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April 7, 2022


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Are you a carer? Or do you work with a carer, or know someone who is one?

This course, Physical activity for health and wellbeing in the caring role, is designed to give an insight into the demands, both physically and mentally, of the caring role and look at how taking part in physical activity can offer benefits to the health and wellbeing of carers.

Given the demands of the caring role, the course also looks at possible ways to start incorporating physical activity into everyday life and reflects upon a number of case studies. By the end of the course you will have gained knowledge about strategies that will help you to understand how to support and improve the wellbeing of either yourself or a carer you know.

Earn this free Open University digital badge if you complete this course! The badge can be displayed, shared and downloaded as a marker of your achievement. The badge is awarded for completing the course and passing the quizzes.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • Understand the physical, psychological and emotional demands of the caring role, and the associated implications to physical and mental health
  • Describe the benefits of participation in regular physical activity on the health and wellbeing of carers
  • Identify a range of physical activity examples to improve, support and maintain individual health and wellbeing.

Course Curriculum

  • Introduction and overview 00:15:00
  • Moving around the course 00:10:00
  • What is a badged course? 00:15:00
  • Acknowledgements 00:10:00
    • Introduction 00:10:00
    • Carers and the demand for care 00:10:00
    • The role of the carer 00:20:00
    • Who are the carers? 00:15:00
    • Introducing our case studies 00:15:00
    • The physical demands of the caring role 00:15:00
    • The impact of caring on physical health 00:20:00
    • The psychological and emotional demands of the caring role 00:15:00
    • Challenges of the caring role 00:20:00
    • Implications of the caring role on mental health 00:20:00
    • Summary of Session 1 00:10:00
    • Introduction 00:10:00
    • Why should you be physically active? 00:15:00
    • The benefits of physical activity to physical and mental health 00:25:00
    • How much physical activity do you need? 00:10:00
    • Physical activity in the caring role 00:20:00
    • How to become a physically active carer 00:20:00
    • Martin’s story 00:25:00
    • Physical activity as respite 00:20:00
    • Being physically active with a care recipient 00:15:00
    • Summary of Session 2 00:10:00
    • Acknowledgements 00:10:00

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