Care for the elderly in the COVID-19 era


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Older people are especially more vulnerable to COVID-19. Research is showing that adults 60 and older, especially those with pre-existing medical conditions, like heart disease, lung disease, diabetes or cancer are more likely to have severe — even deadly — coronavirus infection than other age groups. Probably one of the worst fears for caregivers in old age homes caring for the COVID-19 patient is to get exposed to the novel coronavirus and infected other patients and family.  This course is designed to rapidly develop the competency of caregivers at old age homes. This course focusses on  provision of care for COVID-19 patients  in old age homes, when to refer patients, keeping care givers safe through the correct  use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), nutrition, palliative  and how to produce own PPE when not available.  

Who Should Enrol

Caregivers in old age homes or caring for the elderly

Learning Outcomes

To ensure that  that caregivers in old age homes have the required knowledge and skills to provide effective care to people with COVID, required nutrition, paliative care and the required skills to use/create PPE inorder to keep themselves safe and contribute to mimimilizing the impact of the pandemic in old age homes.

On completing this course, a participant will be able to:

  • Understand the symptoms, testing, and prevention of COVID 19
  • Explain the components of care during COVID 19
  • Apply patient care principles 
  • Coordinate mental health support and care for the COVID - 19 patient
  • Understand the requirements of nutrition and COVID – 19
  • Explain palliative care
  • Understand the different methods of protection against COVID 19
  • Understand how to make their own protective clothing (cloth masks, face shields, hand sanitizer, disinfector, aprons and protective gowns) 
  • Understand when a patient can exit care

Course Design

The short course in caring for the elderly COVID-19 patient in care is a part-time e-learning course that participants can complete at their own time and pace. 

Course Duration

To complete the course will take 16 hours. Participants will have three months after registration to complete the course. 


This course has been made available through generous sponsorship from Nestlé.


Please note: By registering for this course you agree to sharing your contact details with the sponsor of this training programme.


FPD will award successful participants with a certificate of completion


For more information or to register, please contact

Tel: +27 87 821 1109 


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