Eye drops, ear drops, nose drops, and nasal sprays are routinely prescribed to treat a wide variety of head-related infections and conditions. This course discusses the proper way to administer each of these products.
The mainstream health care commonly seen in western cultures is focused on medical, surgical, pharmaceutical, and technological treatment; much of the Direct Support Professional’s training is based on mainstream health care treatment. There are, however, other forms of health care that are seen as alternatives to mainstream health care. Some of these are ancient practices that have been... more
Many Direct Support Professionals will work with patients, clients, and residents who need continuing care over long periods of time, sometimes for the rest of their lives. Direct Support Professionals working in these facilities are responsible for helping the elderly and chronically ill with their special health, nutritional, and hygiene needs related to the aging process or the chronic... more
Direct Support Professionals will care for patients through many stages of the healing process. Some patients, however, suffer from illnesses that have no cure. Other patients may be very elderly, and their body is slowly shutting down. In both cases these patients are approaching death, which is the inevitable end to all human lives. It’s the role of the Direct Support Professional to see... more
Chances are Direct Support Professionals will care for many cancer patients over the course of their careers. Having a better understanding of the causes of and treatment for cancer helps Direct Support Professionals give better care to their patients, clients, and residents who will suffer from cancer. This course will teach current and future Direct Support Professionals about the impact of... more
The Direct Support Professional will care for many different types of patients, clients, and residents. Some of these people require care due to illnesses, disabilities, or the effects of old age. Some patients, though, may seem physically healthy but are still unable to care for themselves due to mental or emotional illness. This course will teach current and future Direct Support... more
The human body is a complex machine, performing best when all its parts are healthy, doing what they are supposed to do. People constantly experience internal and external forces that threaten the body’s health, which can lead to disease and illness. It is an important part of the Direct Support Professionals job to notice and report signs of disease in their patient, clients, and residents.... more
Mobility is an important part of human activity. From an early age, people have a need to move from place to place, and they learn ways to do this regardless of their physical condition. Most patients, clients, and residents are used to an active lifestyle, so they can become frustrated when they cannot move around like they did before an illness, injury, or old age set in. The Direct Support... more
All people spend a large part of each day in bed. When mobility is impaired, the simple task of getting into or out of bed can be difficult. The Direct Support Professional should understand this need, and learn to help patients, clients, and residents with their transfer needs. This course will teach current and future Direct Support Professionals several ways to assist a patient, client, or... more
Many patients, clients, and residents may have some difficulty getting out of bed, walking around, bathing, or using a wheel chair. These difficulties can lead to incidents of patient injuries when they fall or attempt to do something beyond their means. The Direct Support Professional can prevent these incidents by learning how to best position patients and how to help them move around.... more
When patients, clients, and residents are comfortable they feel calm and relaxed. Helping patients with their physical and emotional comfort is at the heart of the Direct Support Professional’s job. When patients are physically and emotionally comfortable they are better able to rest and sleep, which improves their overall wellbeing and helps the body to heal. This course will teach current... more
When health care workers effectively communicate with those they care for, it helps patients, clients, and residents feel less isolated and improves their sense of wellbeing. When they understand how the communication process works and how to effectively send and receive messages, health care workers are better able to meet the needs of those they care for. This course will teach current and... more
Community Health Care is the medical, personal, and social care that a patient or client receives from others. It might be given in a wide variety of medical facilities or it can happen in the patient’s home. People receiving this care might only need it for a short time, or they may need help for a very long time. Patients, also called clients, are referred to a facility or in-home service... more
Death is a natural process that all living beings experience. Direct Support Professionals will most likely see many patients, clients, and residents die over the course of their career. Some of these deaths will be sudden and unexpected, while others may occur after prolonged illnesses. The Direct Support Professional gives dying patients’ regular care that helps them through this difficult... more
America is a melting-pot of many religions, races, ethnicities, cultures, and beliefs from around the world. No other country in the world has as much cultural diversity as the United States does. Direct Support Professionals need to understand and respect the cultural diversity of their patients, clients, and residents. This course will teach current and future Direct Support Professionals... more
Ethical and Legal standards are the rules, morals, and laws that govern the behavior of healthcare providers and protect patients, clients, and residents. During their shift, Direct Support Professionals make many decisions and take several actions, so it is important that they understand the ethical and legal standards they must follow.
Failing to follow these standards has severe... more
Direct Support Professionals work as part of a team of health care providers. Because of this, they are involved in caring for patients, clients, or residents. In order to effectively provide high quality care, everyone on the care team must have basic knowledge of how the human body is organized. They must also be able to communicate with each other in an effective manner, without any... more
Needs are all the things a person requires to have good quality of life. Direct Support Professionals will see to the physical, emotional, and social needs of their clients, residents, and patients. They must also respect an individual’s sexuality, need for intimacy, and spiritual needs. By understanding all the things a person needs to be happy, the Direct Support Professional can better care... more
Eating is more than a basic human need; it’s a social activity where people take a break from the daily grind to catch up with family and friends on the day’s events or have a few minutes to relax. For some people, though, the joy of eating is diminished due to illnesses and digestive disorders. These people don’t get to eat food like they did when they were younger or healthier. Many of them... more
Direct Support Professionals spends the most time with their patient, resident, or client, so they are much more likely to see a change in someone’s condition. These observation need to be documented and reported to the rest of the care team. The Direct Support Professional fills this important function by learning good observation skills, understanding when a change in condition should be... more
Direct Support Professionals work in an environment that presents many physical, mental, and emotional challenges. They are expected to report to each shift having a healthy body and mind so they can present a professional image while caring for patients, clients, and residents. Practicing good personal hygiene is an important expectation for all Direct Support Professionals.
In many agencies and facilities, Direct Support Professionals are assigned to monitor vital signs for patients, clients, or residents. Doing this accurately is important, because vital sign information tells doctors and nurses specific information about a patient’s body processes. Some facilities will also have Direct Support Professionals measure and record a patient’s blood pressure, which... more
The Direct Support Professional is an important member of a health care facility or service company. They are part of a team that ensures clients, patients, and residents receive the care they need when they need it. The Direct Support Professional’s role and job description may be different based on their client’s needs and the services provided by an employer. However, this position serves... more
Infection happens when a harmful organism enters a person and grows, causing them to become sick or catch a disease. Being infected by bacteria or viruses is not healthy for anyone. For people who are sick, frail, or have a lowered immunity system, becoming infected can be deadly. Infection control is a concern in the healthcare industry, and to control infections the Direct Support... more
Anaphylaxis, also called anaphylactic shock, is a serious allergic reaction that can onset rapidly and may cause death if not immediately treated. People prone to anaphylaxis are typically prescribed an epinephrine autoinjector, like the EpiPen; an immediate injection can be the difference between life and death.