First Aid for Over 60s




First Aid for Over 60s

This course is designed to give you the theoretical knowledge needed to help an older person a medical emergency. It is an ideal course for home carers to learn how to confidently help when older people fall or have accidents and illnesses. The course covers topics such as the recovery position, choking, falls, heart attacks, drowning and much more.

It is impossible to cover all eventualities within this course, or to equip you with the knowledge and skills to appropriately diagnose and treat in unpredictable real life situations. If you suspect serious illness or injury, you should always seek immediate professional medical advice.

The course consists of illustrated step by step directions, flow charts, diagrams, videos and test yourself sections fully compatible with all computers and mobile devices. You will be able to stop and start as often as you like and print your Certificate on completion. You will have continuous access to the course for 12 months.

The author has made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information contained within the course, however this course is merely a guide and the author does not accept any liability or responsibility for any inaccuracies or for any mistreatment or misdiagnosis of any person, however caused.

The course material has been written by Emma Hammett, qualified nurse, first aid trainer and founder of First Aid for Life in conjunction with other medical and first aid professionals. If you have any queries concerning this course, please contact [email protected]

Course Contents:

Action in an emergency

Keep yourself safe

Priorities of treatment

Preparing for an emergency

Helpful information

What to put in your first aid kit

Information to give the emergency services

Role of the first aider

The primary survey – how to help in an emergency





Unresponsive and breathing

Recovery position

How to put someone into the recovery position

Secondary survey

Heart attack and angina

Heart attacks


Unconscious and not breathing


Hygiene during CPR

Compression-only resuscitation


Breathing problems


How to help a choking adult


How to help a drowning casualty


What causes asthma

How to help in an asthma attack

Panic Attacks and hyperventilation

Anaphylactic shock

Wounds and bleeding

Bites and stings



Breaks, sprains and dislocations

Head injuries

What to look for and what to do

Suspected brain injury

Compression and concussion

Skull fracture

Strokes and transischaemic Attacks

Spinal injuries


Extremes of body temperature

Heat exhaustion

Heat stroke


Medical conditions


Low blood sugar/Hypoglycaemia

Useful advice

Accident forms

Final lesson, quiz and certificate