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This week, the Continuing Education (CE) Division of Palau Community College (PCC) hosted the Family Care-Giving “Train-the-Trainer” Workshop. The workshop was taught by Dr. Ritabelle Fernandes, Dr. Shellie Williams, Dr. Sylvia Osarch, Dr. Lam Nguyen, Dr. Bret Flynn, Rufina Takashi, and Jason Nolan.
The four-day workshop was sponsored by the Palau Ministry of Health (MOH), Palau Community College (PCC), and the Pacific Islands Geriatric Education Center – University of Hawaii. It covered lessons about adult learning and the different aspects of care-giving, such as caring for the elderly. The workshop also focused on integrating local culture with the care-giving topics.
The CE Care-Giving Program provides basic training for individuals interested in caring for home-bound bedridden patients, especially those of old age. Since June 2013, numerous individuals have participated in the program. A basis for the program was provided by Dr. Ritabelle Fernandes of the Geriatric Education Center at the University of Hawaii. Geriatrics is a field of medicine that deals with the healthcare of elderly individuals.
The focus of the Family Care-Giving “Train-the-Trainer” Workshop was to provide workforce development that will allow trainers to conduct family care-giving courses. Registration was free and opened to interested individuals in the community. The workshop began on Monday, February 10, 2014 and ended on Thursday, February 13, 2014.
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