Why is it important to appoint trained caregivers?

At ProMedCare we only appoint qualified and trained Carers.  We are not prepared to take any risks in terms of caring for your loved ones or yourself and not being able to provide a professional care service that is based on knowledge (theory and practice), skills and experience with trained caregivers.

Training Courses for Carers

Glen Lilly Training College in Bellville, Cape Town, is known in the industry for their quality training that is hands-on and accredited with the Health and Welfare SETA. 

Glen Lilly Training College offers an Ancillary Health Care qualification, NQF level 1-4.  Students are required to do a certain number of practical hours at a care facility.

The following topics usually form part of Carer training:

  • Understand the ethics of caring at a private home
  • Know the rights of the patient
  • Understand basic anatomy and physiology of the human body and natural changes with aging
  • Care for the patient’s environment
  • Personal care of the patient that includes: hair care, skin care, oral care, nail care, bed wash, sponge wash, shower, bath, dressing, undressing
  • Prepare basic meals for the patient
  • Food and diet:
    • How to feed the patient
    • The patient’s mealtimes
    • The balanced diet
    • Soft diet
    • Fluid diet
  • Patient mobility:
    • Assist patient with wheelchair
    • Assist patient with walker
    • Assist patient with crutches
  • Monitor temperature
  • Monitor blood sugar
  • Monitor blood pressure
  • Massage the patient with the focus to relief tension/muscle pain
  • Basic wound care
  • Care of patient with specific problems
  • Basic First Aid
  • Understand the importance of safety and fire protection within the context of home based care
  • Support the rehabilitation of the patient by means of various interventions
  • Care for patients with hypertension
  • Care for patients suffering from terminal diseases
  • Care for a geriatric patient
  • Care for patients with mental health diseases
  • Care for patients living with diabetes
  • Care for immobile patients
  • Death and dying
  • Administration and record keeping:
    • Observations
    • Digital apparatus

Why is Carer training important?

Training is important for many reasons but the most important reason is that training helps ensure a safe care environment for everyone involved. 

Providing care for a person without proper training can result in injury not only to the Carer but also the person receiving care.

In addition, many treatable conditions can go unnoticed if the Carer is not properly trained to report changes in condition.

Finally, older adults sometimes have multiple chronic conditions that make them more susceptible to injury or illness. When cares have proper training sometimes avoidable injuries and illness can be prevented by taking simple precautionary measures. ProMedCare‘s Carers are taught not only what to look for, to detect changes in condition but also what information to report and how they are advocates for the older person and their family.

Why ProMedCare hires only trained Carers

When we appoint Carers we consider a multitude of factors.  Although home care workers may have similar knowledge and skills, they are not all the same.  Some are trained in basic skills and work at the level of companions, while others have years of training and experience and have specialised training in more advanced skills such as dementia and/or end of life.

We belief in conducting a thorough interview, as well as following up on references and conducting background checks prior to hiring Carers.  When conducting the interview, we take into account the individual’s skills, training, experience and preferences.  It is important to us that both our Carers and patients are happy and that the Carers will be most compatible for patient.


Caregiver Self Care

As a Carer the very best thing you can do for those who depend on you is to take care of yourself. In the following section of this article we want to give you as the Carer some tips on taking care for yourself.

Why is YOUR health so important?

Being a Carer requires stamina and good health.  The journey is more of a marathon than a sprint and you need to be in the best condition you can be. Taking care of you is essential to your own well-being, and is crucial for the patient’s health and comfort.

Because caregiving can be very demanding, Carers often don’t exercise enough, don’t eat a healthy diet, or delay seeking health care for themselves.  Yet the demands of caregiving are precisely why a healthy lifestyle is so important.  If you are in good physical and mental health, you will be able to handle the challenges that present each day and provide the best care possible to the patient.  If you ignore your own health, you risk becoming ill.  Maintaining your own health is an investment hat will pay off.


Keys to Staying Healthy

In this section we will take a closer look at the following actions you can take now to “take care of YOU”:

  • Eat well
  • Be physically active
  • Prevent back injury
  • Sleep enough
  • Get preventive health services

Eating Well

Nutrition affects physical and emotional health.  Proper diet helps protect the Carer from stress, while poor nutrition can lead to lower immunity and disease.  Poor nutrition leads to fatigue, illness and disease.  Small changes in diet can have benefits for health and wellbeing.

You may be asking yourself, “With a very busy schedule, how can I eat well?”  Or, “Where do I find the time to prepare a proper meal?”  Planning menus and making shopping lists ahead of time helps a lot.  It makes grocery shopping quicker and preparation time shorter.  Look for tasty, easy to prepare meals.  When you cook, make extra and freeze portions to use later.

Maintain a Balanced Diet

Here are some nutritional tips to help you maintain a balanced diet. 

Balance Calories:

  • Enjoy food but eat less
  • Avoid oversized portions

Foods to increase:

  • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables
  • Make at least half your grains whole grains
  • Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk

Foods to reduce:

  • Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread and frozen meals
  • Choose foods with lowest amount of sodium
  • Drink water instead of sugary drinks

Contact us today still

Feel free to contact ProMedCare for all your caring needs on: 0861-PROMED or 0861 77 66 33 and e-mail: office@promedcare.co.za





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