It is vitally important that we recognise and support the needs of unpaid carers in their daily lives. Unpaid carers need a wide array of knowledge and skills to deliver the best and safest care they can.
Here at Universal Services for Carers in Derby, we provide free training courses throughout the year to unpaid carers where they will not only be able to gain new essential skills and expertise, but will also be able to share knowledge, experiences, and emotional and social good practice.
The training courses we offer include: manual handling, first aid, and various CPD accredited courses supporting carers in learning more about their caring role.
To learn more about our free training opportunities, please see below:
What is First Aid?
First aid is the medical term used to describe the immediate assistance given to a person suffering a minor or major injury or sudden illness. There are five main aims of first aid:
1. Preserve life;
2. Prevent an illness or injury from worsening;
3. Promote recovery;
4. Pain relief;
5. Protecting the unconscious.
These can be remembered as the ‘5 Ps.’ It can include anything from performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to applying a plaster to a cut or fashioned a sling to support an injured arm. First aid is conducted either to solve a minor injury or illness (so cleaning a cut and putting on a plaster) to keeping a person safe and alive whilst an ambulance is being called.
It can be a scary time when a person injures themselves or suddenly falls ill. It is therefore a good idea to be as prepared as possible and to enrol on a course that can provide you will the skills to cope during an unexpected accident or medical emergency.
The team at Universal Services for Carers therefore believe that it’s our duty to ensure carers are as prepared as possible for such circumstances and that knowing first aid will help them deliver the best and safest care they can.
Our free first aid training courses will therefore provide you will the following essential skills:
• Dealing with cuts, scrapes, grazes, burns, scalds and other minor injuries
• Managing various types of eye injuries
• Immobilising fractures, sprains and joint sprains
• Preventing choking
• Stopping excessive bleeding
• Helping unconscious patients
• Performing CPR
• Knowing the recovery position
Our courses are designed to give you the knowledge and confidence to manage emergency situations and to keep the person you care for safe during an episode of injury or illness whilst you wait for the emergency services to arrive or in the interim before a medical appointment.
*At the moment we are unable to run our first aid course as planned, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the team are hard at work developing news ways we can still support carers with accessing first aid training. Please keep checking our website and social media pages for an update.
What is Manual Handling?
If you look after someone who has an illness or disability, you may need to help them move around, support them with transferring to different locations or reposition them. For example, it is common that the following moving and handling is often needed in a caring role:
• In the bedroom – supporting to get in and of bed, turning over in bed, sitting up in bed, changing clothing and help with support stockings, and using a commode;
• In the bathroom – bathing and showering, support with going to the toilet, and using a shower seat or grab rails;
• Elsewhere – sitting in a chair, standing and walking, getting up from the floor after a fall, help with walking aids, accessing stairs and helping with steps, using a wheelchair and ramps, and getting in and out of a vehicle.
However, helping someone move around when you have not had the correct training to do so may lead to you accidentally hurting your loved one or injuring yourself. This may then limit your ability to continue to give care to your loved one.
The most common injuries carers get are back injuries. Injuring your back will limit your movement and your ability to care for someone and it could take a long time for you to recover. Lifting someone incorrectly can also damage fragile skin, cause shoulder and neck injuries, increase existing breathing difficulties, or cause bruising or cuts.
It is also important that any lifting or moving equipment is only used with the correct support and guidance, usually from an Occupational Therapist.
Our free manual handling courses will therefore introduce you to the basic knowledge you require to move the person you care for safely and will give you the confidence to deliver the best care you can. We will also help you identify if you require additional training and will support you with contacting more advanced trainers and a relevant Occupational Therapist.
*At the moment we are unable to run our manual handling courses as planned, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the team are hard at work developing news ways we can still support carers with accessing manual handling training. Please keep checking our website and social media pages for an update.
Do you want to learn more about your caring role?
Being a carer can be an extremely rewarding experience and can help you grow as a person and gain invaluable life skills, such as empathy and kindness. However, it can also be very daunting and isolating and some days it can be hard to see any positives. Once of the things the team at Universal Services for Carers are passionate about is helping carers identify and reflect on their experiences, skills and aspirations. We therefore offer free developmental courses that will enable carers to learn more about caring roles in general, as well as about their own specific caring role.
Owing to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are changing how we will deliver this aspect of our training, however, once we have confirmed what course/s we are using, we will inform carers how to book a place. However, you can expect that the courses we will offer will help you achieve the following:
• a clearer understanding of your experiences as a carer;
• an understanding of the highly valuable and transferable skills that you have developed;
• the encouragement to think about your goals and aspirations for the future and ideas of how you can work towards these;
• a recognition of the personal qualities you have developed.
*NEW* Digital training:
We also recognise that many carers require confidence and training to use digital technology to enhance both their life experience and their caring role. We are therefore about to launch a digital training course – so watch this space for more!