Face to Face Training Courses

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*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

People Manual Handling


New to people manual handling? Learn best practice techniques with us!

This training is suitable for healthcare professionals and carers who work in the home and community who have not undergone training previously.

Course Outline:

  • Course follows HSA & Fetac guidelines
  • Full day course including theory overview, quizzes, demonstration and practice (unsafe handling, best practice techniques, use of hoist and other handling aids), risk assessment, problem solving and case-study discussion.

Duration: 6 hours, Certified 6 CPD points.

Venue: In-house and at Sandyford Clinic.

Cost: € varies depending on location.

No. of Attendees: 8-10

Results/Benefits:

  • Certificate of attendance
  • Personalised courses - Our manual handling instructors will contact you before the course to discuss and assess your specific manual handling goals.
  • In-depth know-how - Fit For Life have been working alongside nurses and care assistants in residential care settings for over 15 years. We understand the challenges they face on a daily basis and that allows us to focus on the issues that are most important to them.
  • Reduction in the risk of injury for the patient/resident and the worker

Testimonial:

"The Manual Handling Training was great because it gives me a lot of knowledge and ideas how to use the proper equipment and to move residents safely." Healthcare Assistant Carechoice Montenotte.




Refresher Training – People Manual Handling


Renew and refresh your people manual handling skills with Fit For Life!

This course is ideal for those who have previously undergone a full day of manual handling training. There is more time to dedicate to practical applications in your workplace. Our goal is to identify what challenges you have, and how you can change the risk assessment to allow you to continue with the manual handling tasks safely.

Course Outline:

  • Review and update staff on the correct manual handling techniques they should be using.
  • Practice transferring and repositioning residents from different situations using the full range of the equipment available in your home.

Duration: 4 hours, Certified 4 CPD points.

Venue: In-house & Sandyford Clinic

Cost: € varies depending on location.

No. of Attendees: 8-10

Results/Benefits

  • Ensuring you are applying best practice manual handling techniques in all aspects of work
  • Reduction in the risk of injury for the patient/resident and the worker
  • Educating you to know your role in risk assessment and applying it in everyday tasks

Testimonial:

"The Manual Handling Training was great because it gives me a lot of knowledge and ideas how to use the proper equipment and to move residents safely."

Healthcare Assistant Carechoice Montenotte.





Advanced People Manual Handling Workshops

People Manual Handling


New to people manual handling? Learn best practice techniques with us!

This training is suitable for healthcare professionals and carers who work in the home and community who have not undergone training previously.

Course Outline:

  • Course follows HSA & Fetac guidelines
  • Full day course including theory overview, quizzes, demonstration and practice (unsafe handling, best practice techniques, use of hoist and other handling aids), risk assessment, problem solving and case-study discussion.

Duration: 6 hours, Certified 6 CPD points.

Venue: In-house and at Sandyford Clinic.

Cost: € varies depending on location.

No. of Attendees: 8-10

Results/Benefits:

  • Certificate of attendance
  • Personalised courses - Our manual handling instructors will contact you before the course to discuss and assess your specific manual handling goals.
  • In-depth know-how - Fit For Life have been working alongside nurses and care assistants in residential care settings for over 15 years. We understand the challenges they face on a daily basis and that allows us to focus on the issues that are most important to them.
  • Reduction in the risk of injury for the patient/resident and the worker

Testimonial:

"The Manual Handling Training was great because it gives me a lot of knowledge and ideas how to use the proper equipment and to move residents safely." Healthcare Assistant Carechoice Montenotte.




Refresher Training – People Manual Handling


Renew and refresh your people manual handling skills with Fit For Life!

This course is ideal for those who have previously undergone a full day of manual handling training. There is more time to dedicate to practical applications in your workplace. Our goal is to identify what challenges you have, and how you can change the risk assessment to allow you to continue with the manual handling tasks safely.

Course Outline:

  • Review and update staff on the correct manual handling techniques they should be using.
  • Practice transferring and repositioning residents from different situations using the full range of the equipment available in your home.

Duration: 4 hours, Certified 4 CPD points.

Venue: In-house & Sandyford Clinic

Cost: € varies depending on location.

No. of Attendees: 8-10

Results/Benefits

  • Ensuring you are applying best practice manual handling techniques in all aspects of work
  • Reduction in the risk of injury for the patient/resident and the worker
  • Educating you to know your role in risk assessment and applying it in everyday tasks

Testimonial:

"The Manual Handling Training was great because it gives me a lot of knowledge and ideas how to use the proper equipment and to move residents safely."

Healthcare Assistant Carechoice Montenotte.





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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