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Eldercare

The Eldercare Certificate is for individuals interested in being caregivers for the elderly or those looking to work in senior care situations including Home Health Care, Assisted Living, or Adult Foster Care Homes. In addition to providing skills to help the elderly, this certificate can help caregivers of those who are disabled, chronically ill, or cognitively impaired. Students will learn about the medical and social needs of elders, as well as nutritional needs, personal care, cleaning, and infection control. Upon completion of this course, students will be prepared to begin working with home health care clients in their homes or assist in other caregiver settings. These courses are also helpful for family caregivers.

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Basic Certificate Information:

  • Provides approximately 20 hours of training from industry professionals.
  • Costs less than $400 to complete the certificate.
  • Prepares you for a career as a home health aide, hospice aide, basic caregiver, universal worker, and more.
  • Connects those seeking employment with area employers.
  • Great for family caregivers too!

Eldercare Careers Information Session

Attend a free online information session on working in Eldercare. Hear from area employers about one of the most rewarding entry-level careers available in northern Michigan.

Eldercare: Basic Caregiving Skills

Learn the specific physical care responsibilities of caregiving in this beginners’ course. Master proper body mechanics preventing injury to the patient and the caregiver. Learn about infection control, emergency care, and when to consult a medical professional. Also covered is basic hygiene, feeding, and the basic equipment used in home health care. This class qualifies for the Eldercare certificate and is also helpful for family caregivers.

Eldercare: Meeting the Social Needs of Seniors

Keeping seniors social is important to maintaining their physical and mental health. Hear from Senior Advocate April Missias on how to meet the social and companionship needs of our elders. Learn tips on activities to keep their mind sharp and their bodies moving. This class qualifies for the Eldercare certificate and is also helpful for family caregivers.

Eldercare: Meal Prep & Planning for Caregivers

Older adults have specific nutritional and caloric needs. Learn how to prep simple meals and snacks to ensure a healthy diet. This class will cover safe food handling, meal planning and shopping, as well as the warning signs and prevention of malnutrition. This class qualifies for the Eldercare certificate and is also helpful for family caregivers.

Eldercare: Dementia & Memory Care Basics

Learn the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s, the stages of dementia, risk factors and more. Discover communication strategies to help you decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia. This course will help you better understand and respond to the behaviors associated with dementia. This class qualifies for the Eldercare certificate and is also helpful for family caregivers.

Eldercare: Legal and ethical issues in Eldercare

Elder abuse is a serious issue in this country. Learn about the laws that protect our elders, legal terms related to eldercare and protecting a person’s health information. Participants will discuss how to handle ethical dilemmas commonly faced by caregivers, including end-of-life care, care of those with dementia, the right to refuse treatment, and disclosing information to family members. This class qualifies for the Eldercare certificate and is also helpful for family caregivers.

Eldercare: Family Dynamics and Crisis Prevention Intervention

Family members often disagree about how best to care for a loved one. When these concerns are not properly addressed, it can be hard for family members to make informed decisions. Learn how to navigate family dynamics and hopefully prevent a crisis before it happens. This class qualifies for the Eldercare certificate and is also helpful for family caregivers.

Eldercare: Basic Lifesaving Skills

Provides basic life support training, certification, and re-certification for students in the healthcare field who will need these skills in clinical practice. Students will take an online class through the American Heart Association (AHA), complete the post test, and print the certificate. Once the post test is successfully completed, students will sign up for a lab time to complete a practical exam to demonstrate the skills they learned. The certificate will be required to take the practical exam. This class qualifies for the Eldercare certificate and is also helpful for family caregivers.

Eldercare: Entering the Eldercare Workforce

Dust off your resume and attend this workshop for those looking to enter the Eldercare workforce. Local employers will give you resume tips, conduct mock interviews, and explain the hiring process. Free to students who have completed the Eldercare Certificate and NMC students looking for employment in healthcare while attending college.

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NOTE: To gain employment in healthcare, most employers require a background check and routine drug test.

Images courtesy of Monarch Home Health/Michael Poehlman Photography