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Teaching and Learning to Care: Training for Caregivers in Long Term Care

A Modular Instruction Series for Staff Development produced by the Geriatric Education Center of Greater Philadelphia (GEC-GP), a division of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Introduction
At its heart, long-term care is a human enterprise of people taking care of others in need. All staff can make important contributions to observation, assessment, reporting and responding to client/resident needs. Well-educated and skilled caregivers are the primary creators of quality physical and emotional care of residents. Caregivers who truly understand the needs of the person they are talking with or dressing make all the difference.

Teaching and Learning to Care: Training for Caregivers in Long Term Care (TLC for LTC) has been produced under the leadership of faculty from the University of Pennsylvania's Schools of Medicine and Nursing in collaboration with many community based professionals and facilities. TLC for LTC is a series of instructional modules directed to meeting the needs of Staff Development Educators (SDEs), those in long term care who are responsible for staff education, and instructors, or those who teach an individual class session.

Goal
The ultimate goal of this series is to enable long-term care staff to improve care of the frail elderly through staff development, which, in turn, supports quality care and improvement. And to enable long-term care staff to improve care of the elderly by improving staff skills as observers, reporters, and providers of individualized care.

Principles
The many collaborators who helped produce TLC for LTC shared several core principles about the functions of staff development and its objectives for direct care staff. Simply stated, these include that:

Staff development is integral to quality improvement. Individualized care of residents is the standard of care. Accurate assessment of and appropriate responses to resident behavior are core skills that CNAs and other direct care staff need if a facility or program is to provide individualized care.

Module 1: At Risk of Falling (REVISED MODULE UPLOADED APRIL 2013)
Module 2: When Pressure Persists: Prevention of Pressure Ulcers for Those at Risk (REVISED MODULE UPLOADED AUGUST 2011)
Module 3: When Wrong Things Happen with Medications: Risk and Prevention (REVISED MODULE UPLOADED AUGUST 2012)
Module 4: Cognitive Loss
Module 5: Behavior in Dementia
Module 6: When People Are Dying: Palliative Care (REWRITTEN MODULE UPLOADED APRIL 2013)
Module 7: Continence: A Matter of Dignity - Causes, Signs and Prevention Instructions (REVISED MODULE UPLOADED APRIL 2013)
Module 8: Continence: A Matter of Dignity - Care of Chronic and Complex UI (REVISED MODULE UPLOADED APRIL 2013)
Module 9: When It Hurts: Caring for the Older Adult in Pain
Module 10: Oral Health - Providing Dental Care for Older Adults in LTC