In France, 8 to 11 million people find themselves caring for an elderly relative or relatives. They then become family caregivers. Far from being innate, caring for an elderly person with loss of autonomy or suffering from dementia requires a certain knowledge of care and behavioral disorders.
To support this work overload and this life change, family caregiver training exist. With lesson-rich lessons inspired by real-life situations, discover how to perform and thrive in your role as a caregiver.
Family caregiver: an often improvised role
L’caretaker of the family is the person who provides regular and sustained assistance to a dependent or disabled loved one. Very often, this person appears in society (spouse, child, nephew, cousin, neighbor) and voluntarily supports his relative. Because of a sudden loss of autonomy, this new mission is rarely foreseen and develops naturally.
Depending on the regularity and time needed for care, the caregiver may be assisted by a professional helper at home (guardian, guardian, nurse, social worker, etc.). Valuable help so that he can combine this mission with his family life and his work without tiring.
Why train as a family carer?
Since 2007, the CNSA (National Solidarity Fund for Autonomy) has set up a number of training for caregivers. The opportunity for these people to become aware and supported in their new role.
How to become a family caregiver?
Although no education is mandatory to become a caregiver, caring for an elderly person with disabilities includes mastering:
- body care,
- ergonomic positions,
- first aid actions,
- without forgetting the psychological support…
Sometimes, specific equipment and home layout are necessary to maintain a certain autonomy. Learning tools and techniques that quickly prove to be essential during training.
How to support an elderly person with dementia?
Sometimes becoming a caregiver means caring for an elderly person with senile dementia.
Among patients with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, dementia with Lewy bodies… Each neurodegenerative disease requires specific knowledge within the family framework for:
- Anticipate behavioral problems.
- Identify any new symptoms.
- Learn the appropriate postures and gestures.
For many people, being a caregiver involves living and sharing daily life with an elderly person who has lost autonomy. Therefore, it is important to understand the causes and consequences of the pathology from which your loved one suffers in order to get the right help.
How to maintain a good relationship with your lover?
Finding yourself helping an addicted loved one without preparation disrupts everyday life. Between mental overload, stress, guilt and overwork (some caregivers combine this activity alongside their work)… These changes are difficult to accept and risk disrupting the relationship with the elderly. This is why the psychological balance of family caregivers is an important chapter covered in the training. Faced with this upheaval, the caregiver must learn to:
- save and free yourself from guilt,
- delegate certain tasks,
- accept the situation
- explain the situation to the relative in charge.
Thus, getting the right training gives the caregiver more confidence and ensures personalized care for the addict.
What are the training courses for family carers?
Today, many associations offer online or face-to-face training. With the aim of helping caregivers to maintain or strengthen their support capacities, they are completely free and non-professional.
Training with the French Association of Caregivers
Created in 2003, the French Association of Carers campaigns for the recognition of the role and place of carers in society. The organization offers training consisting of 6 modules of 3 hours each. These courses can be taken online directly on the site or face to face. Each module answers questions related to relationship situations experienced with a loved one.
- When illness, disability interferes with the relationship with the loved one.
- Being a Caregiver: An Attitude, Needs, Expectations, and Limitations.
- Daily relationship with his lover.
- Find your place with the professionals.
- How do you do this with your loved one for the gestures of everyday life?
- How to reconcile his life as a carer with his personal and social life?
CIF training courses that help
The Carer Information and Training Center (CIF) offers various continuing education courses to support a carer and reconcile professional life and the role of carer.
Their programs offer flexible schedules to fit sessions into a day or several days and a half.
Among the points discussed:
- Be helpful.
- Helping your loved one: good practices.
- Assistance: legal, financial, material.
- Risk prevention
CIF Aide also offers information seminars and thematic training on request.
Become a caregiver with France Alzheimer
France Alzheimer Maladies develops actions for caregivers. Among them, dedicated training for non-professional caregivers (family, friends, neighbors) who regularly accompany a person with Alzheimer’s disease or related.
In the program, 14 hours of lessons led by a psychologist and an association volunteer are spread over several weeks. These 5 to 6 sessions cover how to:
- Better understand the struggles of their sick loved one.
- Adapt to the patient’s environment,
- Improve your communication and relationship with your loved one.
- Preparing for Nursing Home Entry and Institutional Living for Caregivers with a Loved One with Alzheimer’s in Nursing Home or Day Care.
In addition, caregivers can share their experiences and experiences, for more concrete and constructive exchanges.
Understanding degenerative diseases with ARS
Measure 50 of the neurodegenerative disease (PMND) plan proposes training time for every family caregiver. In community centers and hospitals, information and awareness workshops provide families with essential tools for:
- to understand the patient’s difficulties,
- know how to adapt to the environment,
- maintaining the relationship with the patient’s caregiver.
14 hours of training consisting of 5 modules teach the caregiver to build a life project with the patient while preserving himself.
With the growing number of caregivers, there are many family caregiver training courses available online or near you. To register, find out about the conditions of admission from the relevant associations.