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Caring for adults

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Caring for adults
Caring for adults

Caring for adults is an introductory course for anyone in a caring role, either paid or unpaid. It builds on what you already know to give you a better understanding of your role as a carer. It also supports your own well-being by giving you some ideas and information about looking after yourself and dealing with stress.

Caring for adults

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Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • describe the role and responsibilities of carers
  • recognise some of the basic concepts that will enable a person-centred approach to care
  • identify the different needs of a cared-for person, at different stages of their care
  • understand the impact that caring may have upon carers, and how this might be managed
  • explain some of the legal responsibilities within the caring role.

First Published: 09/09/2019

Updated: 25/06/2020

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