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SEMINAR FOR HOME CARE WORKERS

20-23 December 2001, Almaty

  The stated session of Home Care workers seminar took place in Almaty. Previous seminar in Shymkent was organized for patronage workers from South-Kazakhstani and Zhambyl Oblast and allowed them to raise the level of the professional skills. But this one was arranged for workers from the rest of the regions. Among 23 participants of the seminar there were the heads of the Home Care Program and team-leaders from 8 Heseds.

  The program of the seminar was full of lectures on professional subjects and practical training, psychological and professional tests, lectures on Jewish tradition and training on using rehabilitation equipment匘iversity of the topics is caused by a lot of different types of work the workers should do, therefore, the teachers tried to give as much information as they could. Tatyana Mussatova - teacher of Almaty Medical College, made an invaluable contribution in organizing the seminar. She is good specialist and experienced lecturer; she adapted her course "Visiting nurse" for Home Care Program. The way she gives her classes is to give examples and practical training right after giving theoretical part; so it helps to learn both theoretical and practical parts fast and effectively. For example, after the lecture about how to take care of bed-patients, the participants of the seminar divided into two groups and had practical training on care of bed-patients. One part of the group played role of bed-patients, and the other had to serve them: help them to wash, clean teeth, brush hair and many other procedures. Marina Iorish, the team leader in Almaty Hesed, gave some Home Care practical trainings.

  Valentina Sokolkova, coordinator of Home Care Program in Kazakhstan, read lectures about the problems of elderly people. The main goal of the program workers is to help clients to satisfy their physical, physiological, emotional and intellectual needs, to define those needs in every single case. A method of defining those needs was one of the topics for one of the lectures. The other lecture was dedicated to practical work with people suffering of loss of memory (Alzheimer's disease). This theme is very important because this disease is pretty frequent among elderly people. Moreover, Valentina had presented the samples of rehabilitation equipment to the participants of the seminar, both new for regional Heseds and the equipment that is being used, but complicated to use.

  Irina Zaltsman, a very experienced psychologist and one of the favorite teachers at Kazakhstani seminars, read two lectures about the most important aspects of Home care workers. One of them is making contact with elderly people. There is no doubt that it is a big problem because of age-related changes in client's psychology and outlook. The second psychology problem is connected with the "burn out syndrome". Irina gave high-qualified recommendations to prevent emotional tiredness that home care workers have after contacting with old people.

  The participants of the seminar took "test of professional skills" at the end of the seminar to strengthen their knowledge. And as it was expected the answers showed good knowledge. Theoretical and practical classes were balanced very well and they made the seminar a very good school of improving skills.

Lectures
Lectures
  Practice
Practice
  Tatyana Mussatova gave a demonstration of some techniques
Tatyana Mussatova gave a demonstration of some techniques
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