Caregivers prefer a blended learning solution that combines the best aspects of hands-on training and e-Learning. Here’s why—and how you can get started.
As the lettuce began to wilt in the sub sandwiches neatly piled on the catering tray, I realized no one was coming to the inservice meeting I’d planned. Honestly, I knew no one would show when I was alone in the conference room at 4:05—just five minutes past the scheduled start time. Still, I waited. At 4:35, I covered the sandwiches and left.
This was early in my nursing career, and as a new training supervisor for a growing home care agency, I was facing an uphill battle. The training schedule, which was planned long before I came on board, was outdated, redundant—and frankly—not fun.
As it turned out, a previous training supervisor had spent hundreds of hours copying information off the internet and cobbling it together into what passed as “inservices” to regulators. No one bothered to update the content over the years or to confirm that it was even accurate. It was not. And to make matters worse, the material copied was created for nurses, therapists, and even patients. None of it was written with the caregiver in mind. And the caregivers were sick of it.
I needed a way to engage and excite my team. I was passionate about continuing education, lifelong learning, and professional development. I knew that if I could just convey this to my team, they’d get hooked—just like I was.
What’s the root of the problem?
There’s no doubt, trying to coordinate training for a team of caregivers in home care is a monumental challenge.