This project recognizes that American Samoa's aging population is not only experiencing the normal difficulties of aging, but they are also afflicted with the complications of non-communicable diseases such as Parkinson's disease, autoimmune diseases, strokes, most heart diseases, most cancers, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, Alzheimer's disease, cataracts, and others.
We also recognize that, often times, spouses, parents, grandparents or children with severe disabilities must rely on family members for 24-hour home care. Moreover, loved ones assume the role of caregiver without any formal training or education on how to ensure home care is being provided properly and appropriately, depending on the persons physical, mental, social and emotional needs.
Project Tausi Feagaiga partnered with the Diocese Samoa Pago Pago Hope House Home for the Elderly and University of Hawaii to deliver a 5-year training and employment program specifically to meet the training and educational needs of Community and Home-based Caregivers. Year One focused solely on volunteers and staff of Hope House. In Years 2-4, we expanded this training to allow for up to 25 Community Volunteers or participants who are currently providing home care in their own home to participate at no cost.
This allows us to expand the reach of the training to help home caregivers improve the quality of care provided in the home and thereby reduce hospital re-admissions and hopefully, enable our elderly and disabled population to live longer healthier lives with dignity and grace.
This project is funded through an award from the US DHHS Administration for Native Americans SEEDS Program and supported through technical assistance provided by Ka'ananiau, the ANA Pacific Regional TTA Center www.anapacificbasin.org.
If you are interested in becoming a trained Community and Home-based Caregiver, please submit your completed application with a government issued I.D. before Monday, January 6, 2020. Scroll down for the downloable application!
Learning Objectives: a) understand the general principles in caring for the elderly/disabled; b) strengthen the cultural aspects of care-giving in American Samoa and c) increase knowledge on the physical changes associated with aging and living with a disability.
Learning Objectives: a) learn strategies to prevent falls at home; b) training on gait and transfers and c) proper use of durable medical equipment such as canes, walkers and wheelchairs.
Learning Objectives: a) understand the World Health Organization (WHO) approach to pain management; b) learn non-pharmacological approaches to managing difficult behaviors; and c) improve communication with persons who have Dementia.
Learning Objectives: a) learn importance of proper hygiene; b) increase confidence in performing activities of daily living; and c) competence in giving a bed bath.
Learning Objectives: a) understand the importance of oral care and dental hygiene; b) learn dietary recommendations for chronic diseases; and c) describe strategies to stimulate appetite for disabled/elderly with poor appetite.
Learning Objectives: a) increase knowledge on prevention of bed sores; b) learn signs and symptoms of heart attack and stroke; and c) understand common medical problems affecting the disabled/elderly.
Learning Objectives: a) describe stress management strategies; b) recognition of caregiver burnout; and c) increase knowledge of resources available for disabled and elderly caregivers in American Samoa.
Important Information to Remember:
Deadline to apply for the training: Monday, January 6, 2020
Program Orientation will be at the Hope House Atrium: Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 5:00 pm
On-Site Instruction provided by the University of Hawaii Medical Team: January 10-16, 2020
On-Site Practicum & Experiential Learning at Hope House: Begins February, 2020
~ High school diploma or equivalent
~ Bilingual in both English and Samoan
~ Commitment to complete all hours of training and education required by the project.
~ Skills and knowledge in providing proper care for elderly and severely disabled individuals
~ Access to professional expertise in geriatric and end of life care
~ Hands-on, practical training experience
~ Opportunity to provide contracted Community & Home-based Care-giving for those in need
How to Apply:
Complete the downloadable application and submit to the PYCD Office in Malaeimi with a copy of your government issued ID card. You may submit in person or via fax to 808-441-0131 or scanned via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Call the office at 699-7923 for questions or more information.
Training Participant demonstrating how to properly turn a patient/resident