Navigating the Senior Care Maze: Free Webinar from American Society on Aging

American Society on Aging (ASA) is hosting a free webinar titled:  Navigating the Senior Care Maze, as part of the Family Caregiver Support Series.

Senior care can be overwhelming for both seniors and their family members.  Understanding the costs of care, the senior care options and keeping up with the latest medical care for age-related diseases can be a full-time job and is a full-time job for professional caregivers.

Navigating the Senior Care Maze webinar will outine the critical medical information needed, including document gathering and doctor and medication mnagement so that caregivers can better manage the senior's care and be prepared for potential emergencies.

Caregivers can obtain professional caregiver training online, accessing a 10-hour online Caregiver Certification course that meets the training guidelines established in a few states which is the basic training for non-medical caregivers (caregivers who are not Certified Nursing Aides).  As more caregivers are constantly needed in the senior care industry, individuals may also learn about caregiving careers and apply for a senior care job near them.

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Senior Care Training Tools

Senior caregivers require training in order to deliver quality caregiving services and meet training requirements for licensed senior home care agencies in the states which require training.  More and more states are passing legislation to requrie standardized training for senior caregivers in order to maintain a minimum standard for care services and to protect seniors from fraudulent hire-direct scenarios.

Caregiver training also benefits the caregiver, enabling them to know the best methods for transfers, monitoring nutrition and interacting with senior's as they deal with emotional issues around aging and losing friends to death.

The Professional Association of Caregivers offers a 10-hour online caregiver training course, powered by aQuire, and meeting the skills required for training by departments of health, including the state of Illinois.

Review the caregiver training course modules and become a certified caregiver.  You may also apply for a senior caregiving job near you as a companion caregiver or Certified Nursing Aide.

 

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Illinois Caregiver Training

Senior caregiver training must include training for caring for seniors with both mental and physical challenges.  Quality senior caregivers understand how to interact with seniors who are experiencing memory loss and other age-related illnesses such as Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease.

Senior caregivers in Illinois may now take a 10-hour online course which will meet the training requirements mandated by the state for professional senior caregivers.

Aging in place has become the preferred way for seniors to grow old in America.  As Medicare only pays for short stays in a nursing homes, seniors will go back to their home after a hospital stay and receive care by a professional senior caregiver.

Illinois caregivers must now have training that requires 8 hours of education on caregiving skills.  Caregiverlist's Certified Caregiver Training program involves 10-hours of online caregiver training to meet the Illinois caregiver training requirement.

Certified Caregiver Training includes:

Duties of a Caregiver

Learn the basic scope of a caregiver's job including how to preserve your clients' safety and integrity, help with mobility and independence, and how to work within the rules and regulations that govern your job.

Communicating with Others

This 2 credit hour course will help you understand how to communicate with impaired clients, individuals with Alzheimer's or memory loss, agitated people and others in your work.

Observation, Reporting and Recording

As a caregiver your skills of observation, reporting and recording are vital to helping the rest of the care team provide the best care possible to your clients. Sharpen those skills with this class.

Providing Personal Care

Learn to capably assist a client with personal care tasks like bathing, dressing and grooming, as well as oral care, foot care and even how to give a client a gentle massage.

Promoting and Maintaining Good Mobility

Helping clients with mobility includes learning skills to safely assist with transferring, walking, range of motion and more. The goal is to keep your clients moving, while keeping them - and you - safe. This course is worth 2 credit hours.

Elimination and Toileting

This course will help the caregiver understand the entire digestive process and know what to watch for in clients to ensure good bowel and bladder function, as well as good toileting and incontinence care.

Infection Control

Good infection control starts with proper hand washing, but continues through many steps the caregiver can take. Understanding this topic will help you keep your clients - and yourself and others - as healthy as possible.

Environmental Hazards and Safety

In this course you will learn how to help create a safe, comforting environment, and how to keep it free from hazards. Creating and maintaining a safe environment is important for both you and your clients.

Basic First Aid

In this course you will learn basic first aid including, burns and poisons, heat attack and shock, chocking and falls, stoke and wounds, and other sudden emergencies.

  • Burns and Poisons
  • Heart Attack and Shock
  • Choking and Falls
  • Stroke and Wounds
  • Other Sudden Emergencies

Understanding Elder Abuse

Abuse is more than just physical. It can also be emotional, financial and sexual. Learn how to recognize and report all types of abuse and neglect, as well as how to protect yourself so that you never abuse a client in your care. This is a 2 credit hour course

Illinois legislatures passed a law in September of 2008 requiring senior home care agencies to be licensed and to provide training.  This course meets orientation training requirements for many states - including the Illinois-8 hour home caregiver training mandate. (Title 77, Ch.I, (b) Section 245.71 (d))

You may purchase the 10-hour online caregiver training course to meet Ilinois caregiver training requirements and receive a lapel pin and t-shirt.

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Caregiver Training

Caregiver training for seniors often is needed immediately.  As senior caregiving needs sometimes arise quickly, after a senior suffers a stroke or is first diagnosed with memory loss.  Family members may step-in as caregivers while professional care services are being organized.

Caregivers can become certified with the basic senior caregiving skills through a 10-hour online caregiver certification course, meeting the requirements established in a few states that require training for licensed senior home care agencies.  As the number of seniors is growing, more training requirements are being required in order to make sure seniors are receiving quality care and to eliminate fraud.

Understanding how to communicate with seniors with memory loss, safely transfer and provide for the daily activities of living are all taught as part of caregiver certification.

The full spectrum of caregiving is addressed in senior caregiver training, including understanding signs of abuse.  You may view the caregiver training modules and purchase the online caregiver training course to become certified as a senior caregiver.  You must pass the course exam at 80% in order to receive a certificate of completion.

Caregivers may begin a career by working as a companion caregiver and receive on-the-job training by a licensed senior home care agency as many seniors with memory loss only need companion care services at first.  You may apply for a part-time or full-time senior caregiver job near you.

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New York May Require Registered Nurses to Earn Bachelor's Degree

Registered Nurses in New York state may be required to earn a Bachelor's Degree within 10 years of becoming a Registered Nurse (R.N.) as part of a new bill introduced to the state legislature to help raise educational standards for nurses.

The initiative is called the "BSN in 10" and is backed by nursing associations to address the need for trained nurses even as a staffing shortage exists in some parts of the U.S.A.  It is also estimated that as nurses retire, the increase in education requirements could add to a continued shortage of qualified nurses for the aging population.

Senior care will continue to be one of the top employers as the large baby boomer population ages, while needing some care assistance as they live longer with the benefits of medical advancements.

Companion caregivers are needed to assist seniors who experience memory loss or just need some assistance with their daily activities.  Anyone with a caring personality can begin a career as a professional caregiver.  Caregiverlist provides a certified caregiver training program providing 10-hours of online training meeting state training requirements for licensed senior home care agencies.  Caregivers may then advance to become Certified Nursing Aides and continue on to become a Registered Nurse.

Anyone interested in becoming a senior caregiver can first apply for a caregiving job as a companion caregiver and review admission requirements for Certified Nursing Aide schools.  Caregivers may take a sample C.N.A. test to learn about the skills they will learn as a C.N.A.

 

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Washington State Passes Initiative 1163: Requires 75 Hours of Caregiver Training

Washington state voteres passed an initiative this week that will require 75 hours of caregiver training and FBI background checks, but there is one problem - the state does not have the money to fund this program and also already cut senior care benefits because of a budget deficit.

Meanwhile, the senior care companies already are required by law to provide training and perform background checks, which is why this same initiative which was also passed in 2008, was never implemented.  It seems a union was behind passing this new law, which would benefit them by paying them to provide the 75 hours of training and making sure the caregivers were paid for the 75 hours of training.  The SEIU, Service Employees International Union, spent more than $1 million promoting passage of this legislation.

Senior care professionals agree that quality background checks and training are necessary, but having one union behind the proposed legislation smells a bit fishy.

The governor of Washington also opposed the legislation, stating that there was a lack of money to pay for the program.

It seems there might be better solutions out there - for instance, online training is something that is scalable and affordable and could be piggy-backed with in-person training to test skills.  In addition, competency tests could be given, as certainly some career caregivers will already have much more than 75 hours of training already.  It also seems that maybe the union would partner with other senior care providers to enact something that is affordable, if they truly are going after the training requirements to support better care for seniors, rather than just to benefit their own wallets.  If they had partnered with the entire senior care industry in Washington to observe what the current requirements are and then propose solutions to existing problems, it would also proably be possible to do this in a cost-effective way.  But training is arleady required, along with background checks.

You can learn more about Initiative 1163 in Washington and we will make updates on the implementation.

 

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Initiative 1163 Requires More Training for Caregivers in Washington State

Seniors and caregivers and, well, everyone who votes in Washington state tomorrow will be presented with Initiative 1163.  Washington voters approved this initiative in 2008, but the legislature delayed implementation.  The largest contributor to promoting passing of this initiative was a union, and well, there was a problem in that there was no way to fund the costs of the new initiative, which included 75 hours of paid training for caregivers.  Oops!

What is Initiative 1163? 

A new law in Washington state which would require 75 hours of caregiver training and mandatory multi-state background checks.

Why do many senior care professionals see no need for the initiative?

Caregiver training is already required and provided for professional senior caregivers and background checks are also already conducted.  Senior care companies must also follow certain background check and hiring guidelines in order to meet their insurance coverage protections.  Caregivers moving into Washington from another state already must pass FBI fingerprint checks, as required by law.  Medical professionals already provide caregiver training.

What are the costs of implementing the new initiative?

Numbers that are anywhere from $18 million to $80 million are being tossed around.  Currently, Washington state is operating in the red - the state does not have enough money to pay for their current programs.  The Washington state legislature recently cut, earlier this year, $500 million in medical services and in-home care to seniors and adults with disabilities.

As you examine this initiative, it seems clear that it creates additional training in order to help one group, the Service Employees International Union, profit.  It creates something that is not even needed.  Outdated rules are credited with helping to bring down the automotive industry in  Detroit.  It seems with technology advances, many union initiatives also should be a thing of the past.

The Arab Spring happened because of the availability of social media - it is now that simple to move people together to advocate for change.  This is how we now communicate.  If there is not strong social movement for a cause, that should always be a red flag to look deeper.  In this case, when you look deeper, you find an old fashioned approach to making money where you set-up a government program that your group can profit from and the taxpayers fund.

Caregiver training is also now available online, allowing caregivers to take the training courses at their own pace.  As technology continues to offer new ways to communicate, we will be able to take advantage of these abilities to offer continued training and have the capability to efficiently track everything.

It seems everyone in Washington state would be better off by trying to find ways to increase the ability to give care to seniors at home, instead of spending money on items that are not needed because they already exist.

 

 

 

 

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Senior Caregiver Training: 10-Hour Certification

Caregivers for seniors must be able to demonstrate many skills in order to deliver quality care, from understanding how to manage and assist the senior with daily activities of living to managing other health care professionals and family members.

Technology now allows quality training skills to be shared with everyone online.  Caregiverlist's 10-hour online caregiver certification program enables senior caregivers to take the courses at their own pace and upon passing, receive certification as a non-medical caregiver.  This means the caregiver has learned the professional caregiving skills and can demonstrate competence by passing the exam.

Senior caregiving is very different from caring for a child, as those of us who were former babysitters and then became senior caregivers well know.  Children are suppose to obey their parents and their babysitter.  Seniors may not be accepting of care and may want to even make sure they disobey their caregiver, especially if they are in denial of their care needs or of memory loss.

Review the caregiving training and learn more about purchasing the course online.  You may also apply for a senior caregiving job in your area to gain more experience as a companion caregiver or to work as a Certified Nursing Aide.

Duties of a Caregiver

Learn the basic scope of a caregiver's job including how to preserve your clients' safety and integrity, help with mobility and independence, and how to work within the rules and regulations that govern your job.

Communicating with Others

This 2 credit hour course will help you understand how to communicate with impaired clients, individuals with Alzheimer's or memory loss, agitated people and others in your work.

Observation, Reporting and Recording

As a caregiver your skills of observation, reporting and recording are vital to helping the rest of the care team provide the best care possible to your clients. Sharpen those skills with this class.

Providing Personal Care

Learn to capably assist a client with personal care tasks like bathing, dressing and grooming, as well as oral care, foot care and even how to give a client a gentle massage.

Promoting and Maintaining Good Mobility

Helping clients with mobility includes learning skills to safely assist with transferring, walking, range of motion and more. The goal is to keep your clients moving, while keeping them - and you - safe. This course is worth 2 credit hours.

Elimination and Toileting

This course will help the caregiver understand the entire digestive process and know what to watch for in clients to ensure good bowel and bladder function, as well as good toileting and incontinence care.

Infection Control

Good infection control starts with proper hand washing, but continues through many steps the caregiver can take. Understanding this topic will help you keep your clients - and yourself and others - as healthy as possible.

Environmental Hazards and Safety

In this course you will learn how to help create a safe, comforting environment, and how to keep it free from hazards. Creating and maintaining a safe environment is important for both you and your clients.

Basic First Aid

In this course you will learn basic first aid including, burns and poisons, heat attack and shock, chocking and falls, stoke and wounds, and other sudden emergencies.

  • Burns and Poisons
  • Heart Attack and Shock
  • Choking and Falls
  • Stroke and Wounds
  • Other Sudden Emergencies

Understanding Elder Abuse

Abuse is more than just physical. It can also be emotional, financial and sexual. Learn how to recognize and report all types of abuse and neglect, as well as how to protect yourself so that you never abuse a client in your care.

Caregiverlist's Career Center provides information on working as a senior caregiver and additional training tools.

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Senior Caregiver Training Course

Caring for seniors involves many different skills.  Understanding how to communicate effectively and assist with Activities of Daily Living or ADL's. An online 10-hour course now provides caregiver certification and meets the training requirements for states where caregiver training has been set-up for licensed home care agencies.

The Caregiver Certification Course includes:

  • Duties of a Caregiver
  • Communicating with Others
  • Observation, Reporting and Recording
  • Providing Personal Care
  • Promoting and Maintaining Good Mobility
  • Elimination and Toileting
  • Infection Control
  • Environmental Hazards and Safety
  • Basic First Aid
  • Understanding Elder Abuse

Once the course is completed with quizes passed at 80%, a certificate of completion is granted.  This can be valuable training for family caregivers, as well as professional senior caregivers and assist with caregiver employment or be the beginning of training to find out if you would like to become a certified nursing aide.

 

 

 

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Certified Nursing Assistant Jobs

Senior caregivers who are interested in pursuing a career in caregiving may want to consider becoming a certified nursing assistant or C.N.A.  Certification allows for more job opportunities as nursing homes, hospitals and assisted living communities must staff a minimum number of C.N.A.'s to meet the state department of health licensing requirements.

What qualifications are needed to become a C.N.A.?
  • Caring Personality
  • High School Diploma or Equivalency Test
  • 18 years old
  • Pass Drug Test
What skills are taught in a C.N.A. training program?
  • Personal Care Skills
  • Safe Transfer Skills
  • Bathing
  • Toileting (Catheter Care)
  • Feeding
  • Managing Emotions/Personalities
All certified aides must complete a state certification exam before they are officially given their certificate.  Their training school will provide them with training in the field and a practice test.  You may take a free sample nursing aide test or practice test to learn more about the skills taught to C.N.A.'s.

You may also work as a companion caregiver while you are taking your training courses, in order to develop more skills until you pass the certification exam - you may apply for a job in your area on Caregiverlist.  Many companies will provide a tuition reimbursement and many communities also provide a stipend or scholarship or grant programs to help pay for the cost of a training course - - this is because there is an ongoing need for C.N.A.'s as the baby boomer population ages.

Research Certified Nursing Aide/Assistant training schools in your area and find out the admission requirements.  It is also a good idea to speak to their admissions department ahead of time to learn about financial aide opportunities.

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