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Caring for yourself while caring for others : training for homecare workers

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    Caring for Yourself While Caring for Others is a free and active curriculum to assist trainers in meeting the health and safety training needs for homecare workers and to enhance communication between homecare workers and their clients. The activities in this curriculum are designed to encourage participants in promoting safe and healthy work environments - for their clients and for themselves. Objective: Through this training, homecare workers learn to recognize hazards commonly encountered in homecare workplaces and apply practical solutions to manage risks and improve safety. Materials Overview: The Homecare Workers' Handbook Adobe PDF file is an easy-to-read overview of some of the topics covered in this course as well as topics that are not covered. It is a useful resource that contains practical tips for homecare worker safety. A copy of the Handbook should be provided to all participants. The seven modules in this curriculum are designed to be flexible - use as a course or a supplement to existing training.

    Visit to access the curriculum, including video vignettes embedded into many of the slide presentations. Accessing the slide presentations electronically will also provide trainers with the opportunity to add contact information or other references. To access individual training modules and the supplementary Homecare Workers’ Handbook, please click on the hyperlinks listed below.

    1. Trainer's guides with preparation tips, suggested materials, a lesson plan, and detailed delivery instruction for each activity; 2. Slide presentations to highlight key training points; and 3. Participant handouts with tips, references, activity instructions, and worksheets. Modules: Module 1: An Introduction to Homecare Health and Safety; Module 2: Tips for Reducing Strains, Sprains, and Falls While Doing Housekeeping and Caring for Clients; Module 3: Tips for Reducing Risks from Environmental Exposures When Providing Homecare; Module 4: Tips for Reducing Exposure to Bloodborne and Other Infectious Diseases; Module 5: Tips for Staying Safe When Working with Clients with Dementia; Module 6: Tips for Setting Healthy and Safe Boundaries to Reduce Stress; Module 7: Tips for Safely Handling Threatening Behavior When Providing Homecare.

    NIOSHTIC no. 20045410

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