Free Online Family Caregiver Courses & Training

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1. Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA): Caregiver College video series

The FCA’s Caregiver College video series is made up of short, easy-to-understand practical tips, such as how to help move an elderly person with limited mobility.

Through its National Center on Caregiving, the FCA offers access to more than 40 free recorded webinars for caregivers about a wide variety of topic, plus weekly online events and activities for caregivers and their loved ones. Their resources are also available in Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.

You can sign up on CareNav to access all of the FCA’s free resources.

2. mmLearn.org’s training video library

Initially created to provide caregiver training for professional caregivers, mmLearn.org has a library of over 300 training videos that are now available to anyone.

These videos offer practical advice on how to help care for seniors, featuring topics such as nutrition, household safety, depression, memory loss, and common medical conditions in the elderly. They also include informational videos from elder law attorneys, physicians, therapists, and other professionals.

mmLearn.org’s training video library features hundreds of videos covering nutrition, household safety, memory loss, and much more.

3. Caregiver Action Network’s video resources

The Caregiver Video Resourse Center from the Caregiver Action Network covers common and rare diseases in the elderly, including Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, COPD, and tardive dyskinesia.

While they’re not practical training courses, these videos feature family members and other caregivers discussing their experience caring for a loved one with the conditions listed above.

4. Caregiving courses from Alison

Alison is an online learning platform with courses in caregiving and aging.

The Caregiving Skills – Dementia Care course includes information about the different kinds of dementia, how to recognize symptoms, and how to care effectively for a loved one with dementia. Another excellent course is How to Take a Person-Centered Approach to Adult Care.

These free courses include a certificate at the end, but if you’re wanting to become a professional caregiver, make sure your future employers accept a certificate from Alison before continuing. If you’re a family member who wants to learn more about aging and caregiving, Alison’s free certificate courses are a great way to learn some skills at your own pace.

 

5. CareAcademy’s Essential Skills for Family Caregivers on Udemy

Available on Udemy, CareAcademy’s Essential Skills for Family Caregivers is a 30-minute series of short videos that cover basic caregiving skills, like handwashing, getting a loved one in and out of bed, and how to help with mealtime. Like all the courses on this list, it’s free.

Essential Skills for Family Caregivers is a short, to-the-point course with practical daily skills for the family caregiver.

When to look for senior living

Being a senior caregiver is hard work. According to A Place for Mom’s 2023 Caregiver Survey, which looked at data from over 1,000 senior caregivers, 96% of caregivers feel overwhelmed or burned out from their caregiving duties.[01]

While learning practical skills can help, there will be a time when your loved one needs more help than you can give. Assisted livingmemory care, and skilled nursing facilities provide professional, specialized care for your loved one.

If you need help deciding when it’s time for assisted living or other senior living options, reach out to A Place for Mom’s Senior Living Advisors. They’ll give you expert advice at no cost to you or your family.

This article originally appeared on APlaceForMom and was syndicated by MediaFeed.

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