Senior caregiving services are continuing to grow as more seniors, especially seniors living in developed countries, are living much longer lives than previous generations. Why are seniors living longer?
- Better Nutrition
- Better Healthcare Access
- Better Emergency Treatment (Heart Attacks, Strokes)
All of these impact the ability for a person to live a longer life. And one of the biggest reasons is the availability of someone to provide caregiving services. We aren't living in a little house on the prairie anymore. Because adult children very often do not live within a 1 hour drive of their parent's home, the need for paid caregiving services has skyrocketed in the last decade.
Now that senior caregiving has become a licensed profession in many states, training requirements have been created to protect both the senior and the caregiver.
California's new home care services law
requires all California caregivers to be trained in 2 hours of orientation training, 3 hours of safety and infection control training and 5 hours in core competency training. Knowing how to effectively communicate with a senior and manage daily activities makes a huge difference in the success of the caregiving services.
- Here is what you need to know about senior caregiver training:
- Some states require specific training (See California's caregiver training requirements to be a certified caregiver).
- Some states require training but do not mandate the exact type of training (See Basic Caregiver Skill training).
- Unlike Certified Nursing Aide (C.N.A.) training, which is required by federal law, caregiver training is regulated by each state.
Companion caregivers often assist seniors with memory loss, who may need a caregiver for several years (former President Ronald Reagan had caregiving services for more than 10 years as his memory loss progressed). Caregivers assisting seniors to recover from a major medical event such as a stroke or hip replacement, need additional training to learn how to safely transfer the senior, dress the senior and maintain a safe environment. In addition, understanding what to do as a caregiver, if an environmental emergency such as an earthquake or blizzard happens, also is part of caregiver training. Just as with any profession, being properly trained allows quality care to be delivered. Digital caregiver training now assists caregivers to easily become trained and certified to meet their state's requirements.
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.
Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for your hard work and the care you provide for our seniors. More caregivers are always needed as seniors in America are living longer. You can learn more about becoming a senior caregiver and apply for a job near you. We invite you to take a moment to relax and enjoy this week's stress relief photo and inspirational quote and share them with loved ones. This week's photo of a beautiful winter scene was taken near Zurich, Switzerland. Have a great week.
"Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth,
for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is time for home."
California caregivers have been asking Caregiverlist lots of questions about the new California caregiver training mandate which has become effective as of January 1, 2016. Here is a quick run down of the new requirements and how to become a certified California caregiver.
What is the new California requirement called?
How many hours of training are required? 5 hours prior to working with a client + 5 hours annually which means a total of 10 hours for new caregivers followed by 5 hours every year of training on any of the core competencies of caregiving.
Can this training be digital? Yes.
How do you verify you have the training? Provide documentation of attending an approved training course covering the required topics and completing an exam showing competencies on the criteria (show that you were taught the info and know it). The Caregiverlist Basic Caregiver Training powered by Caregiver Training University allows you to maintain an account with a log-in and password to always access your training along with other information for caregivers such as popular books and movies to help you learn about all aspects of caregiving and how to "care for the caregiver" which means caring for yourself. Because senior caregiving requires emotional stamina as well as knowledge.
If you are a very experienced caregiver do you still have to take the training? Yes.
What is the ongoing annual training requirement? 5 hours incorporating learning in any core competencies such as age-related diseases, safety, activities of daily living.
How can you show that you have the appropriate training to a new employer? Present the time of training, the name of the training and show verification you completed the course (passing an exam qualifies).
Can your employer provide you with the training? Yes and they are required to do so but you can also present qualifying training upon interviewing.
Does Caregiverlist's digital training meet the requirements? Yes and you may learn more about the Caregiverlist Basic Training, the only training created specifically for senior home care.
How much does the training cost? $59 or $79 if you would like to join the Professional Association of Caregivers at the same time.
Why did California decide to pass a law requiring the training? As more and more seniors are choosing to age-in-place in their own home, the training and licensing requirements present a minimum standard for quality. In addition, the union that pursues caregivers as members through the low-income government caregiving programs, the SEIU, has been an advocate for training requirements (the SEIU won training requirements in the state of Washington which reimburses them for the hours that the caregivers are being trained which is 75 hours - this is too expensive for seniors to afford and because of that senior care companies only hire caregivers who already have the C.N.A. training so that seniors do not have to pay for 75 hours of training for a caregiver prior to having their services begin). The California legislature had dual bills for caregiver licensing and training proposed (one championed by the union) and finally passed AB1217 requiring the 5 hours of annual training and 5 hours prior to a caregiver being staffed with a senior.
Caregiverlist connects the caregiver's training certification from Caregiver Training University to their job application on Caregiverlist.
As we are deep in winter's chill, this week's photo should bring warm thoughts to mind. Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for your hard work and caring for our seniors. Senior care training assists caregivers to better manage a senior's care needs and manage caregiver stress. This week's stress relief photo was taken from a ship, sailing away from Miami, Florida. Please enjoy and feel free to share the photo and inspirational quote with loved ones. We hope you have a great week.
"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." -African Proverb
Caregivers provide companionship and caregiving to seniors, and must remember to "care for the caregiver." Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for your hard work and caring for our seniors. This week's stress relief photo was taken in the village of Bibury, in the picturesque Cotswolds region of England. Please enjoy the photo and the inspirational quote and feel free to share them with loved ones. Have a great week.
"Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes....including you." -Anne Lamott
Caregivers in California can celebrate the new year with the recognition of their job duties as a career requiring certified training. California's legislature passed into law the Assembly Bill 1217 which was later signed by the Governor for the Home Care Services Consumer Protection Act. California professional caregivers, being paid to be caregivers in the home, must now meet these California caregiver training requirements for senior care.Clients' Rights and SafetyHow to Provide for and Respond to a Client's Daily Living NeedsHow to Report, Prevent and Detect Abuse and NeglectHow to Assist a Client with Personal Hygiene and other Home Care ServicesHow to Safely Transport a Client (if Transportation is Required
Senior care companies have already been in compliance with the majority of the specifics that will be enforced by this new law, such as performing background checks on caregivers and following the requirements for insurance and payroll taxes for caregivers. However, now caregivers will need to show proof of specific training on basic caregiving skills. The criteria for the initial training include understanding how to be a caregiver in the home and follow necessary procedures, followed by training on basic core competencies for caregiving.
Caregivers may obtain this California caregiver training through a digital course and senior home care agencies by also efficiently provide this training to their caregivers through a digital platform that delivers easy tracking for monthly and annual reporting for renewals. Senior care companies may also purchase caregiver training bundles or monthly subscriptions through Caregiverlist. Senior care companies may also call 312-669-8821 for a quick tour and intro of the only training created by senior home care industry professionals.
More than 15 million caregivers assist a senior diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. This month, Congress passed and President Barack Obama signed into law legislation authorizing a $350 million increase for Alzheimer’s disease research funding in 2016’s budget.
Disease modifying drugs and a cure will be the best way to allow the U.S.A. to be able to effectively care for seniors with the current Medicare and Medicaid benefits. The Alzheimer’s Association supported a research study to find how much money will be needed to adequately care for the growing number of seniors with Alzheimer’s disease, finding Medicare spending will more than quadruple in the next generation to $589 billion annually in 2050. By this time, if no cure or improved treatments are found, more than 16 million Americans will suffer from Alzheimer’s disease.
However, research funding for cures for cancer, AIDS/HIV and heart disease exceed $2 billion each. As someone in the U.S.A. gets Alzheimer’s disease every 67 seconds, this will also become an even larger economic issue for both American citizens and the government senior Medicare and Medicaid health care programs.
Women over the age of 60 are twice as likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease than breast cancer.
Studying our brains will be the key to more than just a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, which is another reason more money should be invested in this research.
Participation in clinical trials for Alzheimer’s disease is one step senior caregivers can learn more about along with joining Maria Shriver’s The Women’s Alzheimer’s Challenge to emphasize brain research. Share your story as an advocate, caregiver and activist for Alzheimer’s disease care and research.
Senior caregivers may obtain caregiver training for activities to engage with seniors with memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease in the digital caregiver certification training program. More caregivers are needed to assist senior's who may need part-time or full-time senior home care. Join Caregiverlist to be considered for caregiving jobs in your area. Anyone with a caring and trustworthy personality can become a senior caregiver.
Hanukkah has passed, and the shortest day of the year, Christmas, and the promise of the new year are upon us. Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for your hard work and caring for our seniors. Senior care training assists caregivers to better manage a senior's care needs and manage caregiver stress. This week's stress relief photo was taken in the historic North End of Boston, Massachusetts. Please enjoy and feel free to share the photo and inspirational quote with loved ones. We hope you have a great week filled with the warmth and pleasures of the holidays.
"May your walls know joy, may every room hold laughter, and every window open to great possibility."
-Mary Anne Radmacher
The U.S. Senate passed the RAISE Family Caregivers Act this week (and this bill is actually supported by both Democrats and Republicans), which will require the development of a national strategy to support family caregivers. The bill goes to the House next for consideration. The Department of Health and Human Services would be required to develop, maintain and periodically update a National Family Caregiving Strategy. Federal departments would also be required to share any data that can assist with creating a national caregiving strategy.
Advocates are hoping this will help make senior care a national agenda item in the upcoming presidential election. Currently, only candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, who cared for her own mother at home, has called for more support for family caregivers.
This summer, New Mexico Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham reintroduced a bill to create a national Care Corps program, modeled after the Peace Corps, in which volunteers would help family caregivers. New York state's Representative Nita M. Lowey also introduced legislation that would give caregivers a Social Security earnings credit when they take unpaid time off from their jobs to provide care.
Advocates behind RAISE hope that increasing awareness will eventually spark political action.
Medicare does NOT pay for long-term care and nursing home costs can easily be from $150 to $350 per day. About 40 million Americans care for family members, which works out to an unpaid workforce worth around $470 billion per year. They typical caregivers is the oldest adult daughter or another relative.
A congressional caucus was formed to focus on the needs of family caregivers earlier this year, with the backing of AARP. RAISE would specifically require the development, maintenance and updating of an integrated national strategy to recognize and support family caregivers. More caregivers and more programs to support caregivers will be needed to support our nation's growing senior population.
Senior caregivers are already in demand, as seniors rarely plan ahead for care and will be quickly discharged from a hospital to a nursing home or to their home while still needing assistance with activities of daily living. Anyone with a caring personality may become a senior caregiver by taking a basic caregiver training course and applying to a part-time or full-time caregiving job in their area.
AARP Offers this hotline to call your U.S. Congress Representative to urge them to support the bipartisan RAISE bill in the House at 844-453-9952 (Toll Free). Remember, this legislation simply begins the process for a strategy to be developed around family caregiving.