Chronic Oedema Care Workers Course

Learn how to assist the implementation of chronic oedema management strategies

Gain knowledge and skills

This course provides care workers in the community and in residential care with knowledge and skills to assist the implementation of chronic oedema management strategies

Who Should Complete this Course?

It is ideal for those working as part of a community organisation, delivering services through home care, and for residential aged care facilities.

Gain knowledge and skills

This course provides care workers in the community and in residential care with knowledge and skills to assist the implementation of chronic oedema management strategies

Who Should Complete this Course?

It is ideal for those working as part of a community organisation, delivering services through home care, and for residential aged care facilities.

Chronic Oedema Care Workers Course

As people get older their flexibility and ability to perform certain activities can be limited. Care workers have an important role in assisting clients who cannot independently manage their chronic oedema. They are an integral part of a successful management strategy.

Prerequisites

This course is open to care workers.

Chronic Oedema Care Workers Course

As people get older their flexibility and ability to perform certain activities can be limited. Care workers have an important role in assisting clients who cannot independently manage their chronic oedema. They are an integral part of a successful management strategy.

Prerequisites

This course is open to care workers.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course the participant will have a level of knowledge and competency in the following areas:

Education

  • Describe in layman’s language the role of the lymphatic system and the causes of chronic oedema.
  • Describe how to care for the skin of someone with chronic oedema.
  • List activities of daily living that may assist with reducing chronic oedema in the legs.

Exercise

  • List simple exercises that may be appropriate for someone with lower limb chronic oedema.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage

  • Demonstrate effective simple manual lymphatic drainage techniques of the lower leg.

Wraps

  • Explore the indications for compression wraps.
  • List when a client should remove a compression wrap.
  • Describe how to care for the compression wraps.
  • Demonstrate the effective application and removal of a light compression foot and leg wrap.
  • List possible ways to ensure that a leg and foot wrap is fitting correctly.

Compression Garments

  • Explore the indications for a compression garment.
  • List when a client should remove a compression garment.
  • Describe how to care for the compression garment.
  • Describe when to replace a compression garment.
  • Demonstrate the effective application and removal of a below-knee compression garment.
  • List possible ways to ensure that a compression garment is fitting correctly.
  • Demonstrate how to effectively use the Steve on and off donning aide.

Course Structure

The course is underpinned by evidence-based learning and the content reflects the current best practice in chronic oedema management. Each participant must complete each section of the course.

Self-Paced Online Learning

The self-paced online learning component is delivered via the Lymphoedema Education Solutions learning management system. This component is compulsory and will prepare the participant for the face to face session. It is estimated that it will take approximately 3 hours to complete. The modules need to be completed before the face to face session and this is a prerequisite.

Face to face component

The 3-hour practical component will enable the participants to become confident and competent in the following.

  • Applying a below-knee medical compression garment and removing it.
  • Using a donning device to put on and take off a below-knee medical compression garment.
  • Applying a foot and leg wrap and removing it.
  • Manual lymphatic drainage of the lower leg.
  • Assisting with exercise program.

The course participants will conduct this portion in their workplace so they can pair with another person who is attending the course.

Course Assessment

Assessment is included in both the self-paced learning and the face to face components of the course

Self-paced online learning assessment

The modules include formative online quizzes that participants must achieve 80%. They have 3 attempts to complete each quiz.

Face to face session

The participant must reach a level of competency in the following:

  • Applying a below-knee medical compression garment and removing it.
  • Using a donning device to put on and take off a below-knee medical compression garment.
  • Applying a foot and leg wrap and removing it.
  • Manual lymphatic drainage of the lower leg.

Course Numbers

Course numbers will be set to meet the needs of the organisation.

Course Inclusions

The cost of the course will be based on the needs of the organisation. It includes:

  • 12-month access to the chronic oedema care workers course.
  • Printed course manual for the face to face session.
  • The¬†opportunity to develop skills to assist in caring for their clients with chronic oedema. This includes skincare, manual lymphatic draining, compression wrap/garment application and removal.
  • The participant will also have 12 month access to the dedicated online resource hub which includes application videos to assist them when caring for their clients.

Certificate

Upon successful completion of the course, the participant will be provided with a course certificate for 5 hours of continuing professional development.

Recertification

Care workers must maintain the highest level of skills. The organisation will organise an annual skills review with every care worker that will be assisting with oedema management.