When the best teams in any sport take the field, the spectators often have no idea just how much training has gone on before the games. Sure, people are fully aware that these athletes trained for many years, but the specifics of that training are often unnoticed. The same can be said for home care aides and other professional and home care providers, especially when they are supporting seniors who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia.
It’s no secret that adequate training will improve the quality and breadth of support that a person receives. When it comes to helping those with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, adequate training is not always available, especially to home care aides who may not receive much more than minimum wage.
Some agencies, though, are beginning to truly understand the benefits of proper training in all aspects of in-home care. That includes providing support to those diagnosed and dealing with Alzheimer’s.
As reported in the WickedLocal blog, ABC Home Healthcare staff receive Alzheimer’s support training:
“In the home health care field, agencies like ABC Home Healthcare Professionals providing care for people with Alzheimer’s require their Home Health Aides undergo specialized training in this area.
ABC has announced that nine more Home Health Aides recently complete the Alzheimer’s Supportive Home Care Aide training, bringing their total to over 60 home health aides on staff trained to work with clients living with this disease. The two-day intensive training was provided by Mystic Valley Elder Services, a nonprofit agency which partners with elders, adults living with disabilities and caregivers residing in Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Medford, Melrose, North Reading, Reading, Revere, Stoneham, Wakefield and Winthrop. Mystic Valley Elder Services provided this training opportunity to home health aides to support the growing need in the local communities.”
It’s important for other agencies across country to recognize the benefits in providing adequate training, not just to new caregivers who will begin working with elderly and disabled clients, but those who may specialize in providing Alzheimer’s care and support.
There are strategies that can be beneficial, not just at the moment or immediate future, but several years down the road, especially when clients realize the benefits of hiring home care support services early in the disease’s progression. The more training a person receives, the better and higher quality support they will likely be able to offer those who need it most.