Kerala to start a new course on specialized care at home

The government of Kerala is all set to start two new courses for home health and geriatric care. The courses will be conducted by the Kerala State Institute for Health and Family Welfare.

The courses are called Home Health Aide Geriatric Care Assistants. They will impart classes to workers under the Kudumbasree and Asha workers about taking care of the elderly and bedridden patients in their homes.

There are very few trained people in Kerala to provide specialized care to bed-ridden patients. Each chronic illness requires separate treatment. The care given to an Alzheimer’s patient is different from what is given to a patient with cancer. Keeping this in mind, the government will ensure that people are trained for providing individual and specialized care.

Applications will be invited soon once the authorities get a nod from the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. A two-month residential course will be held where the candidates will have to pay for their fees and accommodation. The qualification to apply for the course will be a Class 12 passed certificate, preferably in a science subject.

Upon completing the course, candidates will be given a certificate from the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry and the Kerala State Institute for Health and Family Welfare.

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