Caring in the Community: A training manual for home and community workers: A training manual for home and community workers : 9781442534179

Caring in the Community: A training manual for home and community workers: A training manual for home and community workers

Croft, Helen
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Pearson Australia
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Personal carers in Australia’s community care environment offer crucial daily support to the frail aged, to those with a disability and to primary carers. Caring in the Community provides a solid, practical introduction to the role and responsibilities for workers caring for clients in their own homes.
Table of contents
  • How to use this book
  • Preface
  • Part 1 Caring in the community
  • Chapter 1 Australia’s home and community care environment
  • Chapter 2 The HACC carer and the care team
  • Chapter 3 Supporting the primary carer
  • Chapter 4 Clients with a disability in the HACC environment
  • Chapter 5 Dealing with social isolation
  • Part 2 Actioning care routines
  • Chapter 6 Communicating with clients
  • Chapter 7 Care routines supporting physiological and psychological changes associated with ageing
  • Chapter 8 Care routines supporting activities of daily living
  • Chapter 9 Assisting with self-medication
  • Chapter 10 Supporting cultural, spiritual and sexual needs
  • Part 3 Ensuring workplace health and safety
  • Chapter 11 Working safely as a HACC carer
  • Chapter 12 Major OHS priorities – fire safety, manual handling and infection control
  • Chapter 13 Safe food handling
  • Part 4 Ensuring service quality
  • Chapter 14 Quality and organisational communication in HACC
  • Chapter 15 Advocacy
  • Part 5 Supporting special care needs
  • Chapter 16 Caring for clients from culturally diverse backgrounds, including Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders
  • Chapter 17 Caring for clients with dementia – Part 1
  • Chapter 18 Caring for clients with dementia – Part 2
  • Chapter 19 Providing palliative care
  • Glossary
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Photo credits

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Features & benefits
  • Written in a clear, easy to read style 
  • Numerous colour illustrations and photographs demonstrate concepts in the text 
  • Case studies put the theory into practice 
  • Activities allow students to consolidate what they have learnt in the text
  • Caring in Action boxes also provide a glimpse into a ‘day in the life’ of workers in home and community care.
Author biography
Helen Croft is an experienced educator, having worked both in TAFE and community colleges, as well as performing numerous consulting roles to major industry and government clients. She has developed training materials to support aged care traineeships and the Certificate III in Aged Care, as well as training programs for health industry managers, enrolled nurses and phlebotomists in the Queensland and NSW health industries. She is currently undertaking PhD studies on spirituality and ageing.
Target audience

Core Units
CHCAC318A    Work effectively with older people
CHCAC319A    Provide support to people living with dementia
CHCCS411A    Work effectively in the community sector
CHCDIS301A   Work effectively with people with a disability
CHCHC311A   Work effectively in home and community care
CHCICS301A   Provide support to meet personal care needs
CHCICS302A   Participate in the implementation of individualised plans
CHCICS304A   Work effectively with carers
CHCOHS312A Follow safety procedures for direct care work

Elective Units
CHCAC317A   Support the older person to maintain their independence
CHCAD401D   Advocate for clients
CHCCS305A   Assist clients with medication
CHCCS311C  Deliver and monitor services to clients
CHCCS400A   Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework
CHCICS303A  Support individual health and emotional well being
CHCPA301B   Deliver care services using a palliative approach
HLTAP301A     Recognise healthy body systems in a health care context
HLTHIR403B   Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers
HLTHIR404B   Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
HLTIN301A      Comply with infection control policies and procedures in health work

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