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Home Care Course

The following Home Care Courses were developed at Florida State University under the guidance and direction of the Department of Health, Office of Public Health Nursing.

The training materials are used to prepare the public on how to practice basic self-care, in the event of a pandemic or other emergency. The curriculum offers information on how to conduct a basic health assessment as well as guidelines for distinguishing major from minor health related signs and symptoms. It is important for you to be able to care for yourselves at home, it is also important to know when to call for help.

The training materials can be used to educate all areas of the community. Examples include Assisted Living Facilities, religious congregations, office gatherings, day care centers, PTA meetings, flu clinics, Medicare and Medicaid meetings or offices, or any other opportunities where community members may gather.

The following materials are in PDF format. If you do not have Acrobat Reader, there is a link provided for you at the right for your convenience.

For more information contact the Florida Department of Health, Office of Public Health Nursing at (850) 245-4746 or visit the department's Web site at