Across North America and much of the Western world, aging populations are placing pressure on healthcare systems and increasing the demand for home care assistance and spaces in nursing homes. Both public and private healthcare facilities are struggling to keep up with the demand.
One of their most critical needs is for well-trained staff. Not only do new workers need to be trained, but current healthcare professionals are under constant pressure to update their skills, comply with new regulations, and learn the procedures specific to each workplace. Training can be a costly and time-consuming endeavor for staff and management alike. Read on to learn how custom elearning solutions can help home care providers and senior care facilities provide training that will result in the best care and a better experience for clients and their families.
4 Benefits of Custom Elearning Content Development for Healthcare:
1.Align skill levels among employees
Senior care homes and home care agencies employ a wide variety of healthcare professionals, including nurses, nursing assistants, personal support workers, rehab therapists, social workers, and more. The amount of education and type of training needed varies widely among these specialties. For many of these professions, standards vary from province to province or state to state. Implementing an elearning training program can help bring all of your employees up to a unified standard of care. Adaptive elearning solutions allow advanced learners to focus only on the content they need while new or struggling learners will be able to receive full training and additional support. Pre- and post-assessments can help you see which employees need further help.
2. Develop confidence in staff working in challenging settings
Senior and personal care can occur in a wide variety of settings: hospitals, clinics, care homes, and in the community. Each setting has its own set of regulatory requirements and considerations. Community and private home settings, in particular, require healthcare workers to consider more factors than standard hospital or clinical settings, such as personal safety, ethics, and hygiene. Case-studies are a great way to prompt learner thinking about their prior knowledge and encourage the application of new learning. Give your employees the confidence to provide care in any environment.
3. Keep up with industry innovations and standards of care
As the senior and personal care industry grows, standards of care and legislation also change and develop. Throughout the medical field, there has been a shift towards client-centred and culturally-sensitive care, resulting in a demand for additional training. And as more families struggle to provide care for their aging relatives, they need support in caring for a family with dementia or Alzheimer’s. Continuing education provides care workers with the confidence to provide better care to all clients in challenging situations. Scenario-based training encourages engagement with the material and promotes the application of new learning.
4. Support family and community members
Education isn’t just for staff. Consider developing learning resources for family and caregivers. Navigating the realities of becoming a caregiver for a relative or moving a loved one to a care facility can be an overwhelming time. Providing resources can help the community feel supported and improve communication and understanding between clients’ family and your staff.
Senior and personal support care is a field with numerous opportunities and applications for elearning. Whether you work in a hospital, clinic, care home, or other organization, custom elearning solutions can supplement your current training regime and provide new learning opportunities for your staff. Learnkit is proud to be working with VHA Home HealthCare and Saint Elizabeth Health Care to support their staff in reaching their care goals. Talk to us to see if custom elearning could be used to support your employees and further their professional development.