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    Hours: 720
    Duration: 12 months

    Language: English

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    Program Description

    The activity director program is designed for individuals interested in pursuing a career in senior care and the existing employees at senior nursing homes. This multi-media rich course will prepare you to take on the role of the activity director. This program introduces the students to: • Gerontology in a way that allows you to understand how to work with seniors. • An empathetic approach to the lives of older people. • The complex issues of social gerontology and aging by using a life course perspective that views aging as an unfolding and dynamic process. • The conceptual and practical focus that will enable you to understand the aging process • Connections between social definitions of age and the perspectives of seniors. During this course, you’ll learn how to: • Comprehend the role of the activity professional in adult care • Identify methods for person-centered activity programming • Identify the steps to assess, document, and prepare treatment plans • Define methods for quality assurance and time management • Identify the steps in planning and implementing a successful exercise program After completing the activity director training program, you’ll have all the necessary skills to qualify as an activity professional or a home health aide in long-term care facilities, assisted living communities, and adult day care programs.

    Learning Objectives

    After completing this course, you should be able to: • Recall the characteristics of today’s population aged 65 and older • Define concepts and theories to understand the aging process • Differentiate between the major theories of biological aging and patterns of illnesses in later life • Recognize how family variations and relationships support social functioning • Identify the effects of current technological and medical breakthroughs for older people • List the principles of advocacy in the healthcare setting • Recall methods for assisting with the financing of healthcare • Define consumers’ ethical rights and cultural competency • Recognize methods for advocating preventive healthcare • Name the principles of policy advocacy • List the skills and qualities of the home health aide • Recognize resources in the community that assist the client at home • Identify strategies for infection control, disease prevention, and safety precautions in the home • Define the important parts of each body system and their functions • Recall methods for assisting clients with special needs

    Courses Included

    • Home Health Aide
    • Patient Advocacy
    • Aging & Society


    Aging & Society Aging & Society Module 1 The Growth of Social Gerontology • The Field of Gerontology • How is Aging Defined? • Person-Environment Perspective • Growth of the Older Population • Population Trends • Longevity in Health or Disease • Global Trends in Aging • Older Adults’ Roles in Traditional Societies Aging & Society Module 2 Social Consequences of Physical Aging • Biological Theories on Aging • Can Aging Be Reversed or Delayed? • Research on Physiological Changes with Age • Changes in Sensory Functions • Implications for the Future Aging & Society Module 3 Managing Chronic Diseases and Cognitive Changes • Defining Health • Acute and Chronic Diseases • Heart Disease • Arthritis and Osteoporosis • Medication Use and Misuse • Intelligence and Aging • Process of Learning and Memory • Recall and Recognition • Enhancing Cognitive Abilities in Old Age • Wisdom and Creativity Aging & Society Module 4 Mental Health and Intimacy • Stage Theories of Personality • Trait Theories of Personality • Self-Concept and Self-Esteem • Successful Aging • Mental Disorders Among Older Persons • Use of Mental Health Services • Attitudes and Beliefs About Sexuality in Later Life • Women and Men Physiological Changes Aging & Society Module 5 Social Theories of Aging • Social Gerontological Theory Before 1961 • The First Transformation of Theory • Disengagement Theory • Gerotranscendence Theory • Continuity Theory • Alternative Theoretical Perspectives • The Second Transformation of Theory Aging & Society Module 6 Social Supports and Informal Caregiving • Older People Living Alone • Childless Older Adults • Sibling Relationships • Intergenerational Relationships • Who Are Informal Caregivers? • Trends Affecting Caregiving • The Costs of Informal Care • Supportive Services for Family Caregivers • Elder Mistreatment Aging & Society Module 7 Social Interactions and Technology • Person-Environment Theories of Aging • Rural, Urban, and Suburban Areas • Relocation • Housing Patterns of Older People • Planned Housing • Technology and Older Adults • Smart Homes • Lifelong Learning and Distance Education • Health Information and Self-Monitoring • Brain Games Aging & Society Module 8 Productive Aging • What is Productive Aging? • Retirement • Employment Status • Sources of Income and Economic Status • Patterns and Functions of Nonpaid Roles and Activities • Civic Engagement • Volunteerism • Political Participation Aging & Society Module 9 Death, Dying, Bereavement • The Changing Context of Dying • The Dying Process • End-of-Life Care • The Right to Die • Bereavement, Grief, and Mourning Rituals • Widowhood • Perspectives on Race, Ethnicity, and Culture • Resilience of Elders of Color Aging & Society Module 10 Social Policies to Address Social Problems • Rationale for a Focus on Older Women’s Needs • Older Women’s Economic Status • Older Women’s Health and Social Status • The Aging Body • Factors Affecting the Development of Public Policies • Social Security and Supplemental Security Income • Federally Funded Social Services Aging & Society Module 11 Health and Long-Term Care • Health Care Costs in the United States • Medicare • Medicaid • Benefits of the Affordable Care Act for Older Adults • Long-Term Care Services • The Federal Commission on Long-Term Care 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



    There are no specific prerequisites for this program.


    • Mosby's Textbook for the Home Care Aide
    • Long Term Care for Activity Professionals and Recreational Therapists

    Technical Requirements

    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)



    • 100% Online, Self-Paced • Open Enrollment • Admissions and Student Support • Multimedia Rich and Interactive Content • Industry Certification Exam, when applicable • Hands-on Opportunity Upon Completion

    Career Services

    Students that successfully complete our career training are given a full years access to our modern day career services. With our career services, students are provided a multitude of career development tools to help launch their career quickly and successfully. These tools include:

    • Certification Exam Voucher and Registration Assistance (If Applicable)
    • Resume Building Assistance
    • Externship or Shadowing Placement
    • Career Coaching
    • Employer Skills Matching
    • And More!

    We are dedicated to serving our students on their unique career development journey. Whether you are transitioning to a new career, entering the workforce for the first time, or an experienced professional looking to climb the corporate ladder, our career services team can provide you with professional development tools applicable for any stage of your career.

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