Training Courses & Workshops
for Nursing Homes
*Please note that this page is intended for Nursing Home management or staff who are looking to book training courses or workshops for groups of team members. If you wish to enquire or book Training courses on an individual basis please click here.
When you book training with Fit For Life you know that you and your team are receiving best practice information in conjunction with in depth knowledge of the Irish Nursing Home sector.
Using our knowledge of the day to day challenges and staff scheduling in your homes we have developed a mixture of onsite in person training, 'live' online training and online training on all of the training courses topics that we cover.
We can also provide bespoke training for your Nursing Home or group of Nursing Homes that can specifically refer to your current practices such as your Falls Prevention policy.
Falls Prevention Training - 5 Courses
Fit For Life have and will continue to invest a considerable amount of our resources to prevent and reduce the amount of falls that take place in Irish Nursing Homes.
We are constantly liaising and collaborating with international experts in this area to ensure that our training gives you the most up to date and effective interventions for your homes.
Due to constant presence onsite in Nursing Homes we can provide bespoke training in this area that can incorporate your current practices and policies into our training or we can assist you in restructuring or refreshing current policies.
We have a combination of onsite in person courses and online courses depending on your requirements or preferences. Please click on links below to find out more information on each course.
Exercise Delivery to Older Adults - 7 Courses
In 2001 Fit For Life introduced our Group Exercise programmes to nursing homes in Ireland which we are based on improving residents strength using resistance bands. Over the year programmes have been constantly diversifying and improving and using best practice research and the onsite practical knowledge and expertise of our therapists.
Manual Handling Training - 4 Courses
Over the years our onsite experiences working in Irish nursing homes, daycare centres and in the community has allowed us to integrate current best practice manual handling techniques seamlessly from training to day-to-day care.
Transfers and Mobilising Older Adults - 3 Workshops
These workshops are designed to ensure that residents are have opportunities to safely move and mobilise as often as possible during the day and reduce the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle.
We explain to your team the importance of allowing residents to do as much as possible themselves in a safe and controlled manner. We demonstrate a variety of correct techniques, cueing and equipment that can be used to assist your team to safely transfer and mobilise residents in your home.
Courses specifically referencing residents with a cognitive impairment (Dementia), post stroke and neurological conditions (Parkinsons) are also covered.
These courses on safe transfers and mobilising were designed and developed by a collaboration of our multidiciplinary team to ensure that our courses have the input from all of our areas of expertise.
1. Transfers & Mobilising – Long Term Care
2. Transfers & Mobilising - Alzheimer’s & Related Dementia3. Mobilisation & Transfers programmes – Walk & Talk
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Restraints - 1 Course
This workshop covers the role of a care provider in person centred care and how it applies to daily practice. This is fundamental in the understanding of the HSE Restraint Free Policy and we go through their relationship in our workshop. Understanding a resident’s behaviour and responding to individual needs should be at the centre of patient care. All residents should be assessed comprehensively in order to establish the trigger or cause of concerning behaviour. Staff will go through their role in assessment, decision making and what procedures they use to carry out these roles.
To understand person centred care
To know the national and company policy, covering laws and restraints
To know the types of restraints in long term care and when a restraint is an enabler
Procedures in relation to restraints
Guideline resources and decision making
Duration: This will vary from 2-4 hours. Certified 2-4 CPD points
Venue: The workshop can be completed in-house with care team members.
Your team will have knowledge on person centred care and how to apply this to daily practice in your home
To provide a comprehensive assessment tool for the decision process of using a restraint
To familiarise health professionals with standards set by HSE and HIQA which all nursing homes should adhere to.
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Seating, Pressure Care and Positioning - 6 Workshops
Depression in the older adults - Exercise as an Intervention - 1 Course
Commonly underdiagnosed in the older adult population depression can be a very debilitating disease. As with depression with the younger population, exercise is an essential part of any successful intervention. In this workshop we outline the prevalence and tell tale signs of depression and how to access appropriate support and referral pathways for assistance. We then give motivational strategies and suggestions to support and encourage an individual to incorporate exercise into their treatment plan.
Review incidences and signs and symptoms of depression in the older adult.
Review risk factors of depression in older adults.
Review referral, intervention and support pathways for older adults suffering from depression.
Motivational strategies to initiate exercise interventions
Duration: This will vary from 2-4 hrs. Certified 2-4 CPD points
Venue: The workshop will be completed in-house with Healthcare team members.
Improved knowledge on condition and signs associated with the condition.
Improved recognition of the prevalence of depression in older adults.
Improved support and referral pathways to optimise client outcomes.
Full certificates of attendance provided to all attendees.
Assisting an Older Adult with a Respiratory condition- 1 Course
This workshop covers the main causes of respiratory difficulties with older people, and how we can make their management and mobility easier. It will cover methods of assisting a resident to manage their breathlessness e.g. positioning, breathing techniques and exercise intervention encouraging compliance with treatment plans.
Basic review of breathlessness including common conditions
Symptoms, aggravating and easing factors.
Helpful positioning while in bed
Positions of ease to relieve breathlessness
Simple and safe breathing exercises
General exercises appropriate to assist in improving respiratory conditions
Duration: This will vary from two to four hours depending on scope. Certified 2-4 CPD points
Venue: In-house or Fit For Life Training Centre.
Improved recognition and management of breathlessness in patients.
Optimising an individual’s capacity to achieve maximum respiratory function through appropriate positioning
Ability to assist individuals in safely performing physiotherapist prescribed breathing exercises or other home exercise programme to improve respiratory condition.
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