We're always adding new eldercare resources to our system. Here we present our featured resource kits and also tell you about other new resources we've added recently.

What's New

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See the following featured Resource Kits at the bottom of this page. Anyone can view them.

Caregiving in the Home
Giving Injections at Home
Urinary Catheters for Women
Urinary Catheters for Men
Urgent Care 2
Urgent Care 1
Preventing Pressure Ulcers
Personal Hygiene — Male
Personal Hygiene — Female
Medication Safety in the Home
How to Care for the Diabetic Foot


 

Welcome


Welcome to our Alamo Caregiver Empowerment (ACE) resource center for family caregivers. This is a new online caregiver training resource provided free of charge by the Alamo Area Council of Governments to anyone living in the following South Texas counties:


Atascosa

Frio

Kendall

Wilson

Bexar

Gillespie

Kerr

Bandera

Guadalupe

McMullen

Comal

Karnes

Medina


The ACE resource center gives you an opportunity to improve your home-health-care knowledge and skills, and build your confidence in your abilities in ways that may help you feel less guilt. It will also help you enhance the quality of care you provide to your loved one and even reduce complications and hospitalizations.

We provide how-to instruction through 3-to-10 minute videos that specifically address the challenges family caregivers face day to day. You can watch the videos at the time that is most convenient for you. You can stop the video and watch it at a later time and you can review all or part of the video as often as you wish. There is no limit to the number of views.

Each month, we add more resources to help you or an elder you love live the fullest, healthiest, safest life possible. 

Currently available resource kits are listed below and viewable in the areas listed in the blue band above.

 

Our Newest Resources


Home Care
Caregiving in the Home
Giving Injections at Home
Urinary Catheters for Women
Urinary Catheters for Men
Urgent Care 2
Urgent Care 1
Preventing Pressure Ulcers
Personal Hygiene — Male
Personal Hygiene — Female
Medication Safety in the Home

Diseases
How to Care for the Diabetic Foot

 

Other Available Resources


Daily Living
Elder Home Remodeling: Case Study

Diseases
How to Manage Parkinson's at Home
How to Manage Dementia at Home
Setting Up a Home for Dementia (A)
Setting Up a Home for Dementia (B)

Rehabilitation
Introduction to Speech Therapy
Introduction to Occupational Therapy
Introduction to Physical Therapy

Legal/Financial
Health Care Power of Attorney
HIPAA Information Authorization
Intoduction to Living Wills
Introduction to DNRs
Durable Power of Attorney

Home Care
Working Effectively With an Agency
How to Choose a Home Care Agency
What to Expect from Caregivers
Infection Control in the Home
Making an Occupied Bed
Safe Bed-to-Chair Transfers
Using Oxygen in the Home
Repositioning a Person in Bed

Equipment
Introduction to Wheelchairs
Introduction to Canes
Introduction to Walkers and Rollators
Operating a Patient Lift (Hoyer)
Operating a Suction Device
Operating an Oxygen Concentrator
Operating a Homefill Oxygen System
Oxygen Cylinders versus Portable Concentrators, Changing a Regulator
Oxygen Safety
Operating an Electric Hospital Bed
Operating a Pressure-Relieving Mattress


 

Featured Resource Kits
 
 


Caregiving in the Home

When people become disabled or sick, it usually falls on their families to provide the kind of support that allows their loved ones to remain at home. This video provides an overview of how to identify homecare needs and arrange effective caregiving in the home.


Giving Injections at Home

It’s not uncommon for caregivers of older people to have to manage injections at home, especially if the patient is diabetic. This video provides an introduction to subcutaneous and intramuscular injections and demonstrates how to administer a subcutaneous injection (the type used for insulin shots).


Urinary Catheters for Women

Urinary catheters are typically used to help immobile patients empty the bladder or heal wounds susceptible to contamination with urine. This video describes the purposes of catheters, the types of catheters available for women, how to use catheters to help female patients and how to detect problems that can arise from catheter use.


Urinary Catheters for Men

Urinary catheters are typically used to help immobile patients empty the bladder or heal wounds susceptible to contamination with urine. This video describes the purposes of catheters, the types of catheters available for men, how to use catheters to help male patients and how to detect problems that can arise from catheter use.


Urgent Care 2

There are a variety of conditions common to older people that require constant vigilance and, potentially, urgent care. This video provides an overview of how to manage three additional conditions — diabetes, high blood pressure and problems resulting from the use of blood thinners.


Urgent Care 1

There are a variety of conditions common to older people that require constant vigilance and, potentially, urgent care. This video provides an overview of how to manage four of the most critical — a stroke, a heart attack, a fall with injury and a urinary tract infection.


Preventing Pressure Ulcers

People who become less mobile for any reason can become more susceptible to pressure ulcers, especially if they become bedridden for any length of time. This video reviews ways to reduce the risk of an immobile person suffering pressure ulcers.


Personal Hygiene — Male

It’s not uncommon for an older person to lose some ability to keep genital and rectal areas clean, especially if he or she becomes incontinent. When this occurs, it’s important for someone to provide assistance in an effective, considerate way, because failing to do so can lead to infection and skin problems. This video demonstrates how to clean the genital and rectal areas of a male to prevent infection and skin problems.


Personal Hygiene — Female

It’s not uncommon for an older person to lose some ability to keep genital and rectal areas clean, especially if he or she becomes incontinent. When this occurs, it’s important for someone to provide assistance in an effective, considerate way, because failing to do so can lead to infection and skin problems. This video demonstrates how to clean the genital and rectal areas of a female to prevent infection and skin problems.


Medication Safety in the Home

As older people become afflicted with more conditions and diseases, and come under the care of multiple doctors as a result, effective management of medications takes on great importance. This video reviews how to ensure patient safety in the face of medication-management challenges.


How to Care for the Diabetic Foot

Diabetics are particularly vulnerable to foot problems, especially when it comes to non-healing ulcers and loss of feeling. So it’s essential to take proper care of feet through daily inspection, washing and nail care. This video reviews how to inspect and care for diabetic feet on a daily basis.