Whether unofficially or professionally, plenty of us are carers today. With the so-called “sandwich generation” (those in their 30s and 40s caring for both their children and their parents) growing in number every day, it’s no wonder that first aid is becoming an increasingly important skill for carers.
The ageing population is presenting carers with more challenges than ever before. Age-related conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer’s are on the rise, meaning that carers need to be prepared to deal with a whole host of potential accidents and incidents caused by confusion and other associated symptoms.
First aid training can give carers the confidence and skills they need to deal with any situation, no matter how challenging. From dealing with minor cuts and grazes to more serious conditions such as heart attacks and strokes, carers with first aid training can make a real difference.
First Aid Training for Carers of the Elderly
Whether it’s your parents or grandparents that need looking after, there are plenty of scenarios in which looking after an elderly individual may require first aid. For carers of the elderly, it is especially important to know how to deal with common age-related conditions such as falls and strokes.
Falls are one of the most common accidents that occur in the elderly population, and carers need to know how to deal with them. Over 9,000 older people die every year due to a fall, and injuries from falls are one of the leading causes of death for over-75s.
So, if an elderly relative is in your care, you need to have the first aid skills and knowledge to deal with a fall if one should occur. This includes knowing how to assess the situation and identify any potential injuries, as well as how to provide comfort and support to the individual until professional help arrives.
If you care for someone at risk of a stroke, it is also helpful to know how to recognise the signs and symptoms and what to do in the event of a stroke.
First Aid Training for Carers of Children
At the other end of the age spectrum, carers of young children also need to be prepared for any eventuality. From minor bumps and bruises to more severe accidents and illnesses, children can often find themselves in need of first aid.
The number of children attending A&E has risen dramatically over the last decade, and accidental injury is within the top three causes of death among infants aged 12 months to nine years old.
By receiving first aid training, carers and legal guardians can learn how to deal with common childhood accidents and illnesses, such as burns, breaks and strains. They will also know when to seek professional medical help and how to provide comfort and support to a child in need.
First Aid Training for Carers in Liverpool
Irrespective of whether you’re in a professional caring capacity or you care for someone in your personal life, first aid training is an essential skill for all carers.
At TL Training, we provide first aid training for carers in Liverpool and the surrounding areas. Our team of experienced and qualified instructors will provide you with all the skills and knowledge you need to deal with any first aid scenario, no matter how big or small.
We offer a range of first aid courses, including Emergency First Aid and our in-depth three-day first aid training course. Our courses are accredited by Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC) and are designed to give carers the confidence and competence they need to provide first aid in any situation.
For more information about our first aid courses for carers, you can browse our range of training courses here. Or, to book a place on one of our next available courses, call us today on 0151 343 0588.