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Document Typology: Training course
Target groups: Health Workers
country Where It Took Place: Slovakia
Name of compiler: Juraj Dúbrava
name of institution: TRANSFER Slovensko, s.r.o.
role: project manager
language Of The Description: English
title: Home care courses are in SR provided by a variety of private or non-profit institutions such as.: Slovak Red Cross, Academy of Education, an agency such as Swallow, Falck-Academy and others.
description Of The Best Practice:
Home care courses and trainings are mostly implemented as retraining courses organized by labor offices throughout the SR directly or as open courses for those who want to become carers and work in this area. All of these courses and trainings are accredited by the Ministry of Education or Ministry of Work, Social and Family Affairs. All graduates receive a certificate authorizing them to carry out this work. Interesting is that some courses are carried out in German, some agencies provide carers and work in Austria and Germany. Courses last for an average of 230 hours and the price is around 170 EUR per participant. Most home care workers in the entire territory of Slovakia are educated in the Academy of Education in the re-training courses.
The course content is: an introduction to home care, somatology, medical - preventive care, nursing care, hygiene, psycho - social and medical problems, immobile and incontinent care of sick elderly people, care for the dying, food, lifestyle in the elderly and disabled people, social - legal issues, occupational health, ethics and morals in nursing service.
Courses are divided into theoretical and practical part. The theoretical part consists of 80 lessons, practical elements are combined with practical exercises and include 50 lessons. Professional experience comprises a total of 90 hours.
Results:
Courses participats are mostly unemployed registered at employment offices throughout Slovakia as well as any others interested in this profession. Graduates are prepared for personal work with clients, e.g provision of the personal needs, social mobilization and treatment to promote self-sufficiency and self esteem for as long as possible, to work in public or private social care homes or hospitals for geriatric wards. From November 20, 2008 applies to Slovakia, the Social Services Act 448/2008, which requires carers an obligation to meet the qualifications, completed 220-hour accredited course. Otherwise they can not perform this profession. Question is if this courses are so good that after ending of this courses will be able participant do your job with all theoretical and practical skills which are needed in practical care at home or in houses for old people.
Quality indicators:
Use of methodologies in order to involve the citizens in the field of training and education health system
Comment:
More information about care courses on www.education.sk, www.aveducation.sk, www.redcorss.sk
Evaluation:
Nursing courses and educational activities are considered to be the only way today and the opportunity for unemployed adults or people who want to change jobs and work in the field. Demand for these workers is growing as well as their number, though it is a very demanding job both physically and mentally. The level of graduates is variable but about 80% of them can be successfully employed in the profession of home carer workers. Mostly of them are women (90%) in various age. In Slovakia we have to much studies for social workers - in each University or highschool is one department for social work. Paradox is that this people are not working in this field but the demand is each year higher and will be increase because population will be older and we have now in Slovakia old population more that 65 very healthy with perspective to live more that 80 years old.

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