Nineteen Elder Care Assistants are the latest to benefit from the training offered by Government’s Residential and Care for the Elderly and Eligible (GRACE) programme.
The individuals went through a six-month course covering such topics as team work and professionalism, moving and handling clients, the rights of older persons, safety of older persons, neglect and abuse of the elderly, working with an adult with physical disability, nutrition and meal planning for the elderly.
Other aspects of the training focused on first aid, fire safety, disaster management and effective communication.
Terry-Ann Antonio was named this year’s valedictorian at a ceremony held last Thursday at the Villa Seventh-Day Adventist Church.
The GRACE Programme has been in existence since 1987 and provides care and assistance to citizens over the age of 60 years and also to individuals who have some form of disability. It falls under the Family and Social Services Division in the Ministry of Social Transformation and Human Resource Development.
Acting GRACE Programme Manager Melvina Pascal says the programme began its formal training school in January of this year in order to help develop a pool of persons from which individuals could be hired.
She says most of the elderly persons have to deal with illnesses like non-communicable diseases so government has to ensure that Elder Care Assistants are properly trained to identify any problems that may arise.
The training course, which is recognized by the Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO), began in 2010 and has so far trained fifty-nine individuals.