sensors fitted in your home, the OT will explain how to use everything.
Similarly, if you are carrying out nursing tasks, for example, changing a dressing, administering oxygen or feeding someone through a tube, the community nurse will take time to make sure you understand exactly what to do. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

You might find that studying online is easier to fit in around caring than a classroom based course.  Some of them are just for carers and many of them are free. Your local carers service will advertise training courses available or you can visit the Carers Trust website, for courses available.

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Here are some tips for you to try this week :

Decide what subject you would like to learn more about and see what courses are available near to you, via your local council, college, adult learning centre or university.

Visit your local library this week to get some books on the subject.

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