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    Activity Director

    Activity Directors plan, implement, and evaluate activities for nursing home residents. They design programs to encourage socialization, provide entertainment, relaxation, and fulfillment, and improve daily living skills. There are many types of facilities where Activity Directors work. Activity Directors can work in long-term care facilities, assisted living communities or adult day care programs. This training program introduces you to gerontology in a compassionate way that helps you understand seniors and know how to work with them. This program combines sound academics with an empathetic view of the lives of older people.

    Program Name

    Activity Director

    Program Code

    WE-HF-74121

    Website Short Description

    Activity Directors plan, implement, and evaluate activities for nursing home residents. They design programs to encourage socialization, provide entertainment, relaxation, and fulfillment, and improve daily living skills. There are many types of facilities where Activity Directors work. Activity Directors can work in long-term care facilities, assisted living communities or adult day care programs. This training program introduces you to gerontology in a compassionate way that helps you understand seniors and know how to work with them. This program combines sound academics with an empathetic view of the lives of older people. Our program will help students understand the complex issues of social gerontology and aging by using a life course perspective that views aging as an unfolding and dynamic process. We will combine a conceptual/theoretical and practical focus that will enable students both to understand the aging process and to make connections between social definitions of age and their own present and future lives. In this program, students will learn the skills of a home health aide to allow for a better understanding of the environment in long-term care facilities, assisted living communities, and adult day care programs.

    Duration

    12 months

    Hours

    720

    Language

    English

    Prerequisites

    There are no specific prerequisites for this program.

    Outline

    Activity Professional
    Lesson 1: The Long-Term Care Environment
    Lesson 2: Physiology, Psychology, and Sociology of Aging
    Lesson 3: Memory Care
    Lesson 4: Infection Control in a Residential Environment
    Lesson 5: Homemaking and Safety in the Residential Environment
    Lesson 6: Planning, Purchasing and Serving Food
    Lesson 7: Basic Personal Care
    Lesson 8: Preventing Fluid Overload and Dehydration
    Lesson 9: Warm and Cold Applications
    Lesson 10: Activities and Programs for Assisted Living
    Lesson 11: Care of Individuals with Special Needs
    Lesson 12: Care of the Dying
    Lesson 13: Rehabilitation and Return to Self-Care
    Lesson 14: Special Procedures for Residential Care
    Lesson 15: Care of the Surgical Patient

    Patient Advocacy Module 1 - Advocacy in the U.S. Health System
    •Advocacy From Outside the Health System
    •Advocacy as an Underground Activity
    •Advocacy as an Ethical Imperative
    •Seven Common Problems for Healthcare Consumers
    •The Poor Law Tradition
    •Emphasis on Technology
    •Lack of Diversity in Medical Personnel
    •Medical Silos and Insular Care
    •From History to Case and Policy Advocacy
    •Case-Advocacy Interventions
    •Eight Case-Advocacy Tasks
    •Case Advocacy for a Very Sick Child

    Patient Advocacy Module 2 - Case Advocacy Skills
    •Reading the Advocacy Context
    •Case-Advocacy Triage
    •Allocating Case-Advocacy Services
    •Diagnosing Task
    •Strategizing Task
    •Implementing Task
    •Assessing Task
    •Progression Task
    •Nature of Influence
    •Empowering Consumers
    •Promoting Ethical Conduct
    •Ethical Reasoning

    Patient Advocacy Module 3 - Quality of Care and Cultural Competence
    •Defining “Quality Healthcare”
    •Criticisms of U.S. Healthcare in Addressing Illness
    •Policy as it Pertains to Quality of Care
    •Scenarios Encountered by Consumers
    •From Case Advocacy to Policy Advocacy
    •Conceptualizing Cultural Competency
    •What it Means to Be Culturally Competent
    •The Case for Providing Culturally Competent Services
    •Policy and Regulatory Thicket
    •Policy Advocacy to Promote Cultural Competence
    •From Case Advocacy Scenarios to Broader Policy Issues

    Patient Advocacy Module 4 - Health Prevention and Financing
    •Defining Prevention
    •Threats to Health
    •Prevention Goals and Strategies
    •Barriers to Prevention
    •Why U.S. Consumers Particularly Need Prevention
    •From Case Advocacy to Policy Advocacy
    •Helping Consumers Finance Their Healthcare
    •Buck-Passing
    •Seniors’ Angst
    •Medical Wheel of Fortune
    •Ripple Effects of Health Costs and Coverage
    •Protecting Consumers With Respect to Health Coverage

    Patient Advocacy Module 5 - Mental Health and Community-Based Care
    •Mental Distress Often Experienced by Consumers
    •Who Attends Consumers’ Mental Health Needs
    •Why Consumers Turn to Health Settings
    •Liabilities in the Policy and Regulatory Thicket
    •Scenarios Encountered by Case Advocates
    •Helping Consumers Receive Community-Based Care
    •Consumer’s Health Ecosystems
    •Community-Based Health Services
    •Fifteen Case Advocacy Scenarios
    •Assets and Liabilities

    Patient Advocacy Module 6 - Policy Advocacy
    •Importance of Policy Advocacy
    •Policy Advocacy Framework
    •Surmounting Fatalism, Controversy, and Vested Interests
    •Policy Advocacy in Four Settings
    •What Advocates Seek to Change
    •Using Policy to Embed Advocacy in Health Organizations
    •Health Advocacy in Communities
    •Policy Advocacy in Electoral Settings
    •Policy Advocacy in Legislative and Regulatory Settings
    •Advocating for Regulatory Changes
    •Establishing a Policy Agenda in Specific Health Settings

    Home Health Aide Module 1 - Orientation to Home Care Part 1
    •Learning About Home Care
    •Suggestions for Success
    •Evaluation and Certification
    •The Home Care Industry
    •The Home Care Team
    •Developing Effective Communication Skills
    •Communicating with Your Client and Family Members
    •Understanding Your Client’s Needs
    •Helping Clients to Meet Their Needs
    •Stages of Normal Growth and Development

    Home Health Aide Module 2 - Orientation to Home Care Part 2
    •Understanding How the Body Works
    •Organization of the Human Body
    •Observing the Client
    •Observing the Pain
    •Reporting to the Agency
    •Incident Reports
    •Working With Ill and Disabled Clients
    •Effects of Illness on the Family
    •Reactions of the Client to Illness
    •Medical Terminology

    Home Health Aide Module 3 - Managing the Home Environment
    •Becoming Safety Conscious
    •Special Safety Considerations
    •Household Emergency Measures and Procedures
    •Developing a Work Plan
    •Cleaning Equipment and Supplies
    •Controlling Household Pets
    •Teaching Others
    •Measuring Food Energy
    •MyPlate Food Guide
    •Special Situations

    Home Health Aide Module 4 - Preventing Infection and Body Mechanics
    •Microorganisms
    •The Cycle of Infection
    •Preventing the Spread of Disease
    •Protecting Against Bloodborne Diseases
    •Sterilization and Disinfection
    •Using Good Body Mechanics
    •The Client in Bed
    •Helping the Client to Be Mobile
    •Using Assistive Devices
    •Infection Control

    Home Health Aide Module 5 - Bedmaking, Personal Care and Elimination
    •Types of Beds
    •Oral Hygiene
    •Bathing
    •Grooming
    •Range-of-Motion Exercises
    •Urinary Elimination
    •Bowel Elimination
    •Urinary and Bowel Elimination Problems
    •Caring for the Client
    •Standard Precautions and Medical Asepsis

    Home Health Aide Module 6 - Home Care Procedures
    •Urine and Stool Specimens
    •Sputum Specimens
    •Assisting Clients to Self-Monitor Blood Sugar Levels
    •Temperature and Pulse
    •Respirations and Measuring Blood Pressure
    •Medications
    •Oxygen Therapy
    •Intravenous Infusions
    •Dry Dressings
    •Promoting Circulation

    Home Health Aide Module 7 - Caring for Older Adults, Mothers, Infants, and Children
    •Facts About Older Adults
    •Adjusting to Growing Older
    •Safety and the Older Adult
    •Who Are the Caregivers
    •Elder Neglect and Abuse
    •The Postpartum Period
    •The Baby Blues
    •Caring for Infants
    •Working with Children
    •Discipline Versus Punishment

    Home Health Aide Module 8 - Clients with Mental Illness and Those Requiring Home Care
    •Mental Health
    •Mental Illness Treatment and Care
    •Substance Abuse
    •Infection Control
    •Home Health Aide Role
    •Cardiovascular Disease
    •Cancer
    •Cerebrovascular Accident
    •Alzheimer’s Disease
    •The Postoperative Client

    Home Health Aide Module 9 - Caring for the Client at the End of Life, Emergencies & Employment
    •Emotional Reactions to Death and Dying
    •Advance Directives and Hospice
    •Caring for the Dying Client
    •Preparing for Emergencies
    •Guidelines for Handling Emergencies
    •Locating Job Openings
    •Electronic Job Seeking
    •Certification
    •Supervision and Evaluation
    •Deciding to Leave Your Job

    Audience

    The intended audience for this program is individuals that are seeking to enhance their skills or find employment as an Activity Director, Activity Professional, or Home Health Aide.

    Instructor Description

    This class supported by an Educational Mentor. Educational mentors have worked or are working in the subject they mentor. Educational Mentors reviews student work, student progress, and interacts with students as needed. They respond to any questions or concerns you might have, as well as encouraging and motivating you to succeed.

    Required Materials

    All required reference materials are provided with this program. Technical requirements:

    Internet Connection
    • Broadband or High-Speed (DSL, Cable, Wireless)
    Hardware Requirements
    • Processor - 2GHz Processor or Higher
    • Memory - 1 GB RAM Minimum Recommended

    Software Requirements
    • Operating Systems - Windows 7, 8 or 10; Mac OS x 10 or higher
    • Internet Browsers - Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)

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