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Caregiver Stress Can Lead to Elder Abuse

Posted by Pam Brandon on Jun 17, 2021 2:20:30 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The National Institute on Aging states, "abuse can happen to anyone-no matter the person's age, sex, race, religion, or ethnic or cultural background.  Each year, hundreds of thousands of adults over the age of 60 are abused, neglected, or financially exploited.  This is called elder abuse.  

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Topics: Aging Service Provider, Caregiver Stress, elder care, Empathy Training, Healing Touch, dementia education, Direct Care Workforce Training, dementia care training

Caregivers Hungry for Effective Experiential Dementia Training

Posted by Pam Brandon on Jun 11, 2021 1:31:25 PM

The toll of COVID induced loneliness and isolation on our elders is still in research phase and will be for some time to come.  Caregivers, too, have carried a heavy burden.  Professional and family caregivers have endured equal if not greater effects of this long running pandemic.  In addition to the fears surrounding the virus itself, as studies are released, we will be able to capture just how deep and wide the emotional burden has been to those caring for PLWD (persons living with dementia).  

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Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Institute, elder care, dementia training, dementia education, Dementia Awareness, dementia care training, Communication Skills Training

Why Quality of Life Training is a Must for Direct Care Workforce

Posted by Pam Brandon on May 7, 2021 2:00:01 PM

Millions of older adults and people living with disabilities rely on the direct care workforce, and the numbers are growing at an enormous rate every single day.  Sadly, we have undervalued the importance of the direct care workforce and ill prepared the critical need to provide  quality of life and quality of care training.  It's time to change the paradigm.

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Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Institute, Senior Care Professionals, Training, Dementia Live, Aging Service Provider, Quality of Life Training, aging, dementia training, older adults, Workforce, Direct Care Workforce Training, REVEAL Aging, staff

Celebrating Older Americans Month - Communities of Strength

Posted by Pam Brandon on Apr 27, 2021 12:54:35 PM


Communities-of-Strength-1-400x340Each May, the Administration for Community Living champions the national observance  of Older Americans Month.  "Communities of Strength" is the theme for 2021.

I can think of no other time in that this theme could be more appropriate as we have witnessed one of the most challenging years in history.  Older Americans have proven to be our source of wisdom, strength, perseverance and a model of overcoming difficulties.   And I will add that the communities that support older adults have risen to the challenges of creating new ways to engage and build even stronger communities in the face of unprecedented challenges brought on by a global pandemic.

The health and well being of older adults, especially is grounded in connecting with others.  It is paramount to the health and well-being of everyone, but especially as we age. 

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Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Institute, Senior Care Professionals, Family Caregiver, Training, Aging Service Provider, aging, Communities of Strength, Community, Older American Month, ACL.gov, older adults, support

Time for Solutions: Aging Services Workforce Development

Posted by Julie Boggess on Apr 20, 2021 1:13:02 PM

 

Aging Services providers are screaming from the mountain tops about the workforce crisis.   Could it be that policy makers are finally listening?

The workforce crisis is about the inability of aging services providers to fill open positions and the lack of competitive wages.

Most definitely,  a hopeful headline announced President Biden's plan investing billions to build an aging services workforce.  

The Value of Excellence in Elder Care

The time is right to seriously discuss the value of quality Elder Care in the United States.  In addition, it is imperative that we intensify  advocacy for improvements to strengthen services and supports for consumers.  Moreover,  we must enhance jobs for 4.6 million home care workers and nursing assistants.

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Topics: Senior Care Professionals, aging services, Aging in the Workplace, caregivers, Aging Service Provider, Professional Caregiver, Hospital Professionals, elder care, home care, aging services workforce, workforce crisis

How Can We Better Support and Educate Family Caregivers?

Posted by Pam Brandon on Apr 14, 2021 11:10:17 AM

Family CaregiversAccording to estimates from the National Alliance for Caregiving, during the past year, 65.7 million Americans (or 29 percent of the adult U.S. adult population involving 31 percent of all U.S. households) served as family caregivers for an ill or disabled relative.   That is 65.7 million family caregivers who are desperately needing education, training, support and help with finding available resources.  We must do a better job as these numbers are increasing drastically with our aging population.

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Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Institute, Senior Care Professionals, aging services, Family Caregiver, Training, Family, Caregiver, caregivers, Aging Service Provider, caregiving, family caregivers, parents, aging, families, REVEAL Aging, staff, workforce training, home health

#KnowMorePD - Elevating Awareness of Parkinson's Disease

Posted by Pam Brandon on Apr 6, 2021 12:38:55 PM

April marks Parkinson's Awareness Month and the theme the Parkinson's Foundation has chosen is #KnowMorePD to help elevate the public's awareness of the disease and to share the resources available to those who are diagnosed with PD and their families

Parkinsons's Disease (PD) is a complex movement disorder with symptoms that vary from person to person.  Some of these symptoms may include tremors, slurred speech,  a masked face, slow movement, and unsteady gait.  Because PD is largely misunderstood  by the general public and even healthcare professionals, it's often frightening to see a person struggle with these symptoms.  And when people don't understand what is happening, they generally react by becoming fearful or avoiding that person.

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Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Institute, Senior Care Professionals, Family Caregiver, Aging Service Provider, caregiving, #KnowMorePD, Parkinson's Foundation, Parkinson's Disease, education, resources, support

REVEAL Aging: The New Generation of Workforce Education

Posted by Julie Boggess on Mar 29, 2021 9:15:08 PM

The Aging Services Industry faces a triple-whammy when it comes to workforce turnover and retention.

The first hit is the massive turnover that occurred and continues to occur because of the pandemic.   Second,  the turnover is on top of existing unfillable vacant positions.  Thirdly, there are new entrants into the field who have no prior experience caring for older adults.

We don't want just warm bodies.  Yet, providers had to scurry and pull from every corner to get to bare staffing requirements.  Now, providers hang on hope that the good employees will not jump ship as the pandemic fades.  What are we to do about this massive issue?

Much of the focus will continue to  be on recruiting new employees, and rightly so.  However, great attention needs to be given to how to keep the new, good employees.  At the same time, it is critical to also maintain the spirit and engagement of the seasoned employees.

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Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Institute, Senior Care Professionals, aging services, Training, Hospital Professionals, Caregiver Training, aging, AGE-u-cate®, education, AGE-u-cate Training Insitute, Employees, Pam Brandon, turnover, older adults, AGE-u-cate Training, REVEAL Aging

Home Sweet Home: Transforming Aging in Place

Posted by Julie Boggess on Mar 15, 2021 10:08:10 PM

 

This is where people want to be.. home. It is time to examine changes needed for people stay safe and well with availability of appropriate care and services.

 

The Home Health/Care Industry quickly stepped up to the plate during the COVID pandemic.  The demand for services ballooned almost over-night, and providers responded with a fierce determination to serve those in need.

The challenges were not that different from long term care.  However, one might argue they were a bit more challenging due to the remote nature of the workforce.

COVID testing and protocol training required an enormous amount of coordination.  Another challenge was the lack of testing for the home-bound elders, and discovering that in desperation for care,  dishonesty of symptoms was a factor.

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Topics: The Family Caregiver, Senior Care Professionals, aging services, Family Caregiver, Training, Aging Service Provider, Hospital Professionals, caregiving, aging, Workforce, home care, COVID, home health

A Nod to Nursing Home Administrators

Posted by Julie Boggess on Mar 12, 2021 12:48:37 PM
thank-you-300x300Nursing Home Administrators are unsung heroes before, during and after the pandemic.  On this occasion of  Nursing Home Administrator's Week, AGE-u-cate Training Institute extends our thanks and admiration for the tireless commitment of these professionals.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that a health services manager plans, directs and coordinates the business of activities of healthcare providers, and this includes nursing home administrators.

It is difficult to define such a complex job.  However, I think the BLS should update the position responsibilities for the LNHA.

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Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Institute, Senior Care Professionals, aging services, Training, AGE-u-cate®, AGE-u-cate Training

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