ERIC Number: ED359481
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
R. I. Caregivers. Caring: A Training Program for Family Caregivers.
Rhode Island State Dept. of Elderly Affairs, Providence.
This document presents a training manual to help caregivers who provide care to older family members and friends at home. The program, which offers a practical approach to caregiving and a realistic view of the aging process, is intended to clarify the problems confronting caregivers of older people, serve as a basic source manual for training current and future caregivers of older people, and provide resource information that can be continually changed and updated to meet the needs of caregivers throughout Rhode Island. Designed to be used as part of a group teaching format, this manual is divided into five parts which can be presented in five 4-hour sessions. Included is the basic information needed to conduct each session, as well as group exercises and questions for discussion. Part I provides an introduction to aging and caregiving. Part II focuses on communication. Part III looks at the emotional and psychological aspects of aging and caring, including reactions to change and loss, and talking about death. Part IV discusses physical and medical concerns, normal aging, how an older person should be evaluated, functional abilities, and common medical problems (memory loss/confusion, falls, incontinence, and managing medications). Part V suggests techniques for coping with caregiving. A personal care guide and a variety of handouts for caregivers are appended. (NB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration on Aging (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Rhode Island State Dept. of Elderly Affairs, Providence.
Identifiers - Location: Rhode Island