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A caregiver needs to have support and on occasion, some help for themselves to help prevent mental health issues like depression. This is very important for family members who take the role as dementia caregivers.  Caregiver support is available from several different sources, one of which is their local Caregiver Program.  The programs are often affiliated with caregiver services, funded by the federal government and supported through state and county social service agencies.  Agencies for aging and disability provide a great deal of caregiver support and additionally may provide relief and respite to caregivers for seniors or for those with disabilities (such as autism).

Government caregiver programs may be called upon to help children or the elderly, or to assist parents of children with disabilities in the areas of education and awareness.  Often they fund outside agencies providing caregiver education.  It is not uncommon for these agencies to offer a caregiver course using video’s as an integral part of the training.  Many of the agencies have come to us for their caregiver products and resources. 

For over two and a half decades, Program Development Associates has been assisting professionals who serve and assist people with disabilities, advocates and caregivers.  PDA's caregiver training offers a large selection of products that professional caregivers, personal assistants and college level instructors have relied on for their educational and training needs.

Learn to recruit, train and maintain personal assistants and other non-medical home caregivers.

A complete training program for new and experienced caregivers.

Teaches cultural awareness and competence, both individually and within health care organizations.

Defines elder abuse and the different forms of abuse: Physical, sexual, emotional or psychological, financial neglect or abandonment.

Learn to make the experience more pleasant for you and the person confined to bed.

Learn what is likely to cause a fire and how to prevent one and what you can do to save lives in the event of a fire.

Describes HIPAA guidelines and teaches home care providers about the importance of maintaining confidentiality in a variety of settings.

Explores the challenging and deeply satisfying work of the home health aide and the personal care assistant.

Teaches unlicensed home care personnel how to assist with medications and remain within their scope of practice.

Teaches the importance of communication, symptoms of hearing loss, the role of the audiologist, and provides information about hearing aids and other assistive listening devices.

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