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.
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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.




Caregiver Registry California for Professional Home Care Aides

California's caregiver registry was created as part of the Assembly Bill 1217 (AB1217) Consumer Protection Act requiring senior home care agency's to be licensed by the state and all professional caregivers working in homes to meet minimum requirements.

Caregivers must complete a training course that includes 2 hours of Orientation training, 3 hours of Safety Training and 5 hours of Core Competency caregiving skills training for a total of 10 hours of training in their first year. Then each following year caregivers must complete 5 hours of renewal training on core competency skills. Here is the California caregiver training course information.

The California Department of Social Services manages the licensing process and the Caregiver Registry.

California caregivers must pass a background check clearance and requires a signed declaration under penalty of perjury regarding any prior criminal convictions and to confirm they are free of active tuberculosis.

California Home Care Aides are also required to have a valid driver's license or state issued I.D. or a valid Alien Registration Card. Fingerprinting is part of the background check program to confirm a caregiver is the person they say they are and prevent identity theft fraud.

The California State Department of Social Services manages the California Home Care Aide Registry.

Become a California Caregiver by taking an online caregiver training course and submit your job application to be considered by a senior care company near your California town.

Join the P.A.C. to receive caregiver training, t-shirt and lapel pin to meet state training requirements.

Updated Delaware Nursing Home Costs and Star Ratings

Delaware  nursing homes costs rank fifth in the nation, with an average room rate of $314 for a semi-private room, which is an annual cost of approximately $114,610.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Delaware’s estimated population as of July 2016 was 952,065, with 17.5% or 166,611 aged 65 and over. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 84.9% of nursing home residents are aged 65 and over, and 41.6% are 85 and over. Most seniors are referred to nursing homes after a hospital stay, particularly for rehabilitation services. Some seniors may require a longer nursing home stay beyond the 100 paid days from Medicare. In these cases, nursing home care will need to be private pay or paid by long-term care insurance.


Planning for senior care in Delaware requires an understanding of nursing home costs and how those compare to other alternatives, such as assisted living and home care. Research results from AARP show that the vast majority of Delaware residents desire to receive their long-term care at home. Most people, however, do not understand the costs of long-term care and often find themselves having to gather information quickly because of an immediate medical need.


Gaining an understanding of long-term costs for seniors is chief among the concerns of Caregiverlist® readers. For that reason, we regularly update our nursing home cost database and have just released the latest cost and ratings for Delaware nursing homes.Delaware_Costs_Rating_Info.png


Caregiverlist® uses a proprietary rating system for nursing homes, taking into account the overall Medicare rating for the nursing home, the percent of short-stay residents with bedsores, the certified nursing aide (CNA) hours per resident per day, and the percent of residents whose need for help with daily activities has increased. The average Caregiverlist® Nursing Home Star Rating for Delaware nursing homes is 3.1 on a 5-point scale.


Total Number of Delaware Nursing Homes: 49

Average Single Room Price: $346

Average Double Room Price: $314

Average Caregiverlist® Nursing Home Star Rating: 3.1


Caregiverlist® Nursing Home Star Rating snapshot for Delaware:

5-Star: 5

4-Star: 23

3-Star: 16

2-Star: 1

1-Star: 4


The highest-rated Delaware nursing home for seniors is Manor House in Seaford, Del., with a rating of 4.6 stars (out of 5). There are 60 certified beds at Manor House, with the daily cost of a single room coming in at $325, which is 6.09% lower than the state average for a single room. The daily cost of a double room is $295, 6.31% lower than the state average.


For those seniors preferring to receive their care at home, especially if around-the-clock care is not a requirement, then in-home caregiving is an alternative. Says Darryl Hartz, director of operations for Senior Helpers, “We help keep ageing Americans safely in their own home, an environment that is comfortable and familiar. This can make all the difference, particularly when caring for someone with dementia. And we can provide this care at a fraction of the cost of a retirement community.”


Caregiverlist® offers a care plan to help seniors and their loved ones understand the costs of care and evaluate options. If you need to research nursing home costs and ratings in a state other than Delaware, please consult the Caregiverlist® Nursing Home Directory, the only resource providing this vital information.

Gait Belt Transfers for Safe Senior Care

How to safely transfer using a gait belt? Senior caregivers must be sure their senior clients are able to move from standing to sitting and bed to chair and back safely and the gait belt makes transfers safe for both the caregiver and the senior.

Caregiver Training University courses teach safe transfer skills. Watch this video to learn how to use a gait belt from Certified Nursing Aides and professional caregivers.


Become a Certified Caregiver by taking online caregiver training meeting your state's requirements and apply for a caregiver job near you.

Chicago Certified Nursing Assistant and Caregiver Appreciation Day June 16, 2017

C.N.A. Day of Celebration 2017

Caregivers and Certified Nursing Assistants provide the hands-on care to assist seniors to age-in-place and to live a healthy lifestyle.

Chicago Caregivers and C.N.A.'s and any individual interested in becoming a C.N.A. or Caregiver are invited to join us in celebrating the 40th Annual National Nursing Assistants Week. Genevieve Gipson, a Registered Nurse in Ohio, created the C.N.A. Network and advocated for professional certification for nursing assistants. Her efforts enabled national legislation for the training and certification of nursing assistants nationwide.

Free C.N.A. Day of Celebration

Friday, June 16, 2017

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Morning Workshops from 9 a.m. to 12 noon will be repeated in afternoon from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.)

Midwestern Career College, located on Chicago River near Metra train and El trains

100 South Wacker Drive, Lower Level

RSVP to Attend 

More Caregivers and C.N.A.'s are needed as America's seniors continue to live longer lives while needing senior care to assist them with their Activities of Daily Living (ADL's).

Become a professional senior caregiver in Illinois by taking an online 8-hour course meeting the state's training requirements. Certified Nursing Aides are required to attend an approved C.N.A. school such as the Midwestern Career College and to then pass the state exam for official "certification" as a nursing aide. This is the first step in the career ladder for working in the healthcare field which is predicted to be a top employer in the coming decade.

You may begin your caregiving career by applying for a job on Caregiverlist and you will then be considered for employment as a companion caregiver or C.N.A. by licensed senior home care agencies.

Join us on June 16th for Workshops on how to pay for C.N.A. school (you can qualify for funding of your tuition), attend mini-training courses by C.N.A. instructors and meet employers. View the agenda for the C.N.A. Appreciation Day - and you also receive a goody bag and free food and snacks!


Long-term care insurance caregiver training

Long-term care insurance policies require caregivers to be trained to meet the policy requirements. The caregiver training requirements will vary based on the policy but usually require a caregiver to have professional training meeting their state requirements or to be a Certified Nursing Assistant (C.N.A.) by passing the state C.N.A. training course and state exam.

Learn about caregiver training requirements in your state to purchase training meeting your LTCI policy.

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