How do you become a senior caregiver? As long as you naturally have a caring personality and an appreciation for the aging journey seniors are dealing with (a journey we all hope to be fortunate enough to make someday), then you just need to educate yourself on some proven skills that make caregiving a positive experience for both the senior and the caregiver.
The Professional Association of Caregivers assists you to learn the basic caregiving skills with an online course while keeping up with senior care industry news and you'll receive a t-shirt and lapel pin along with the training. You may also apply for a caregiving job on Caregiverlist to begin working as a companion caregiver.
Senior caregiving requires many skills to enable the care delivered to be successful for both the caregiver and the senior and their loved ones. Understanding basic skills for how to safely transfer, bathe and dress a senior along with knowing eldercare laws for privacy of information and elder abuse are all needed skills. Understanding age-related illnesses and how they progress, symptoms and treatments enable the caregiver to better provide care for the senior and better understand what they are experiencing.
Memory loss caregivers must understand the different types of memory loss in order to know how to manage the care.
Take online caregiver training to meet certification requirements in your state and to better assist as a family caregiver.
This week the Wall Street Journal reported that the senior home care sector has grown by 6.6% annually for franchise businesses, which is faster than the 2.6% compound annual growth rate for the franchise industry. Americans are aging, living longer, and choosing to age in their homes.
Caregivers, however, are still in demand, by these hiring senior care companies. Many people do not realize that senior care is an industry and that caregiving is a profession.
Join the Professional Association of Caregivers to receive online caregiver certification training, a t-shirt and lapel pin and become involved with a community of senior care executives who support "caring for the caregiver". Part-time and full-time job positions are available and companies hire new caregivers weekly to keep up with the quick turnaround required as seniors never plan ahead for senior care. States are also passing legislation requiring minimum training for professional caregivers and you can also learn about the state caregiver training requirements. Students and early retirees can enjoy working as a caregiver to earn income while also providing a fulfilling service.
Join Professional Association of Caregivers to begin your career.
American women could not vote when Jerry (Geraldine) Emmett was born. But last night she marked her spot in history by announcing Hillary Clinton as the first female candidate nominated for president by a major political party in the U.S.A. Ms. Emmett has been an active member of the Democratic party for many years and claims life-long allegiance as she continues to live a long life! She arrived in Philadelphia to make the historic announcement of Hillary's nomination in person.
Regardless of which political party you are a member of or which candidate you support, appreciating the freedoms we enjoy and the ability to be recognized as someone still contributing to the world at age 102 deserves recognition and admiration.
There are still countries where women cannot drive, cannot vote, cannot own a business and cannot wear a bikini.
May we American women always maintain these freedoms and cheers to Jerry Emmett for reminding us that we are lucky to be aging in the U.S.A.!
Seniors, caregivers and families can learn how sharing a senior's life story can benefit everyone in the family. Gloria Vanderbilt, socialite, heiress, artist, entrepreneur, actress and mother shares how she began the conversation about her life with her son, newsman Anderson Cooper in this new documentary.
Nothing Left Unsaid profiles Gloria's life and how she has navigated being in the spotlight since the day she was born. Her life story will leave you inspired to stay positive and keep on living, as she is doing, as you are aging, while appreciating the lessons learned along the way.
You can catch this documentary tonight, April 29th, at 9 p.m. Eastern Time on CNN and it also will continue to air on HBO. You will not be disappointed.
Anderson Cooper, one of her 4 sons, shares that there were many things he did not know about his Mother until they began the deeper conversation. Begin to ask your senior loved ones about their life stories and go deeper to ask "why" to learn more about who they really are and how they became the person you know.
One really interesting item Anderson shared was that his mother earned more money than she inherited. He chooses to not inherit any money as he says he sees that many are not motivated to develop their passions when they do not have to earn a living. Gloria Vanderbilt continues to develop her passions and we compliment her for promoting this documentary and sharing her story with us at age 92. And also thank her for bringing us designer jeans with a little bit of stretch in them!
Anderson Cooper with his Mom, Gloria Vanderbilt
How do you talk to someone with Alzheimer's Disease?
How do you begin a conversation with someone with dementia?
These are common questions asked by caregivers for those with memory loss. Alzheimer's disease affects a person’s communication skills which leads to difficulty with concentrating, thinking clearly, remembering names and topics of conversation and causing confusion. As the illness gets worse so do these problems.
Caregivers that are taking care of Alzheimer’s patients may have a client with one or more of these challenges and should become trained in how to communicate effectively when interacting with someone with memory loss (online caregiver training courses include information on activities for seniors with memory loss and communication skills).
How to Communicate with someone with Memory Loss:
Always talk to Alzheimer’s patients from the front - approaching them from behind may startle them
Use a gentle and relaxed tone
Identify yourself each day (hey may not remember you every day so don’t be offended by this)
Ask questions with “yes” or “no” answers and avoid lengthy sentences which may overwhelm them
Give patients extra time to respond to better understand what you have said
Alzheimer's patients tend to copy people’s actions so use positive body language
Be patient and supportive and expect that they may not always cooperate with you
Use positive encouragement such as “good job” or “you’re doing great”
Always call your patient by their name and be respectful
Help them feel like the healthy adult that they once were
Go with the flow.....meet them where they are each day
Caregivers should remember that communicating with someone with Alzheimer's disease requires understanding, good listening skills, and most importantly, patience. Caregiverlist provides a caregiver training course for Alzheimer’s disease care that caregivers can take to learn more about helping people with the Alzheimer’s.
The Caregiver Stress Relief Photos of the Week also are nice conversation starters and a way to just sit back, relax and enjoy the view. Think of a common activity that you can keep as part of the routine each day, as a way to consistently have a conversation ice-breaker. Photos are one way to have daily conversation starters.
Senior care costs are not covered by Medicare, the health insurance for America's seniors. Only short-term stays in a nursing home, after a major medical event, are covered. This means everyone must plan ahead for the possibility of caregiving needs as they age. Insurance actuaries estimate all of us will need some senior caregiving services for at least 2 years.
Caregiving for someone with memory loss, called "dementia" can be one of the longest journeys and cost the most. A new conversation around how we want to age has begun, with the book "Being Mortal" igniting many conversations on the topic. Aging is part of living and so is dying. Understanding the benefits Medicare does and does not provide is part of creating a healthy aging plan.
Retirement planning must include planning for how to pay for the costs of senior care
. Perhaps a senior will only need caregiving services for a short period of time while recovering from surgery such as hip replacement or a stroke. However, it is healthy to accept that part of aging includes our bodies, and sometimes our minds, will no longer regenerate cells and perform as when we were younger. This is natural. Or as the song says "that's life"!
Learn about the costs of senior care and how to structure a caregiving financial plan
with a complimentary telephone consultation provided by Transamerica and download their free caregiving guide
. Start talking with your family members about how you would like to both pay for and receive care as the gift of a long life presents itself.
Alzheimer's disease continues to impact us, with the most recent discussions around Super Bowl this week where the Denver Bronco's team owner will not be attending the game due to his battle with Alzheimer's disease. We still do not know how to cure Alzheimer's disease and the only way to get closer to both a prevention and cure for this disease is to study the brains and behaviors of those who both do and do not have the disease. The financial impact of caring for seniors with Alzheimer's disease already is in the billions of dollars, as both our public tax dollars, through Medicare and Medicaid, and private funds go towards caring for these seniors.
You can assist in finding a cure for this disease by spreading the word about the A4 study, funded by the National Institute on Aging, Eli Lilly and Company and several philanthropic organizations. The University of Southern California Alzheimer's Therapeutic Research Institute is coordinating the A4 study and seeking participants who are NOT DIAGNOSED with Alzheimer's disease yet.
Senior caregivers and seniors can learn more about this study and join or refer a friend to join the study. Visit the website to learn more and find a location near you and just send an email to the contact to begin the application process. The eligibility requirements for this clinical trial for Alzheimer's disease are below.
- Age 65 to 85 years old
- Healthy (Normal) Thinking Ability and Memory
- Study Partner with Minimum Weekly Contact with You to Answer Questions Annually
- Willing to Receive IV Infusions of Treatment or Placebo for 36 Months (36 Monthly Infusions)
- Agree to Have Health Monitored During Study
- Health monitoring includes memory and thinking tests, ECG's, PET scans, MRI scans, blood and urine tests
- Already Receiving Treatment for Alzheimer's disease
- Current Diagnosis with Serious or Unstable Illness
- Reside in a Skilled Nursing Facility of Nursing Home
Caregivers assisting seniors with memory loss can take an online caregiver training course to learn more about positive ways to manage caregiving for memory loss diseases and learn about the various types of memory loss diseases.
Alzheimer's disease, which causes memory loss involving forgetting person, place and time, has been diagnosed in 44 million people worldwide. This month, as the Denver Broncos compete in the Super Bowl, they will strive for their NFL championship as their owner, Pat Bowlen, continues to battle Alzheimer's disease. The Bowlen family did plan ahead effectively and the football team was securely placed in a family trust years before the announcement of Pat's Alzheimer's disease diagnosis.
It was in 2009 that Bowlen's memory loss was first discussed with a newspaper columnist and in 2010 he no longer played a role in the team's business decisions. His family will attend Super Bowl 50 but he will not (he is the father of 7 children).
The cause of Alzheimer's disease is still unknown, and the Denver Bronco's owner certainly engaged his brain in activity throughout his life, as he was also an attorney and involved in other business interests, in addition to having the challenge of operating a successful NFL franchise.
Recently Congress approved more funding to research Alzheimer's disease, which the Alzheimer's Association estimates costs the U.S. $226 billion in caregiving in 2015 as 5.3 million Americans live with the disease (1 in 9 Americans over the age of 65).
Regardless of which team you are cheering for in the Super Bowl, take the time to learn how you can become more involved in the fight against Alzheimer's disease. Plan ahead for your senior care needs and if you are interested in becoming a senior caregiver, either part-time or full-time, take an online caregiver training course to begin working as a caregiver as more caregivers are needed to assist with caring for America's growing number of seniors.
Senior caregiver training classes are now required in several states in order to provide a minimum standard of caregiving services for seniors along with protections for both the senior and the caregiver.
California's recent passage of the Home Care Consumer Protection Act requires caregivers there to receive 5 hours of training which include a minimum of 2 hours orientation training regarding the role of a caregiver and expectations as a caregiver employee (such as standard policies and procedures) + 3 hours of safety training encompassing basic safety precautions, emergency procedures and infection control. This total of 5 hours of training for senior care prior to working with a senior client must then be followed by 5 hours of annual training for any items considered to be a core competency.
Digital caregiver training classes are acceptable for California's caregiver training along with most other states, as the ability to study the text, accompanied by videos and audio, delivers a superior training format.
Keep in mind that senior caregiving skills cover a wide variety of topics and many college-educated individuals, without training, can easily fail the online caregiver training courses.
While basic caregiving skills include items many of us would think of, such as how to safely transfer a senior from a bed to chair, how to manage a clean environment, how to communicate with someone with memory loss, there are many more skills needed to successfully deliver senior care in a home caregiving environment, such as:
- Managing Family Dynamics
- Maintaining Care Plan Notes
- Understanding Signs of Dementia
- Emergency Planning
- Caregiving for Hospice (Dying) Seniors
- Universal Infection Control and Precaution
- Recognition of Abuse (Emotional, Physical, Financial)
- Proper Nutrition
Caregiving for seniors
can be very complicated and is much different than caring for children. Obtaining a basic caregiver training certification
enable anyone with a caring personality to become a senior caregiver. Consider becoming a certified caregiver and applying for a job position
as a caregiver in your area as more part-time and full-time senior caregivers are needed to assist with caregiving for America's aging population.