June 26, 2017- The first group to complete the 2017 Caregiver Training was recognized on Friday, June 16, 2017. Participants were awarded

with Certificates of Completion to commemorate their efforts in learning about the proper methods of care for homebound patients. The training was supported by the Republic of Palau Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Palau Community College Continuing Education (PCC CE) Department.


In 2013, the PCC CE Department offered its first caregiver training session. Dr. Ritabelle Fernandes from the Geriatric Education Center of the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii had provided a basic model for the program. Geriatrics is defined as a field of medicine that focuses on the healthcare of elderly individuals. The training adapted a design from geriatrics and tailored the techniques to fit Palau’s social/family construct.

The 2017 Caregiver Training focused mainly on proper care & attendance for bedridden or homebound patients. Topics of discussion included personal hygiene, physical care, and food preparation. Participants also learned about the normal aging process and the proper methods of care for a patient going through its stages. The training also emphasized on the importance of self-care for the caregivers. Caregivers had to learn how to assess their basic needs in order to find balance between caregiving duties and personal care. Being aware of their personal needs allowed caregivers to properly attend to their patients without feeling overwhelmed by emotional and physical stresses.

Instructor for the 2017 Caregiver Training was Dr. Sylvia Osarch. Dr. Osarch has been involved with numerous activities that focus on homebound care and geriatrics. Her dedication in the field has been vital in providing the participants with first-hand experiences about homebound patient care. Dr. Osarch was assisted by Dr. Louisa Santos from the MOH Oral Health Division, MOH Rehabilitation Technician Johnmark Olkeriil, Nurse Carolina Tukana, and Nurse Amos Solomon. The first session for the 2017 Caregiver Training was held from Monday, June 12, 2017 to Friday, June 16, 2017.

The Ministry of Health would like to recognize all the participants who completed the first session. Training for the next batch began on Monday, June 26, 2017 and will continue until Friday, June 30, 2017. Only a few participants are currently enrolled in the 2017 Caregiver Training and the Ministry of Health greatly encourages all who are interested to sign up for the program.

For more information about the 2017 Caregiver Training, please contact the PCC Continuing Education Department at (tel): 488-6223. The program is free and open to all interested individuals. [/restrict]