For those of you who follow Kenyon Connects regularly, know that Kenyon HomeCare Consulting has developed Aide University. This online platform targets aides and currently offers 9 college level courses focusing on care of those with chronic disease and conditions. Many of my colleagues have asked why I feel the need for this level of aide advanced education.
History of the Aide and the Health Care Industry
First, to help everyone understand, let me expound on the major changes affecting the health care industry over the last 45 years. When I started as a registered nurse (RN) in the 60s, nurses were the caregivers at the bedside. Some hospitals had nurse aides, but not all. Nurses did all the bedside care and most of the room cleaning since housekeeping staff was limited. In the late 60s, nurse aides were added to the caregiver mix as well as a new less trained nurse, the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Nurse aides received training in the fundamentals of care, such as bathing, ambulation assistance, care of the environment, changing the linens, etc.
Today’s Aide Training
Health care practices of today are dramatically different. Routinely, RNs no longer provide bedside care. Their responsibilities include ongoing and intermittent assessments, care planning oversight, LPN and aide supervision and implementation of orders in concert with primary providers. However, while LPN education has increased over time to prepare for the changing environment, aide training remains much the same. Today, aide training is still very basic and covers only the “fundamentals of care.” While this level of education may have worked 20 years ago, it is no longer sufficient. Who is providing the majority of patient care today, particularly in home health, hospice and private duty? It is the homecare and home health aide who receives the same 60s era basic training.
Disastrous Effects of Industry Failures
Our industry’s failure to keep up with changing practices and thus educational needs of caregivers, is having deleterious outcomes for everyone. And the client/patient, care provider, doctor, nurse, aide and payor are suffering. This became very clear as I served as an expert witness in three different cases defending aides charged with wrongful death. As I read the depositions, I realize the prosecuting attorneys and families expect aides to be more educated. And they believe aides understand the “red flags” or worsening symptoms for common diseases. Unfortunately, this is an assumption many make which is far from the truth. Aside from the damage to the aide, the bigger system failure causes premature death, frequent unnecessary hospitalizations and nursing home placements. Furthermore, these ever increasing costs could be avoided. But, only if the aide knows the symptoms of disease exacerbation and what to do with the information they observe.
Enter Aide University as a Knowledge Solution
So, for these reasons enter Aide University. Why? First and foremost, to protect the patients/clients we serve. Secondly, to safeguard our aides and finally to reduce the costs to the health care system. With the passage of the Affordable Care Act, all providers receive grades for cost reduction, care improvement outcomes and increased patient/client and staff satisfaction. How can we accomplish these goals if we continue to keep the bedside caregiver deaf and dumb? What educational elements allow aides full participation as a contributing member of the care giving team?
Next Steps With Aide University
Get ready to be part of the industry solution by providing your aides advanced education. Give the comprehensive in-depth knowledge and skills caregivers need to deliver five-star chronic disease care. As the only online continuing education program of its kind, Aide University:
- Teaches aides to recognize red flags and quickly respond to a client’s changing condition
- Provides advanced education necessary to decrease hospitalizations and trips to the ER
- Increases the value of training and lowers health care costs
- Instructs how to proactively intervene on a patient’s behalf to improve health outcomes
Call 206-721-5091 or contact us to schedule an appointment to get started today!
Category: Education & Training