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Elba offers disability training programs for its support workers. Our members are experts in their own personal care, therefore we provide person-centred training. Our members and their families are the ones who know their personal care routines the best. Consequently, we acknowledge this in the training of Elba’s support workers. Thus, all aspects of personal care are taught to enrich and empower members on an individual basis.
Elba’s training workshops cover all aspects of personal care. Especially relating to the member’s disability that the support worker will be supporting. Our trainer provides a person-centred training plan, which is built around each member’s needs and requirements.
The workshop covers a wide range of training designed for support workers. Specifically, it equips them in caring for each member’s individual needs and requirements e.g.
- Personal hygiene – showering, bathing
- Dressing and grooming
- Toileting, continence aids
- Uridome/sheath external catheters
- Bowel care management toilet routine
- Administration of suppositories & enemas
- Leg bag and drainage bags/bottles sterilisation
- Pressure area and skin integrity
- Medications assistance
- Spinal cord injury
- Autonomic Dysreflexia (AD)
- Household duties and domestic chores
- Meal preparation, shopping
- Transport of members requirements
- Advocate with and for the member when required
Occasionally we collaborate with other healthcare providers. Primarily to ensure our member’s best interests are always at the core of the training. Additionally, our goal is to promote our member’s well-being and independence. Thus, a positive working relationship with our support workers is critical.
Specialised Training Offered by Elba Includes:
Manual Handling – we hold this in Elba’s training room where we have a bedroom set up. We use this to train and demonstrate safe methods and principles of manual handling. This includes transfers – wheelchair, commode, hoist, sideboard, slide sheet.
New support workers are provided with as much insight into the potential needs of the individual member as possible. We design it to minimise the risk of a workplace injury and to keep our members and support workers safe. The workshop covers Occupational Health & Safety education, implementation of safety, and health standards. This is while working in a member’s home, which is also the support worker’s workplace.
Cert III & IV – while not a training course run by Elba, HealthLink (a Registered Training Organisation) permanently book the Elba training room. Once a fortnight they deliver their training packages in disability care and manual handling. All HealthLink trainers have industry experience and are highly qualified in training and assessment for each qualification. Additionally, many of Elba’s support workers have completed courses offered by Healthlink including certificates in
- CHC33015 Certificate III Individualised Support – Disability
- CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability
First Aid – Elba regularly holds Senior First Aid training. Notwithstanding, we ensure our support workers are up to date with their first aid qualifications. This training is held in our offices and is run by Safety Corp – a qualified facilitator.
Elba works closely with our members to maintain their health, general well-being, and independence. Unquestionably, our aim is to minimise the member’s time spent in the hospital by assisting (at their discretion) in the member’s care. Furthermore, we always encourage early intervention strategies if required, by working with the member, their family, and stakeholders in community care.