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Course Outline

Module 1: ORIENTATION & SAFETY 5 HR
Module 2: CORE BASIC TRAINING 40 HR
Module 3: (POPULATION SPECIFIC TRAINING)
Module 4: MENTAL HEALTH 4 HR
Module 5: DEMENTIA CARE SPECIALTY 6HR
Module 6: YOUNG ADULTS WITH PHYSICAL DISABILITIES 3 HR
Module 7: CHALLENGING BEHAVIORS 3 HR
Module 8: HOME CARE AIDE SKILLS CHECKLIST 14 HR

ORIENTATION & SAFETY – 5 Hours
TWO/2HR/3HR SESSIONS

Orientation course topics: introduction to care planning and care setting, client rights, team work, documentation and reporting; mandatory reporting, job responsibilities, care planning, basic communication methods and techniques. 2HR SESSION

Safety course topics: accident prevention, body mechanics, fall prevention; emergency, disaster and evacuation preparedness, worker safety: proper body mechanics, hand washing and gloves techniques; infection control and standard precaution. 3HR SESSION.NOTE: COMBINED 5/HR CEU Fee $35.

CORE BASIC TRAINING – 40 HOURS
TEN/2HR SESSIONS

The following modules are designed to provide you with the basic core knowledge and clinical training to become a certified home care aide:

  • Working as a personal care attendant
  • Introduction to home care
  • Ethical and legal behavior
  • Communication skills
  • Caring for the elderly and disabled
  • Observation, reporting and documentation
  • HIPAA in home care
  • Cultural competence
  • Infection control and blood borne pathogens
  • Moving and positioning someone in bed
  • Active range of motion exercises
  • How to recognize and prevent pressure ulcers
  • Proper body mechanics for the caregiver and care recipient
  • Personal care (grooming, hygiene, etc)
  • Tub baths and showers
  • Vital signs/Oxygen therapy
  • Assisting with medications
  • Fall prevention
  • Fire safety
  • Safe wheelchair use
  • Nutrition
  • Urinary and fecal incontinence/Urinary catheters
  • Elder abuse and neglect
  • Reducing personal stress
  • Medical emergencies and emergency preparedness
  • Specific diseases, including early to mid and mid to late stage Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke and aphasia, depression, Parkinson’s, ALS, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury.

POPULATION SPECIFIC TRAINING
MENTAL HEALTH – 4 HOURS

Mental Health Care Specialty Course presents an extensive overview of mental disorders focusing on the four most common mental disorders, understanding major mental disorders and basic medication instructions. As a caregiver, the home care aide explore the provision of cultural sensitive care by valuing individual background, experiences and beliefs.

Mental Health Care Course presents an extensive overview of mental disorders focusing on the four most common mental disorders, understanding major mental disorders and basic medication instructions. As a caregiver, the home care aide explore the provision of cultural sensitive care by valuing individual background, experiences and beliefs.

In a four week period the class will explore the four common mental health disorders and developing an understanding major mental disorders: depression, bipolar, schizophrenia and anxiety. As the home care aide you will develop skills to allow you to describe main symptoms of major mood and thought disorders, and treatment options prescribed by the physician. You will learn outcomes, identify common myths and misinformation about aging, common myths and misinformation about mental illnesses, and differentiate between myths about aging and symptoms of mental illness. Increase the home care aide’s ability to intervene early in aggressive behavior and resolve underlying issues increases stability and safety of a client and improves mental health for all.

Look at carefully the provision of culturally sensitive care, and the utilization of respectful and non-judgmental communication skills. As a home care aide, you will be trained how to utilize methods and tools to handle challenging behaviors. The training you receive will involve identifying de-compensation and relapses in your patient. Learn de-escalation “do’s” and “don’ts” as they relate to working with a resident expressing aggressive behavior.

You will be instructed on crisis suicide intervention. Suicidal thinking and behaviors are a regular occurrence, and caregivers need to know appropriate ways to respond to maintain safety and support the resident’s rights.

DEMENTIA CARE SPECIALTY – 6 HOURS
THREE/2HR SESSIONS

Dementia Care Specialty Course – Washington State developed the curriculum for this module. This is a mandated education component for caregivers, and health care practitioners providing care to an individual with dementia, and living in Boarding Homes and Adult Family Homes.
Dementia is one of the four most common mental disorders in the elderly population. In an effort to ensure better managing of patients inflicted with this order, this in depth training is designed to provide methods and tools to support the home care aide and addresses the challenges of managing aggressive and violet behaviors.

The module explores how dementia may impede communication between the patient and caregiver. As the home care aide candidate, you will be trained how to effectively assist the dementia client with activities of daily living (ADLs), and ways to establish meaningful interaction, as well as how to differentiate between hallucinations and delusional episodes. You will gain comprehensive knowledge of the effects dementia the patient, as well as the caregiver.

YOUNG ADULTS WITH PHYSICAL DISABILITIES – 3 HOURS SESSIONS
This module is intended to raise your awareness of the detrimental effects of stereotyping, what defines a disability, and the use of people first language. As a student, you will be taught how traumatic brain injury (TBI) is different from other types of brain disease, as well as new hope for survivors of TBI and their families. The instructor will provide basic knowledge of several of the more common physical disabilities that you may come across in your career, and the necessity of giving individualized care. At the completion of this module, you will have a greater understanding of the complexities of sexuality of the disabled client.

CHALLENGING BEHAVIORS – 3 HOURS SESSIONS
The instructor will take you on a journey through challenging behaviors of the adult and child client. As a student you will be taught basic strategies and techniques for caring for clients with mental health issues. There will be classroom exercises on effective communication with challenging behaviors, and how to evaluate and implement a child’s PBS plan.

HOME CARE AIDE SKILLS CHECKLIST 14 HR
All required clinical skills are performed in the school lab. Students can also utilized our skill video lab for independent study and practice seven days a week.

CNA & CORE BASIC TRAINING CERTIFICATE EARNED IN 3 TO 4 WEEKS! TUITION

$400 to $550

OUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Lowest fees in the area
  • Internet Available for all Students
  • Reserved safe free parking space for all students
  • Free Tutoring Service
  • State of the Art Classroom
  • Employment Placement Opportunity

WHY CHOOSE AMERICAN HEALTHCARE CNA SCHOOL?

Registration for courses is simple and can be done online, by mail or by fax. Fees are competitive and students have a choice of attending days, evenings or weekend classes. READ MORE

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • What is the application process for the Core Basic & Adult Family Home Program?
  • What is the home care aide selection process?
  • What is the role of the home care aide?
  • What to expect on the Washington State Home Care Aide Certification test?
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