California Caregiver Renewal Training for Senior Care

Senior caregivers in California now must maintain their professional caregiving skills with annual renewal training.

California renewal training requires 5 hours each year focusing on:

Core Competencies

Age-Related Caregiving Skills

Caregiverlist's certified caregiver training allows caregivers to easily renew their training by enrolling them in the next course and allowing caregivers to review previous training.

Built for senior caregivers by industry professionals, the online course is smart-phone friendly and easy to use and best of all, written for caregivers who may not have a medical background and incorporating the skills needed for senior home care.

Caregivers may join "the P.A.C.", the Professional Association of Caregivers and receive a lapel pin and t-shirt with their training course. Buy your online training and maintain access to your course materials ongoing and apply to a job in your area.

Caregiver Buddy App for Caregivers

Alzheimer's caregivers now have a new friend to support them through their caregiving journey. Alzheimer's disease progresses through stages, or levels, as the forgetting eventually impacts all of the body's functions. The changes in the senior's personality can be especially stressful for caregivers. This is why having a "digital" buddy helps you to stay on the best path for each day of the Alzheimer's caregiver journey.

Caregiver Buddy App allows caregivers to access:

24/7 Alzheimer's Helpline

Daily Care Tips for Tasks Related to Hygiene and Meal Times

Fun Activity Ideas to Stimulate Body and Mind

Behavior Coping Tips for Overwhelming Behaviors of Aggression and Hallucination

Refresher about Alzheimer's Disease

COST:  Free

The Caregiver Buddy App was developed by the Alzheimer's Association, Greater Illinois Chapter.

Alzheimer's caregivers can also take notes on the App to maintain daily care notes and quickly access care information.

Caregivers will be presented with the App's capabilities upon starting it and prompted to view the search function and notes section and given instructions on how to navigate the Caregiver Buddy.

Caregivers will then choose a topic, such as Wellbeing or Communication and then be provided with more information on the topic. This App can be a nice accompaniment to the Caregiver Basic Training which explains the different types of memory loss, including Alzheimer's disease.


Senior caregivers please give us your feedback on the Caregiver Buddy App.
Know about any additional caregiver Apps that excel at assisting with caregiving duties? Let us know. 

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Caregiver Training Materials for Senior Care

What training materials are used for senior caregivers?

Caring for seniors involves assisting with physical and emotional needs along with practical household scheduling and maintenance. State laws require caregivers to understand how to identify elder abuse and to maintain privacy according to the Health Information Privacy and Portability Act (HIPPA).

Understanding how to record Care Plan notes and follow guidelines for daily activities allows professional caregivers working in the home to deliver the same high quality care as seniors in care communities.

Basic Caregiver Training incorporates the senior care training materials as outlined by the national association of home care and as passed into legislation in certain states.

Caregiver Training Materials Include:

  • Sample Care Plan Notes
  • Suggested Books and Movies
  • Orientation to Caregiver Job Duties and Professional Guidelines
  • Safety for Environment and for Emergencies
  • Safe Transfers
  • Communication Skills
  • Privacy Requirements
  • Identify and Report Elder Abuse
  • Chronic Condition Introduction: Strokes, Memory Loss, Cancer
Learn about the Caregiver Training requirements in your state and take the online caregiver training course to be a certified caregiver.

Join the Professional Association of Caregiver to receive online training and a t-shirt and lapel pin and more.

Caregivers Should be Paid More and Better Trained to Lower Senior Care Costs MIT Professor Reports

Senior caregivers should have more training and better pay in order to deliver higher quality care to seniors, according to MIT Sloan School of Management professor Paul Osterman. who has authored "Who Will Care for Us? Long-Term Care and the Long-Term Workforce".

Long-term care support services cost Americans $310 billion a year, accounting for both Medicaid care and private payments. As Medicare does not pay for long-term senior care services (only for short-term nursing home stays for rehabilitation), all Americans must pay privately unless they spend down their assets and qualify for Medicaid, for low-income seniors with few assets.

More numbers:

  • 14 million Americans needed long-term care in 2015
  • 22 million Americans will need long-term care by 2030

As home care aides are limited regarding some of the services they can administer, with eye-drops used as the example in Mr. Osterman's recent Wall Street Journal opinion article, services must pay for the additional cost for a Registered Nurse to drop in and perform these regulated tasks.

However home caregivers spend the most time with the senior and can easily be trained to do some of the tasks they are now limited from doing. The improved training could also include learning more about chronic diseases. As technology now allows us to use Apps to monitor many conditions, there are many opportunities available to develop more hands-on training skills for home caregivers. And if this lowers the cost of home care and delivers higher quality care, then why not? 

Caregiver training skills which we call "basic caregiver training' encompass the minimum standards for quality care delivery, such as learning how to safely transfer a senior from bed to wheelchair, understanding how to record proper care plan notes and follow the HIPAA privacy law and understand how to communicate with different generations. Training for stroke survivor care, Alzheimer's disease care and more are part of ongoing annual training renewals. Caregiver training varies in each state, based on health department regulations, but most licensed senior home care agencies are required to provide basic caregiver training. Medicaid home health aides are required to take initial training and annual training and this also varies depending on the state's requirements.

As seniors will be living longer than previous generations ever imagined, it makes sense to modernize the training for senior care.

Free caregiver training briefs are available to all caregivers on Caregiverlist as an introduction to the training required for caregiver certification.


Caregiver Training Course for Professional Caregiving

Caregiver training courses for senior caregivers can now be obtained online. As more states are passing laws requiring specific training, in order to make sure both the senior and the caregiver are both enjoying a safe care environment.

Join the Professional Association of Caregivers to receive online caregiver training along with a t-shirt and lapel pin. Learn about your state's training requirements. Then apply for a caregiving job in your area as more caregivers are needed.

Training courses for caregivers will vary between 5 and 12 hours in length and deliver a certificate of completion when finished.

Join the P.A.C. for Online Training
Professional Association of Caregivers (P.A.C.)

How do you become a California Caregiver?

California Caregiver Training Requirements Created by Home Care Services Consumer Protection Act

  • California Orientation, Safety and Core Competency Training for Year 1: 10-Hours
  • California Core Competency Training Annually: 5-Hours (Required Every Year after Year 1 10-Hour Completed)
California Caregiver Training Course Outline by Caregiver Training University for Certification
  1. Caregiver Job Responsibilities and Protocol
  2. Senior Caregiver Job Description for the Home Caregiver
  3. Senior Care Plan and Care Plan Notes and Activities
  4. Basic Hygiene and Basic Infection Control
  5. Maintaining a Clean, Safe and Healthy Environment
  6. Personal and Environmental Safety
  7. Emergency Procedures, Including Basic First Aid and Client's Emergency Preparedness Plan
  8. HIPAA: Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and Client's Rights and Safety
  9. Communication Skills
  10. Understanding Elder Abuse and Neglect and How to Identify the Types of Abuse
  11. Personal Care and Toileting
  12. Adaptive Equipment for Safe Transfers and Safe Transportation and Driving
  13. Storke Care
The caregiver training package for California residents also includes video and audio with the training courses along with:
  • Glossary of Terms for Caregiving
  • Sample Care Plan Notes
  • Suggested Books and Movies
The California caregiver certification requirements were passed into law effective in January of 2016, to assist senior caregivers to maintain skills as professionals with background check requirements and a state registry.

Take your caregiver learning to the next level in the state of California with an online caregiver learning course.
Questions? Give us a call during business hours or send us an email: susan@caregiverlist.com
You'll receive a certificate of completion after you pass the course exam and we are here to help!
Watch this video to see the easy-access online training.


California Caregiver Laws

What is the new California caregiver law? This is a frequent question we are asked. Here is the answer:

California Home Care Services Consumer Protection Act law requires California caregivers to have 10 hours of initial caregiver training followed by 5 hours of annual training in core competencies every year.

Online California caregiver training by Caregiver Training University delivers the skills required in an easy-to-use digital course that is smart-phone and tablet friendly. Caregivers may take the course at their own pace and maintain access to the course ongoing.

Take the California training to meet the state requirements.

Learn more about the California Assembly Bill 1217's requirements as you build your caregiving skills for The Golden State. The training requirements protect both seniors and caregivers by teaching basic senior care job skills.

Caregivers may always find employment in California as the demand for senior care in the home continues to rise. Anyone with a caring personality can take advantage of the training requirements to begin a fulfilling career in senior care.

Questions? Send us an email to: susan@caregiverlist.com or give us a call during business hours. We know caregivers are busy caring for others and we are here to assist  you.

Join the P.A.C. and receive a t-shirt and lapel pin with your caregiver training.

How do you become a certified caregiver for senior care?

Caregiving skills require learning how to care for a senior's physical and emotional care needs while also following state guidelines for senior care.

Why would states establish caregiver training guidelines?

Because quality senior care involves keeping a senior's healthcare on track and also following best practices for caregiving for the elderly which includes being educated on aging issues such as elder abuse. Elder abuse is not only physical, but also emotional, sexual and financial and the top financial abusers are usually close family members or friends. Healthcare issues are also regulated to maintain privacy by something called HIPPA: Health Information Privacy and Portability Act.

Both the elder abuse recognition and reporting skills and HIPPA knowledge are items that all caregivers should be trained on in order to provide quality senior care and now many states do require this training for caregiver certification.

California caregivers, for instance, must have 10 hours of caregiver training which includes training in HIPPA for caregiving and elder abuse reporting.

Find caregiver training requirements in your state to become a certified senior caregiver. You may also apply for a job as a senior caregiver as there is high demand for part-time and full-time caregivers for seniors.

Buy Caregiver Training for $59 or Join the Professional Association of Caregivers for $79 to be certified caregiver in your state.

Stroke Caregiver Training for Senior Caregivers

Strokes are the #1 cause of long-term disability for America's seniors. At the same time, the window of time for recovery to regain physical abilities and mental abilities after a stroke has impacted your left or right brain, is the first 6 months after suffering the stroke. As the caregiving needed for senior's who are recovering from a stroke is immediate, professional caregivers can be prepared by obtaining stroke caregiver training

Senior care companies can train their entire caregiving staff with training bundles through Caregiver Training University and include stroke training in their course library.

Learn more about caregiving for stroke by taking an online professional caregiver training course.

Blue Plates Deliver Better Appetites for Senior’s with Memory Loss

Senior caregivers can now use an easy method to assist the seniors they are caring for to eat more. Just switch to a blue plate. Remember the Blue Plate Special? This was a term used by restaurants to showcase a discounted meal special that would change each day. Research conducted by multiple studies, as well as at nursing homes, have resulted in the discovery that seniors will eat anywhere from 20% to 35% more food when their meal is served on a blue plate.


What do you think? Which plate for this meal appeals to your appetite more? We have to say the blue plate wins for us - just don't tell our Grandma her china didn't win!

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Caregiverlist's Caregiver Training courses include this type of information with real tips and tools, keeping up with the latest research, to assist caregivers and senior care companies to deliver the highest possible quality of care. Senior Care Companies needing to train their staff can enroll caregivers in Caregiver Training University courses and know they will receive modern and up-to-date training.

This month (August, 2017) Le Creuset is offering their 12-inch blue plates at 50% off. Just a bit brighter perhaps than French blue and perfect for showcasing food effectively. You can start testing out the blue plate concept with a senior you care for by purchasing the nice plastic-ware plates from Amazon or a discount store near you ($3 to $5 for several plates).

Besides blue being a pleasing color, here are some of the facts behind why this concept seems to work for increasing calorie consumption at meal time for seniors.

  • Visual Understanding Increases (No Design Competition)
  • Seeing Food Clearly Stimulates Appetite
  • Simplicity of Colors Makes Food Served Standout Better
  • As There is No Blue Food, Makes it Easy to See Food Separate from Plate
  • Blue Serves as Relaxing and Familiar Color 
Weight loss impacts nearly half of seniors with Alzheimer’s disease. Any efforts a caregiver can make to assist the senior to increase consumption of healthy food will help with their overall health and happiness, even as they are losing their memory capabilities. The comfort of  consuming a delicious and nutritious meal always brings joy, even for those with memory loss. The blue plates help them to realize it is meal time.

Blue, yellow, lime and red are also colors researches have experimented with and because food groups will contrast with the plate, it helps the senior to focus on the food and eating. Perhaps think about testing out brightly colored tablecloths as another option.


Remember, too, that this follows with drinking liquids. White milk in a white cup is hard to see and so is black coffee in a dark colored mug such as navy or dark brown or black. Remember that making the food and drink visually stimulating will continue to be important throughout the aging process.


Proper nutrition is important at all ages, but especially for seniors who are challenged by medical issues.


Bring in the blue plate and see if it helps at meal time.


Caregivers may obtain online caregiver training which will include these ready-to-implement tips and more at CaregiverTrainingUniversity.com or give us a call at 312-669-8820.




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