MPI Training Programme for Elderly Care Assistant

MPI Training Programme for Elderly Care Assistant

SIBU: The upcoming cohort of MPI Training Programme for Elder Care Assistant from 3 April to 6 May 2023

With an increasing ageing population and the advancement in medical science, human life expectancy is prolonged. The Methodist Pilley Institute offers a Training Programme for Elderly Care Assistant to help address the expanding nursing demands of an ageing society. The objective of this training programme is to prepare potential carers to manage and care for old people. Basic body needs, body anatomy, infectious disease and control, fall risk and prevention, mobility and transfer skills, CPR training, first aid, introduction to bedsores and prevention, bed sore dressings and management, nutrition for the elderly, personal hygiene, toileting, introduction to basic nursing knowledge and skills are the topics covered in the programme.

Angel Ling Mei Jun, like the majority of her classmates, plans to continue her tertiary education in universities abroad in 2020 after graduating from Guang Ming Middle School Sibu in 2019 with a UEC Senior Middle Three qualification. Due to her family’s financial struggles, she was unable to study abroad because she could not afford to pay the high tuition fees and living cost. In addition, the travel restrictions caused by COVID-19 epidemic prevented her from continuing her education as originally intended, therefore she later decided to give up the ideas of pursuing her studies abroad. “The course counsellor from Methodist Pilley Institute came to my school to share about further education at MPI just as I was about to give up hope for further study. I find the learning of theories less appealing to me, it may be that I find them difficult to fully understand and apply, or it may be that theoretical information is occasionally difficult to link to real-world experience, but I personally prefer the more practical approach to learning rather than the study of theory. As a result, this programme from MPI offers the kind of education I want to have. I am able to put everything I’ve learned from my practicum to use and even envision how to approach the situation more specifically. In order for me to do my job more effectively, this programme has given me a wealth of knowledge and insight about caring for the elderly, which may appear straightforward but involves many intricate considerations.”

Mei Jun is currently employed by Bright Care Centre, a home elderly care company as a carer. Mei Jun claimed that she personally detests the daily nine-to-five job, which occasionally necessitates spending a lot of time in front of a computer, has a lot of complicated work content, and even involves dealing with intricate interpersonal interactions. Nonetheless, the tasks involved in providing nursing care for the elderly are often straightforward and uncomplicated, and the work she undertakes can also be chosen and determined according to one’s ability. The elderly are essentially the primary focus of the profession, thus all of her attention should be on ensuring their daily needs are met. Mei Jun decided to make taking care of the elderly her profession because she thinks that many people only concentrate on taking care of small children and frequently overlook the need for the same care for the elderly.

Mei Jun stated that the needs of the elderly are what drive the effort of providing geriatric care. Since Mei Jun began working after graduating, she has dealt with a variety of nursing issues because every senior citizen is unique in their personality and physical condition. But they will all go through the process of old age, sickness, and death. They will start to lose some of their fundamental self-care skills and will require assistance from others. The information gained from the Training Programme for Elderly Care Assistant can be used in life as well as in the workplace. For instance, it’s important to monitor blood pressure and blood sugar closely in senior patients with high blood pressure and high blood sugar. Even if such illnesses do not affect the elderly, this component can still be employed as a basic life check. The carer might not be able to accurately use the instrument and interpret the instrument data if it is not covered in the course.

“Furthermore, elderly persons who are bedridden for an extended period of time can develop bed sores, which can be avoided. In the beginning, bed sores resemble little wounds, but if they are not properly cleaned and treated, the effects on the affected area would be unfathomable. When bed sores are severe, even the bones can be exposed, and the affected area smells horribly foul and looks like carrion.” The first elderly patient with whom Mei Jun began her nursing employment had his limbs amputated because of bedsores. The course covers wound care and teaches students how to treat various type of wounds. Older persons who have been bedridden for a long time are unable to take a bath or take care of their personal hygiene needs on their own.  The programme also teaches how to clean the bodily parts.

Everyone will become old one day, said Mei Jun.  Many people are terrified of getting along with the elderly. Because the general public has two preconceived notions about the elderly: one is pleasant and approachable, and the other is rude and difficult to approach. “Any kind of elderly people, whether it be our parents, grandparents, or others who are close to us, are we ready to provide for them as best we can when they approach old age? It is preferable to engage a professional carer if you need to hire someone to take care of them but are unsure if they are properly trained. Taking care of the elderly is not a task of no significance to be looked down upon. I encourage more secondary school leavers to join this profession and assist in providing care for the elderly.”

The objective of MPI Training Programme for Elderly Care Assistant is to train those interested in caring for the elderly to provide the critical elderly health care that is required in today’s society so that elderly parents at home can receive the right care and live a healthy, happy life in a welcoming environment. The next cohort for MPI Training Programme for Elderly Care Assistant is scheduled from 3 April and 6 May 2023.  Lessons are conducted from Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at MPI Campus. Bahasa Mandarin is used as the language of instruction for this cohort. The programme is approved by Ministry of Education Malaysia.  No entry requirement for admission is needed to enroll this course. For more information and course enquiries, please call 084322268 or send WhatsApp messages to 01155568806.