What is The Caregiver's Training Program?
It is both a textbook useful in learning how to care for an aging parent or other loved one and it is a live, in-person training course offered at our Seniors First Home Care office in Columbia, South Carolina through a partnership with the Real Estate School of South Carolina. You can choose to purchase the book as a stand-alone item, or you can receive a copy as a part of the in-person training course.

As a participant in the Caregiver's Training Program, you will learn how to provide the care needed for an elderly parent, as well as gain a greater awareness of programs and support services available that can help you in a variety of ways.

The Caregiver's Training Program gives practical, immediately useful knowledge about the techniques and resources available to make the last years of life for your parent as comfortable and dignified as possible. You do not need a degree in nursing or any sort of medical background to understand this material.

What's Covered?

The textbook covers all twenty-three topics; the live, in-person training course covers a portion of the material. The topics included in the training course are noted in the list below.

  • The Caregiver's Notebook - Live Course Topic
  • Physical Ailments and their Impact on the Elderly: What You Can Do to Help - Live Course Topic
  • Dealing with Issues Related to Specific Illnesses
  • Losing Your Breath: Emphysema and COPD - Live Course Topic
  • Arthritis, Broken Bones, Hip Replacements & Osteoporosis
  • Glasses, Cataracts, Hearing Loss and Dentures
  • Congestive Heart Failure and Stroke
  • Parkinson Disease - Live Course Topic
  • Alzheimer's Disease - Live Course Topic
  • Depression in the Elderly
  • Keeping Them Safe: Life Alert and Similar Security Systems - Live Course Topic
  • Nutrition and Hydration: Planning for Success
  • Medications: Finding Your Way Through the Pathway of Patches and Pills - Live Course Topic
  • Getting the House in Order: Money, Assets and the Luck of Inheritance - Live Course Topic
  • Things You May Need (And Should Understand) - Live Course Topic
  • Legal Assistance - Live Course Topic
  • Government Benefits & The Veterans Administration - Live Course Topic
  • Home Health Care Agencies - Live Course Topic
  • Choosing a Facility
  • Hospice, The Compassionate Choice
  • Outside Resources: Asking for Help
  • What to Do Afterwards: Funeral Arrangements and Beyond
  • Taking Care of Yourself
  • Endnotes and Resources