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2021-2022 College Catalog 
2021-2022 College Catalog
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NRA 104 - Caregiver

3.75 Credits, 4.5 Contact Hours
3.5 1

Introduction to caregiving. Includes body systems and common diseases, basic caregiving skills, providing client care, home care, providing restorative care, home health care food prep, and certification requirements.

Prerequisite(s): WritePlacer 4; Reading 227; Arithmetic 200
Information: This is a lecture and laboratory training course combined. The student must meet specific clinical requirements for safety. This is a requirement of the healthcare industry. Students must have their American Heart Association CPR and First Aid certification; as well as a Food Handler certification to apply.

Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Define and describe what a caregiver is and the different types
  2. Discuss the legality of Caregiving.
  3. Demonstrate understanding of communication with patient, family and healthcare personnel
  4. Discuss caring for patient at home including food prep & storage, meal planning, home maintenance
  5. Discussing patient care including emergency care and care for the Alzheimer’s Patient 


  1. Introduction to Foundation of Caregiving
    1. Introduction to caregiving
    2. Legal consideration
      1. HIPAA
      2. Patient Rights
      3. Mandatory reporting
    3. Ethical considerations
    4. Infection control
    5. Introduction to communication skills
      1. Components of effective communication
      2. Styles and techniques of communication
      3. Barriers in effective communication
        1.  Culture
        2.        Language
        3.         Physical and mental disabilities
  2. Introduction of proper body mechanics
  3. Service plans. Developing, using,and maintaining resident service plans
  4. Infection Control
    1. Common types of infectious diseases
    2. Preventing infections
    3. Controlling infection
  5. Nutrition and food preparation
    1. Basic Nutrition
    2. Menu planning and posting
    3. Procuring, handling and storing food safety
    4. Special diet      
  6. Providing Restorative Care
    1. Introduction to principles of rehabilitation
    2. The musculoskeletal system
    3. Complications of immobility
    4. Proper use and application of protective/restraining devices
    5. Activities of daily living and restorative activities
    6. Proper use and care of other assistive devices
    7. Proper use and application of hot and cold compresses, bandages and binders
  7. Providing Assisted Living Care and Home Care
    1. Review of body systems
    2. Psychosocial needs of the resident
    3. Caring for the confused resident
    4. Introduction to disease associated with the elderly
    5. Care of the resident with seizures
  8. Fire, safety, and emergency procedures
    1. Emergency planning
    2. Medical emergencies
  9. Care of the cognitively impaired resident
  1. anticipating and addressing the needs and behaviors of residents with dementia and ‘
  2. Alzheimer’s
  3. B. Understanding the developmental tasks associated with aging process     
  1. Medication management
  1. Determining whether a resident needs assistance with medication administration
  2. Assisting a resident to self-administer medication
  3. Observing, documenting and reporting changes in resident condition before and after medication is administered
  4. Knowing the five rights of medication administration
  1. Care Preparation/Certification Requirements
  1. Applying for and interviewing for a job
  2. Work ethics
  3. Certification information
  4. Career ladders and goals                                    


Effective Term:
Summer 2020

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