As some people take on the challenging journey of caregiving for loved ones with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, the question of proper training often arises. This guide provides insights into what caregivers need to know and where to access valuable training resources.
Whether you are a caregiver with limited experience or someone well into the caregiving process, seeking advice from professionals is a common occurrence. Understanding the complexities involved becomes important, especially for those unfamiliar with caregiving responsibilities and even for seasoned caregivers who realize the depth of the challenges they face.
Regardless of your caregiving experience, pursuing additional education and training is a wise decision. Given the distinctive nature of Alzheimer’s and related dementias, specialized knowledge and training, including techniques for assisting with daily activities such as feeding, bathing, and dressing, can significantly prepare caregivers for the multifaceted challenges posed by these diseases.
Building a Solid Foundation in Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care
Initiating your caregiving journey begins with establishing a fundamental understanding of Alzheimer’s and related dementias. This foundational knowledge forms the basis for effective caregiving. Start by learning more about the following:
1. Stages of Alzheimer's disease, including signs and symptoms of each stage.
2. Challenging behaviors associated with dementia and Alzheimer's.
3. Self-care practices for caregivers.
Where to Seek Guidance on Caregiving Questions
Your loved one's doctor is a vital ally in your caregiving journey. As the primary medical professional overseeing their Alzheimer’s or dementia, they can provide insights into the illness and guide you through specific challenges you are facing or can expect to face.
Independent study is another avenue for acquiring knowledge. Engage in self-directed learning by reading books, researching online information, and connecting with local resources such as caregiver support groups and online communities, each contributing to your education and support as an Alzheimer’s and dementia caregiver.
Online Caregiver Training
The internet offers a wealth of information, making online caregiving education easily accessible. Reputable online resources include:
Local and Community Support
Local resources are invaluable. These agencies can be found with a simple Google Search and can provide information on the local public and private resources, as well as available caregiver training.
Find more information about support in your area here.
Connecting with local resources also opens doors to work with and support other fellow caregivers. Learning from one another creates a support system, making the caregiving journey more manageable.
Developing Essential Caregiving Skills
While understanding Alzheimer’s and dementia is fundamental, practicing the skills needed in daily caregiving enhances your competence. Resources for caregiver training include:
Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center (National Institute on Aging)
This caregiving agency offers free resources and training for family caregivers.
Knowledge, Skills, and Training
Alzheimer’s and dementia research constantly evolves, introducing new information and training opportunities. To stay informed, subscribe to newsletters from reputable online sources, such as those mentioned above and BSHCare.com, ensuring your knowledge, skills, and training remain current and relevant.