Residential Housing and Community Living Certificate

This Certificate focuses on the core knowledge, skills, and values needed to work effectively with older adults in residential housing or living at home in the community. Social service providers play a critical role in helping older adults enhance the quality of their lives and in supporting them to remain active and independent in the community. This Certificate explores the resources needed for and barriers to aging in place, how to promote independent living with ignoring safety, and supportive housing options and programs.

Training Program Cost: $325.00
Typical number of CEUs: 22

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Core Issues in Aging and Disabilities

This two-part course provides information that will help you understand how disability and age can affect a person’s quality of life. You will be interacting with a wide range of people who need services to help them maintain independence in the community. The consumers with whom you work may include younger people with disabilities and older adults who may have chronic medical conditions, psychosocial issues and functional limitations, as well as interacting with their families, friends, and extended network of care and support. It is important to develop competencies that reflect your understanding of the goals of long-term service and support programs, and the communities they serve. Among those competencies are the values, knowledge, and skills required to work with older adults and adults living with disabilities.

Assessment with Older Adults and Persons with Disabilities

With this course you will learn how to determine the long-term living needs of older people and other adults of any age who have functional disabilities and want to live in the community, either at home or in some other residential setting. More and more states are now developing community-based support programs aimed at this diverse population. The course looks at assessment as a process where practitioners work in partnership with consumers to understand what is required to meet his or her goals for independent living.  It includes information on the physical, mental, emotional, familial, and social conditions that might be acting as barriers to realizing those hopes and goals and how to work to address those barriers to create a person centered plan.

A Guide to the Aging and Disability Networks

This course is intended to acquaint workers with the variety of services available to older adults and people with disabilities through programs funded and supported by federal and state governments and administered by state and local agencies. By the conclusion of this course, you should be able to help the people who come to you for assistance, determine what they are eligible for that meets their particular needs, and to navigate the aging and disability networks.

Aging in Community

From boomers to the oldest old, surveys of older adults show that most want to remain as independent as possible, at home rather than in an institutional setting. And, as the Affordable Care Act shows, policy makers are increasingly recognizing the importance of community-based options as an economical and effective means of providing long-term care. This course provides an overview of the emerging issues of aging in place, the benefits and challenges, with a focus on the role of the social service practitioner. Learners will gain a broad understanding and practical skills, including how to find a balance between safety and independence for the older adult in the community.

Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation

In the face of ethical and legal mandates, practitioners must be able to recognize the signs of abuse, neglect, exploitation, and self-neglect that they encounter among older adults in their work, and must be able to follow up appropriately. Reports of elder abuse appear to be on the rise, with occurrences in a range of different settings, from private residences and senior centers to nursing homes, hospitals, and assisted-living facilities. This course provides an understanding of abuse and neglect in its various forms, the signs and symptoms, reporting requirements, and how practitioners can work with Adult Protective Services and the other legal, medical, and community agencies that deal with this difficult and complex issue.

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