In-House Training Courses

 

*2020 update -  Fit For Life have re-structured their patient handling training course to reduce onsite contact time in line with Covid-19 guidelines. We now deliver a theory module online which covers background in manual and patient handling while also incorporating relevant information on hoists, slings, sliding sheets and other patient handling equipment. A practical module is scheduled to take place within a week where participants put into practice the skills and equipment reviewed. Covid-19 guidelines are adhered to with PPE and single-use equipment used for onsite demonstrations and practice. The theory session is scheduled for 2hrs and the practical is scheduled for 2hrs/3hrs (depending on numbers and potential for social distancing).*

Fit For Life deliver evidence-based training courses to promote best practice techniques and maximum independence for the Older Adults we work with. We run our courses in-house with your care team taking account of your population and site-specific needs.

We deliver manual and people handing and falls prevention training courses for all the care team, clinical and non-clinical. And, our evidence-based Exercise Instructor courses have been developed through our years of experience to enable attendees to upskill to deliver fun and effective group exercise classes.

 

Why not contact Mark, on 01-2137915 or info@fitforlife.ie, to chat through your specific training needs!

Manual Handling Courses

Seated Exercise Instructor Course: For HCA's & Activities Co-ordinators


Learn how to deliver effective and fun seated exercise classes for Older Adults!

This course will equip you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to run varied fitness classes for the older adults you work with!

Key course content:

  • Introduction to Fit For Life and course
  • Benefits of physical activity & exercise guidelines
  • Common medical conditions and guidelines for exercise
  • Exercise classes set up & safety considerations
  • Practical exercise delivery techniques – Warm-up and cold down exercises and stretching; batons, balls, seated endurance exercises, and games/challenges.

Duration: 3-day course. Certified 18 CPD points.

Venue: In-house, at Sandyford Clinic, and locations nationwide.

Cost: € varies depending on location.

No. of Attendees: 8-12

Results/Benefits:

  • You can deliver Fit For Life quality group exercise sessions.
  • Learn from experienced trainers who have expert knowledge on effective exercise delivery.
  • You have continued support from Fit For Life if your team need a refresher or upskill session on exercise delivery. And you can progress to our advanced courses – e.g. strength training!

Here’s what some of the recent attendees thought about our course:

‘This course is brilliant, very useful for all activity coordinators or healthcare professionals about how important exercise is for residents and how to engage them in fun exercises’.

‘The course was very informative not just about exercise but also dementia and the different approach you need to take’.




Seated Strength Training Course: For HCA's & Activities Co-ordinators


Learn how to run effective and fun seated Strength exercise classes for Older Adults!

This fitness training course was developed for Activity Co-Ordinators, Healthcare Assistants or Home Carers who have completed our ‘Exercise Instructor for the Older Adult Course’. This course enables you to progress your knowledge and skills base to provide seated strength training classes for the older adults you work with!

Key course content:

  • Introduction
  • Skeletal muscle, aging & resistance exercise
  • Session structure: warm up, cool down & stretching
  • Resistance band exercises – assessment, techniques & all to practice teaching same
  • Other strength exercises – other types of equipment e.g. dumbbells
  • Exercise programming

Duration: 1-day course, 9.30am-5pm. Certified 7 CPD points.

Venue: In-house, at Sandyford Clinic, and locations nationwide.

Cost: € varies depending on location.

No. of Attendees: 8-12

Results/Benefits:

  • You can deliver Fit For Life quality strength training classes.
  • You can add more variety and physical challenge for the older adults participating in your exercise classes.
  • You learn from our experienced trainers who have expert knowledge on effective exercise delivery.





Advanced People Manual Handling Workshops

Hoist Workshop


From our experience we have found that a specialised hoist workshop can be very beneficial to help support your team with knowing their role and responsibilities in hoist operation. This workshop is very practical and all attendees experience hoist use and operation. In the standard manual handling training you are not able to give all attendees this experience due to time constraints. We go through the roles of staff with hoist assessment, sling assessment and protocols of use, specific to your home.

Duration: 2 hours, Certified 2 CPD points

Venue: The workshop can be completed in-house with current team members (max 10).

Outline:

  • This is a comprehensive review of hoists, including the operator’s risks and responsibilities when using equipment.
  • All attendees get to experience use and operation of equipment, providing a valuable practical based workshop that will help support care pathways.
  • Your team get a chance to practice the correct technique to positioning loads when using hoists.
  • Environmental risks are discussed.

Results/Benefits:

  • Your team get the chance to experience what it’s like to be in a hoist, understand the associated fears of use.
  • Knowledge on surface type factors to consider when using hoists.
  • Importance of planning the task before they start.
  • Your team get to review your equipment and sling selection thoroughly.
  • We provide advice on equipment that may be of benefit to certain resident profiles.




Bed Repositioning Workshop


Healthcare workers manage bed care and there are lots of different techniques and methods that suit individuals. We work with the attendees, getting a review of what they are currently using and finding successful. We also show the group new techniques to help educate your team on different methods. The main learning point is that we do not use any lifting techniques due to high risk of injury to the client and to the healthcare worker.

Duration: 2 hours, Certified 2 CPD points

Venue: The workshop can be completed in-house with current team members (max 10).

Outline:

  • This is a comprehensive review of bed handling scenarios that healthcare workers manage.
  • The risks of poor handling and repositioning are covered, including pressure care.
  • Different equipment is shown to educate your team on what is currently available.

Results/Benefits:

  • Your team are given a refresher on best practice bed repositioning techniques.
  • Your team will have more knowledge on methods, supporting them in decision making with different handling tasks.




Chair Repositioning Workshop


Challenges occur with chair repositioning when a profile doesn’t suit a certain chair type anymore and when the environment makes it hard to reposition. We work with the attendees to establish what scenarios they find difficult. We are aware that resources are set, and team members have to work with what is available. However, there are occasions when repositioning a client is not sufficient and specialist seating may be required. We will highlight how to recognise the indicators, when a seating referral may be appropriate and who to refer to.

Duration: 2 hours, Certified 2 CPD points

Venue: This workshop can be completed in-house with current team members (max 10).

Outline:

  • This is a comprehensive review of chair repositioning using equipment.
  • The cause of profile changes in chairs is discussed and what indicators you identify to refer for a seating assessment.

Results/Benefits:

  • Your team are given skills to reposition safely and avoid injury.
  • Your team know the signs of seating assessment needs.
  • Your team understand the causes of profile changes in seating indicating the need for regular repositioning.




Complex Manual Handling Risk Assessment


With our consultant, your team get to discuss the common challenging manual handling tasks they experience. Manual handling relies on equipment that suits the needs of the individual. Our consultant will demonstrate a selection of tasks that the group commonly experience. This can range from getting someone comfortable in the bed without rolling them to insert slide sheets. It can also be applying a hoist sling without requiring a roll technique. Challenging handling is becoming more prevalent in healthcare, and one area that our consultant can cover, is bariatric care. Your team will get a chance to practice and participate in the tasks, supporting their learning.

Duration: 3 hours, Certified 3 CPD points

Venue: The workshop can be completed in-house with current team members (max 10).

Outline: Common challenging handling tasks are demonstrated and practiced by the attendees. The causes of challenging handling are discussed.

Results/Benefits:

  • Your team are shown new techniques to support them in risk assessment of challenging manual handling tasks.

  • Your team get to see new equipment to support their knowledge on what is available for moving and handling.





Falls Prevention Training Courses

Falls Prevention – Best Practice Guidelines Workshop


Over the years in Fit For Life we have found that all the members of a nursing home team are an equally vital cog in ensuring that residents live in a happy and safe environment. This is even more evident when it comes to the area of falls and falls prevention as often it is the healthcare assistants and non-clinical staff that can be the ones to highlight the fact that a resident or an area in your home is not safe.

The comprehensive best practice guidelines workshops are designed for clinical and non-clinical team members. Your Falls Prevention and Management Policy would be referenced, along with any in-house interventions, to ensure each team member knows their role. In the workshop all staff would get training in the prevalence of falls in long term care, and what the main risks of falls are with the older adult.


We have found that with real experience, the attendees gain so much more from the workshop. We have equipment that attendees use and working with peers, they go about set tasks and then discuss their experiences in the group to help everyone take away valuable learning points.

Every team member is given training in their role as defined in your Falls Prevention Policy. In this training we aim to get the attendees discussing common risk factors they are currently working with in their day to day role and what strategies they are using. We run through common scenarios where falls can occur and suggest best practice actions to help shape future falls prevention planning.

Outline:

  • To know the common risk factors that increase risk of falls
  • To apply best practice interventions
  • Understand the prevalence of falls in long term care
  • Identify that every members of your team have a role in Falls Prevention
  • Practical element to illustrate the age associated risks

Results/Benefits:

  • Increase safety awareness in home to reduce number of falls
  • Increased awareness of all of your team of common risk factors
  • All members of your team have the confidence and knowledge base to be an active participant in your Falls prevention system




Falls Policy & System Management Workshop


This workshop covers your own working Falls Prevention Policy and with our up to date knowledge on falls prevention in long term care, we work together to review, make recommendations and develop a bespoke falls system for you and your team.

What is key is that your team know their role in falls prevention. Fit For Life have lots of experience in supporting teams and we have been fortunate to gain experience in leading research areas.

The type of screening tool you use is the starting point to risk assessment. We know that multifactorial risk assessment is fundamental to a successful Falls Prevention Policy. The research available now provides us with lots of best practice interventions to Falls Prevention programming.

The information collected post fall is vital to help you identify a cause or risk (modifiable or not) of event. What we want to do is help you to see if your existing system need to be updated, keeping you up to date with what the research is showing us is best practice.

The final stage of an effective Falls Prevention System is correct analysis of the data and the allocation and implementation of appropriate action goals for the appropriate members of your team. This stage is best carried out in MDT meetings and it is imperative that goals are set to achieve the most effective and realistic Falls Prevention System possible.

Outline:

  • Examine your Falls Policy to assess its scope, purpose and content.
  • Review current screening methods and application of best practice evidence
  • Review current reporting systems (database), auditing and staff knowledge systems.
  • Analyse each fall and set appropriate actions.
  • Allocate these actions to the appropriate team member, with a realistic timeframe for completion.

Duration: 8 hours, or 2 x 4hours, Certified 8 CPD points

Venue: The workshop can be completed in-house with current team members.

Results/Benefits

  • Increased safety awareness in home to reduce number of falls.
  • Improved reporting of falls and falls risk factors.
  • Improved referral of residents for falls prevention interventions.
  • Clarity for your team about their exact roles and responsibilities in your Falls prevention system.
  • In-depth know-how: Fit For Life have been working alongside nurses and care assistants in residential care settings for over 14 years. We understand the challenges they face on a daily basis which allows us to focus on the issues that are most important to them




Common Falls Risk Factors Workshop


This workshop involves your team experiencing some of the main risks that present with age. We look at single indicated risks specific to older adults. The practical element is hugely valuable in helping your team to understand the challenges the older population face. Knowing the association between poor vision, foot pain, reduced stability and increased risk of falls, is a part of your Falls Prevention Policy. Giving your team support in knowledge will help with their overall growth as a valued team member.

We have found that with real experience, the attendees gain so much more from the workshop. We have equipment that attendees use, and working with peers, they go about set tasks and then discuss their experiences in the group, to help everyone to take away valuable learning points. They relate the symptoms to real residents they are caring for and gain a greater knowledge on how that person finds tasks.

Outline:

  • Identify the common risk factors associated with falls
  • Understand the symptoms associated with these risks
  • Apply learning to practice with working with older adults and falls prevention

Duration: 3 hours, Certified 3 CPD points

Venue: The workshop can be completed in-house with current team members.

Results/Benefits

  • Increase safety awareness in home to reduce number of falls.
  • Support team to increase their knowledge of common risk factors.
  • Early identification of risk assessment needs due to staff awareness.
  • Greater awareness of interventions in place for residents needs





Exercise Instructor for the Older Adult Courses

Seated Exercise Instructor Course: For HCA's & Activities Co-ordinators


Learn how to deliver effective and fun seated exercise classes for Older Adults!

This course will equip you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to run varied fitness classes for the older adults you work with!

Key course content:

  • Introduction to Fit For Life and course
  • Benefits of physical activity & exercise guidelines
  • Common medical conditions and guidelines for exercise
  • Exercise classes set up & safety considerations
  • Practical exercise delivery techniques – Warm-up and cold down exercises and stretching; batons, balls, seated endurance exercises, and games/challenges.

Duration: 3-day course. Certified 18 CPD points.

Venue: In-house, at Sandyford Clinic, and locations nationwide.

Cost: € varies depending on location.

No. of Attendees: 8-12

Results/Benefits:

  • You can deliver Fit For Life quality group exercise sessions.
  • Learn from experienced trainers who have expert knowledge on effective exercise delivery.
  • You have continued support from Fit For Life if your team need a refresher or upskill session on exercise delivery. And you can progress to our advanced courses – e.g. strength training!

Here’s what some of the recent attendees thought about our course:

‘This course is brilliant, very useful for all activity coordinators or healthcare professionals about how important exercise is for residents and how to engage them in fun exercises’.

‘The course was very informative not just about exercise but also dementia and the different approach you need to take’.




Seated Strength Training Course: For HCA's & Activities Co-ordinators


Learn how to run effective and fun seated Strength exercise classes for Older Adults!

This fitness training course was developed for Activity Co-Ordinators, Healthcare Assistants or Home Carers who have completed our ‘Exercise Instructor for the Older Adult Course’. This course enables you to progress your knowledge and skills base to provide seated strength training classes for the older adults you work with!

Key course content:

  • Introduction
  • Skeletal muscle, aging & resistance exercise
  • Session structure: warm up, cool down & stretching
  • Resistance band exercises – assessment, techniques & all to practice teaching same
  • Other strength exercises – other types of equipment e.g. dumbbells
  • Exercise programming

Duration: 1-day course, 9.30am-5pm. Certified 7 CPD points.

Venue: In-house, at Sandyford Clinic, and locations nationwide.

Cost: € varies depending on location.

No. of Attendees: 8-12

Results/Benefits:

  • You can deliver Fit For Life quality strength training classes.
  • You can add more variety and physical challenge for the older adults participating in your exercise classes.
  • You learn from our experienced trainers who have expert knowledge on effective exercise delivery.





To Book Call 01-2137915

or send us an email to info@fitforlife.ie

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