February 22nd is Digital Learning Day, a great time to embrace online classes. Have you ever looked at some of the different free online courses for family caregivers? If you’ve been looking for ways to improve your family caregiving efforts, online classes are a great resource. When you can’t be there for your senior all the time, in-home care perfectly supports your caregiving efforts.
Try these online courses out on Coursera:
John Hopkins University’s Living With Dementia: Impact on Individuals, Caregivers, Communities, and Societies
If your dad has dementia, this course helps give you insight into the different stages and what to expect. It covers how to ease stress, manage your own stress, and establish a safer home for your dad as his mobility and memory skills decrease.
Stanford’s Rebuilding Our Relationship With Food
Do you or your dad have a hard time achieving a balanced diet when there are so many processed foods, including many that claim to be healthy but are packed with sugars? This Stanford course looks at what a balanced diet is, how to properly portion foods, and what mindful meeting involves.
SUNY’s Foundations For Assisting in Home Care
While SUNY’s free online class is for people interested in home care professions, it’s full of important information for family caregivers, too. It’s a four-week course that covers what a caregiver does, how to ensure your dad’s self-esteem and self-actualization are not impacted negatively, and how to take care of yourself at the same time.
University of Copenhagen’s Diabetes – The Essential Facts
If your dad has diabetes or prediabetes, take the free course from the University of Copenhagen. It teaches you what diabetes is and how diet, exercise, and medications all help lower blood sugar levels.
University of Minnesota’s Preventing Chronic Pain: A Human Systems Approach
Chronic pain can make it hard to be mobile or want to engage in the community. If your dad has a hard time with chronic pain due to arthritis, you might learn some useful tips in this free course. In addition to learning about different causes of chronic pain, the course touches on what you can do to lessen the discomfort.
University of Toronto’s The Arts & Science of Relationships: Understanding Human Needs
Would it help you to better understand what your dad most wants as he ages? This University of Toronto course does cover forming relationships and dating, but there are great takeaways for caregivers when it comes to reading another person’s emotions and building effective communication skills.
Rely on In-Home Care to Support Your Efforts
While you might want to be the one caring for your dad, you don’t have to do it alone. Arrange to have in-home care aides to help ease some of your daily chore list.
While you visit friends or go shopping, a caregiver can spend time with your dad cleaning the home and reminding him to take his medications. Talk to an in-home care specialist to get started arranging the services your dad needs.