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.
- 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 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.
Professional Association of Caregivers (P.A.C.)
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
- Caregiver Job Responsibilities and Protocol
- Senior Caregiver Job Description for the Home Caregiver
- Senior Care Plan and Care Plan Notes and Activities
- Basic Hygiene and Basic Infection Control
- Maintaining a Clean, Safe and Healthy Environment
- Personal and Environmental Safety
- Emergency Procedures, Including Basic First Aid and Client's Emergency Preparedness Plan
- HIPAA: Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and Client's Rights and Safety
- Communication Skills
- Understanding Elder Abuse and Neglect and How to Identify the Types of Abuse
- Personal Care and Toileting
- Adaptive Equipment for Safe Transfers and Safe Transportation and Driving
- 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.
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You'll receive a certificate of completion after you pass the course exam and we are here to help!
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: email@example.com or give us a call during business hours. We know caregivers are busy caring for others and we are here to assist you.
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and receive a t-shirt and lapel pin with your caregiver training.
The sun has set on the last summer weekend of the year. This week's stress relief photo was taken in Prague, in the Czech Republic, at that lovely time of day when the sunlight begins to fade. Please enjoy and feel free to share the photo and inspirational quote with loved ones. 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. We hope you have a great week.
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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.
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.
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! Or
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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.
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.
We hope you are enjoying the summer, and getting a chance to appreciate the beautiful outdoors. This week's stress relief photo was taken on the island of Stegesund, near Stockholm in the Swedish archipelago. Please enjoy and feel free to share the photo and inspirational quote with loved ones. 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. We hope you have a great week.
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