Generations at Home Wellness Care has taken a significant new step to address one of the biggest concerns families have with home care: the level of training and skills of the in-home caregiver. While more and more families are seeking in-home care to avoid institutionalization of their loved ones, the training and skill of the caregivers coming into the home is a very valid concern.
Generations believes that training and skill development in their caregiving team is one of the key reasons families choose their company. We know that many families have options for care. We are very focused on providing a level of training for our staff that far exceeds any required training in this area.
To achieve this, Generations has partnered with a leader in caregiver training to provide more than 90 hours of caregiver training to every member of their team. The training program offers highly engaging training courses, covering topics like Alzheimer’s and memory care, medications, ethics, personal care and mobility as well as basic companion care. It also utilizes best practices in e-learning, making this training available to the busy in-home caregiver online, at a time and place most convenient for their learning.
Many in-home care companies try to gather all their staff together in an office for periodic training. We know that this does not set the stage for the most effective learning. Learning, especially for busy adults, happens best when they control the time, place and intensity of their training. Our partnership gives our staff much more control over their own learning and skill development, helping us build a team that offers a standard of care our clients expect and deserve.
According to the Family Caregiver Alliance more than 50 million families and friends provide care to an elderly or disabled adult. “Caring and compassion are the most important traits of a caregiver,” notes Mr. Atkinson. “But just compassion isn’t enough. Knowing that the caregiver also has skills to prevent skin breakdown and maintain walking skills, for example, is vital for the family’s peace of mind.”
One feature Generations is excited to offer the public is an option for family caregivers to learn more themselves by accessing the Family Learning Center. This FREE resource is specifically designed for family members who provide any type of direct care or support. These courses can be accessed via the internet here and do not require attending classes.
Families employing caregivers in their homes want to know that they are capable of providing the best care possible. I know if someone were coming to my mother’s home providing care for her I’d feel significantly more confident knowing that person had received this training.