On the invitation of Caritas Catolica Association, our partner Coby Willemsen integrative healthcare assistant, RN, has given a series of lectures and workshops for caretakers and nurses working in elderly homes and homecare, in the period of 25-27 January. We had numerous participants from outside Oradea, including Marghita, Tasnad and Timisoara.
A series of advanced healthcare courses was initiated two years ago, with the purpose of providing chance of professional improvement and up to date knowledge for Caritas employees, so they can give quality treatment to the beneficiaries. The series included courses about communication, dementia, elderly nutrition and transfer techniques in the past years. Last weeks’s course was about treating patients with Parkinson’s disease and wound healing.
Knowing the individual case is of key importance
The visible symptoms of Parkinson’s disease can vary from patient to patient. In this sense, the role of the caretakers is of vital importance, because they are the ones who can inform the doctors about the smallest changes of the patient’s state, they can also inform the relatives of the patient about the correct ways to handle conflicts resulting from the degradation of mental and motor capacities – Coby Willemsen emphasized.
At the course, caretakers could learn new methods to help the movement of patients with Parkinson’s, to handle hallucinations typical for the disease, to arrange a safe environment, to give medication at the right time and in the right way, and how to minimize the danger of choking while feeding patients. Caretakers were also informed about severe side effects of medication.
Old techniques are out of date
At the course about wound healing, the caretakers received practical information about preventing and treating the 3 most common skin problems in elderly care: dermatitis caused by incontinence, intertrigo, and pressure wounds (decubitus). During the workshop, Coby Willemsen has demonstrated those sitting and lying positions which distribute pressure on a larger surface, thus they are least harmful for the skin. She also explained why some of the old methods of wound-healing are not in use anymore, and has given better, more effective alternatives.
All courses ended with free Q&A sessions, during which the participants could ask questions, share their experiences, and try to find solutions together for individual cases.