Senior Caregiver Training

Senior caregivers assist seniors to remain independent in their own homes and sometimes also assist seniors living in assisted living communities and nursing homes.  This is because often nursing homes staff 1 Certified Nursing Aide to care for as many as 10 to 15 residents. Because of this, most seniors prefer to have one-to-one caregiving services in their own home while needing rehabilitation care or on-going senior care services.

Senior care services cannot always be administered quickly - senior caregiving, as experienced caregivers know, requires all the extra attention to detail you receive when enjoying a meal at a fine dining restaurant.  It cannot be done in fast-food style. Senior care also requires a wide variety of skills in order to understand how to cope with the aging process and promote dignity while providing caregiving services.

Caregiver training enables senior caregivers to provide quality care to seniors while maintaining a safe environment for themselves and for the senior.  By following consistent systems for the care routine, each caregiver can know what to expect and also quickly document when a care condition changes.

Certified Caregiver training verifies a caregiver has been taught the basic caregiver training skills.

Understanding how to take proper Care Plan notes, how to make objective observations and how to safely assist with bathing, meals, maintaining a clean and safe environment and making sure germs and infections are not spread.  Even tasks such as hand-washing, which is the #1 way to stop infections, must be done correctly.  

Caregivers can learn the basic senior caregiver training skills (which includes how to safely wash your hands - did you know properly drying your hands is very important, for instance?), and be confident they will deliver quality care with an online training course meeting industry standards.

Begin a career in senior care by purchasing an online certified training course and apply for a part-time or full-time caregiving job position to receive additional job training by a professional senior care company. Review the caregiver training requirements in your state as many states now do require basic training for professional senior caregivers and purchase the industry's approved certified caregiver training.

Caregiver Training Courses

Caregiver training requires learning skills for assisting with what is called "Activities of Daily Living" in the senior care industry.  Certified Nursing Aides, or C.N.A.'s, learn these skills in a C.N.A. training program along with more advanced skills around safely providing bathing, feeding (including feeding tubes) and toileting (including catheters).  C.N.A.'s then work in the field with supervision by a C.N.A. who has already obtained certification and a Registered Nurse (R.N.).

Senior caregivers working as professionals caring for seniors in their homes or at assisted living communities or those considering becoming senior caregivers can take online training courses to learn the basic caregiving skills.

Most states have not yet passed legislation requiring caregiver training.  Washington state is an exception as the Service Employees Union jumped in to protect their union workers and successfully passed legislation requiring 75 hours of training (which was piggy-backed with a liquor license law which highlights the lobbying intersts in American politics).  Most senior care industry professionals agree this was not training that was passed to support seniors since the union was the advocate and the senior care companies must pay for the 75 hours of training which is a cost passed on to the seniors.

The reality is that 8 to 10 hours of training is "just right" to get someone started as a professional caregivers.  Then with supervision by a professional Care Manager, a caregiver can implement a senior's daily Care Plan and sharpen their skills while providing one-on-one senior care.

Caregiverlist's Certified Training provids a 10-hour online training course powered by aQuire Training and meeting the 8-hour training legislation passed in the state of Illinois (and supported by National Private Duty Association senior care company members).

Review the caregiver training modules and purchase the 10-hour caregiver training course to develop your professional caregiving skills.  Senior caregivers may apply for caregiving positions at senior care companies on Caregiverlist.  "Caring for the Caregiver", Caregiverlist provides the only professional senior caregiver Career Center created by senior care industry professionals.

Northwestern University's Dr. Lee Lindquist, located here in Chicago, recently published a quality of senior care study noting that quality care directly connects to quality training.  You can read about her study in Caregiverlist's news section on our home page.

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Senior Caregiver Training Programs

Senior caregivers must perform a wide variety of job duties, making it difficult to hire just anyone for the trusted job of senior caregiver.  Because of this, many states now require senior caregivers who work as a professional caregiver to complete specific state-mandated caregiver training.

Caregiverlist's Certified Caregiver training, powered by aQuire, meets the training standards created by senior care industry executives and passed into law in the state of Illinois.  Members of the Illinois National Private Duty Association, which included the founder of Caregiverlist, were instrumental in establishing this training to set a basic standard for caregiver skills in illinois.  The Illinois Home Health Home Services & Home Nursing Agency Licensing Act requires health care workers to be part of a Health Care Worker Registry and to complete a minimum of 8 hours of senior caregiver training.

Many states do not yet have training requirements as part of a state law, but the states of Washington, Oklahoma, New Jersey, Nebraska and Delaware require 75 hours of training which is almost as much training as is required for Certified Nursing Aides or C.N.A.'s.

Senior care companies in states that do not require training usually do provide at least 10 hours of training along with on-going training for the senior caregivers to keep up with the latest skills for assisting seniors with age-related illnesses.

A recent Northwestern University study by Dr. Lee Lindquist noted that there is often a lack of consistency for training in caregivers who are not working for professional senior care companies.  Lack of training can result in inability to effectively communicate with seniors with memory loss and provide proper care for age-related illnesses.  Because of this, more states are beginning to pass legislation requiring training as the Baby Boomer population ages and will result in more than 77 million seniors.

C.N.A. training varies slightly in each state but consistently is provided by schools approved to implement the C.N.A. training and then the students must pass the state C.N.A. exam.  Caregiverlist provides a free sample C.N.A. test and a C.N.A. practice test.

Caregiver Certification for 10-hours can also be purchased online and taken at the caregiver's own pace - once passed at the 80% level, the caregiver will receive a certificate to print out.  Senior caregivers with personal or professional caregiving experience may apply for a senior caregiver job in their area.

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Senior Caregiver Training

Caregivers assisting seniors know the real-life situations caregiving presents.  How do you transfer a senior safely from a bed to a chair?  How do you assist them to quickly get up to go to the bathroom?

Gait belts, sheet pulls and many other tools of the trade are taught to Certified Nursing Aides and Certified Caregivers.  Professional caregivers receive on-the-job training and ongoing training by their senior care company employers.

Senior caregiver training is now being required in many states in the U.S.A., in order to insure seniors are provided with quality caregiving services.

Senior caregivers may purchase a 10-hour online training for caregiver certification, meeting the training requirements for professional caregivers, including the 8-hour training required in the state of Illinois.  As this certification course teaches the basic caregiving skills and tests for retention, they are the standard training that is required for professional caregivers.

Review the Caregiver Certification training modules and purchase the 10-hour caregiver training course for yourself or your caregiver.

 

 

 

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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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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 Videos

Caring for seniors involves many skills.  As a senior deals with age-related illnesses and the aging process, their daily needs can change from one day to the next.  Successful senior caregivers must be able to provide compassion and understanding while assisting with physical and emotional care needs.  Seniors with memory loss can present unique care challenges - just eating a meal or taking a pill can take hours instead of minutes on some days.

Caregiverlist provides caregiver training videos to assist you with providing senior care.  How do you assist someone recovering from a stroke?  How do you interact with a senior with Alzheimer's Disease?  Our senior care training videos are divided into short segments focusing on various aspects of senior care.

Caregiverlist's caregiver training videos will help you better understand how to provide senior care for your senior clients and loved ones if you are a professional or family caregiver.

You may also read our senior care briefs and find certified nursing aide training programs in your area and apply for a senior caregiving job.

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