California Senior Home Care Agency Training Requirement Regulation Begins in January 2016

Senior Home Care Agencies in California will be required to document the training they provide for professional senior caregivers based on the state of California's Assembly Bill 1217 which requires a minimum of 5 hours of entry-level training prior to presence with a client and 5 hours of training annually.

As more seniors are choosing to age-in-place in their own home, more states are establishing rules and regulations to insure both the seniors and the caregivers are protected and receive the insurance benefits and payroll taxes, as required by law. One of the benefits for caregivers working for senior home care agencies includes the payment of their Social Security, Unemployment and Worker's Compensation insurances.  This way senior caregivers are protected should the client pass away or get better and in the event they were to have an injury on the job. In addition, senior caregivers employed by senior home care agencies know that they are paying into all payroll taxes, including Social Security benefits and will be able to collect on this benefit for their own retirement.

California senior home care agencies can easily comply with this training mandate by providing an online training program. Caregiver Training University provides training meeting the state department of health requirements nationwide.  Individual caregivers may also purchase training and be added to the caregiver certification registry on Caregiverlist.  

Private duty senior home care agencies may request a sample caregiver training and a demo by contacting: susan@caregiverlist.com or calling 312-669-8821.



California Senior Caregiver Training Created to Protect Seniors and Caregivers

California joins several other states, such as Illinois, New Jersey, Washington and Florida to create specific laws to regulate senior caregiver training and the background check process for professional senior caregivers. California's law, titled the "Home Care Services Consumer Protection Act of 2013" was officially signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown in October of 2013 and enforcement of some of the specifics of the law, such as caregiver training, begins in January of 2016.

Senior care companies needing digital training to meet this requirement may contact Caregiverlist at 312-669-8821 for information and a custom digital training resource.

California Assembly Bill 1217 Requires:

  • Licenses Customized for Home Care Organizations as Businesses
  • New Home Care Aide Registry to List all Professional Caregivers Working as Home Care Aide
  • Home Care Aides Must Renew Registration Every 2 Years
The new guidelines mandated by California's 1217 bill has been named the "Home Care Services Consumer Protection Act".
The California State Department of Social Services will administer and enforce the requirements and this is why the legislation delays enforcement until January of 2016, in order to build the bureaucracy around it.

California senior home care agencies will now have their business license a bit more customized for senior home care, by requiring:

  • General and Professional Liability Insurance in the amount of at least $1 million dollars per occurrence and $3 million dollars in the aggregate
  • Worker's Compensation Insurance 
  • List of Registered Home Care Aide Workers and Validation Aides 
  • Initial License Fee for 24-Months (2 Years) for a New Home Care Services Company
  • 2-Year Renewal Fee based on Number of Full-Time Employees (FTE's)
  • TB Test for Home Care Aides within 7 Days After Employment and then Every 2 Years
  • 5 Hours of Entry-Level Training for Newly Employed Senior Home Care Aides
  • 5 Hours of Annual Training for Employed Home Care Aides
The California Home Care Services Consumer Protection Act identifies the specific caregiver training required for senior home care aides in section 1796.44 of the legislation under Article 8 titled Affiliated Home Care Aides.

As 10,000 Americans turn age 65 each day, and life expectancy continues to climb upwards, senior care professionals have predicted that more seniors will prefer to age-in-place in their own home or in the home of an adult child.  Hospitals have also indicated that they believe that within the next decade, much of their care will be monitored in the home using technology to monitor vital signs and performing an equivalent of a Skype video call to allow the nurses and doctors to engage with the patient and daily intervals.

California's senior caregiver training law will most likely be joined by additional states soon.  The caregiver training and caregiver registry are the most valuable aspects of this legislation for seniors as most all senior home care agencies already followed the majority of the guidelines this new law requires.

The California Senior Caregiver will also now be called a Home Care Aide and this designation can be slightly different and called a "personal care aide" or "certified caregiver" as well.

Caregivers working in California most likely have already been trained in the skills mandated by Assembly Bill Number 1217. However, these caregivers will need to now have annual training consisting of 5 hours to show they are maintaining these skills.
Annual California caregiver training must relate to core competencies outlined by the legislation as:

  • Clients' Rights and Safety
  • How to Provide for and Respond to a Client's Daily Living Needs
  • How to Report, Prevent and Detect Abuse and Neglect
  • How to Assist a Client with Personal Hygiene and other Home Care Services
  • How to Safely Transport a Client (if Transportation is Required)

This caregiver training may be completed through an online program.  The Caregiver Training University Basic Caregiver Training does provide training meeting the California home care aide training requirements. Senior care companies in California can also subscribe to the senior home care agency caregiver training portal to easily train their caregiving staff and provide easy-to-use reporting. As more senior caregivers are already needed, anyone interested in working as a professional caregiver may take the online home care aide training course and apply for a caregiving job to be considered by professional senior care companies in their area who are always hiring.  Need easy-to-administer professional caregiver training? Email susan@caregiverlist.com or call Caregiverlist at 312-669-8821.





Embracing Change: Stress Relief Photo for Senior Caregivers

Change is in the air, as summer has faded to autumn. Senior care training assists caregivers to better manage a senior's care needs and manage caregiver stress. Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for your hard work and caring for our seniors. This week's stress relief photo was taken at Chartwell, Winston Churchill's home near Westerham in Kent, England. Please enjoy and feel free to share the photo and inspirational quote with loved ones. We hope you have a great week.


"Continuity give us roots; change gives us branches, letting us stretch and grow to reach new heights." 

-Pauline Kezer

California Governor Makes Assisted Suicide Legal

Senior caregivers working as professional caregivers can share many stories of seniors and their families who have struggled with when to embrace hospice care and accept the process of dying.  Aging gracefully comes with accepting mental, emotional and physical health realities that do not arrive wrapped in gracefulness.  

America's seniors receive either Medicare health care or Medicaid (for low-income seniors with few assets). If a senior has been diagnosed with a terminal condition with two years or less to live, they may accept hospice care.  Hospice care respects the dignity of the senior to maintain their comfort as they journey through their illness, accepting their body will eventually be unable to function without assistance and accepting that they do not want additional assistance to remain alive.

As advances in medicine and technology are allowing us to live longer, the new questions arising are focused on how do we want these longer years to be?  The recent best-selling book "Being Mortal" by Atul Gawande, a medical doctor (and excellent writer), focuses on how we should begin the conversations with our loved ones on how we want to age.

California's law joins the law in the state of Oregon to give their residents the right to "death with dignity".  This week Governor Jerry Brown stepped forward to sign the bill his state's assembly had approved.  The governor accepted the opposition of some in order to respect the right for mentally competent adults who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness with six months or less to live to have the choice to accept lethal prescriptions.

Hospice caregivers who have been with someone dying can share stories of hearing the death rattle noises coming from a terminal patient as they lose their ability to swallow.  Doctors, nurses and hospice professionals who support the death with dignity movement bring an approach to care that supports caring for someone as they are dying by providing comfort, just as we try to provide comfort when caring for those who will recover from an illness.

Barbara Coombs Lee, a nurse who serves as the president of Compassion & Choices, shares the story of Brittany Maynard, who through her terminal cancer diagnosis stepped up to be the force behind the movement to change the laws in California to allow for residents to choose to die with dignity.  She wanted her family caregivers to know that she had planned ahead for a dignified death.

Brittany's video had 100 million views.  You can learn more about Compassion & Choices initiative to support death with dignity in additional states in the U.S.A. 

Peaceful Evening on the Pacific for Caregiver Stress Relief

The beach, with daylight fading away, and waves crashing, is a beautiful and relaxing place. This week's photo was taken on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua. We invite you to take a moment to relax and enjoy the photo and inspirational quote and share them with loved ones. 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. Have a great week.


"Smell the sea, and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly."  -Van Morrison

Reaching for the Sky

The magic of the mountains is that sometimes they can take you above the clouds. This week's photo features peaks of the Bavarian Alps, taken in the town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Caregiverlisinvites you to enjoy the photo and share it with loved ones. At Caregiverlist we know the realities of caregiver stress. Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for your hard work and caring for our seniors. Please refer your friends to apply for part-time and full-time job positions on Caregiverlist.com and visit our career center for additional career tools.  We hope you have a great week.


"It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out;  it's the pebble in your shoe." 

-Muhammad Ali

Windmill and Water: Stress Relief Photo

Caregivers provide companionship to seniors, as well as caregiving and caregivers 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 Copenhagen, Denmark, and features a windmill reflected in water. Please enjoy the photo and the quote and feel free to share them with loved ones. Have a great week.

"Life is not holding a good hand; Life is playing a poor hand well." -Danish proverb

Sunshine and Sunflowers: Stress Relief Photo

Bright yellow sunflowers are one of summer's cheerful delights. This week's photo was taken at the Greenmarket in Lincoln Park, Chicago, Illinois. Caregiverlisinvites you to enjoy the photo and share it with loved ones. At Caregiverlist we know the realities of caregiver stress. Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for your hard work and caring for our seniors. Please refer your friends to apply for part-time and full-time job positions on Caregiverlist.com and visit our career center for additional career tools.  We hope you have a great week. 


"Not the sun or summer alone, but every hour and season yields its tribute of delight."  

 -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Caregiver Career Advancement With LinkedIn App

LinkedIn offers caregivers a chance to connect with people and organizations that they may be interested in working with in a professional online space. The LinkedIn app offers caregivers the ability to make connections, participate in group discussions and look for local organizations on the go. 

When new users download the LinkedIn app, they need to either link their existing LinkedIn profile to the app or create a new profile. To create a LinkedIn profile, new users can either upload their resume for the computer to autofill information or they can simply go through and manually type in some details of their work history. If you need assistance building a resume, use the Caregiverlist Resume Builder. In addition to work history, users can also list professional training on their profile, such as Caregiverlist Basic Training

Then, LinkedIn gives the option to upload a photo. Placing a picture on your profile provides a nice touch, just remember to use a professional looking headshot. If you don't have an existing photo that meets that criteria, put on a nice shirt and ask a friend to snap a few pictures of you against a neutral background. 

Once users have entered their profile information, they are taken to the newsfeed which serves as the homepage within the app. Users can see what their connections have shared lately on this feed. A menu on the left side of the app pops out when users click the LinkedIn logo displayed in the top bar. It's not obvious that this will bring up a menu, but once users click on it options for Jobs, People You May Know, Connections, Companies, etc. will appear. 



One of the features of LinkedIn gives applicants the ability to look at a company profile with snapshot information about the size of a company, their overall company summary and current staff. Say you search for a position at a care agency in our Caregiving Career Center and would like to learn more about the company. By going to LinkedIn and searching the name of the company, you can pull up their profile and read more about them. Plus, information about a recruiter who works for that company might be included on their profile so you can contact them directly for more details on the position. 

The more people you connect with on LinkedIn, the more opportunities you create to be introduced to someone professionally. Say you have a connection with a fellow caregiver who used to work for an agency where you now decided to apply for a job. LinkedIn will show you that your connection is also connected to someone who works at that agency, and you can request that they introduce you to that person for online networking. 

Groups on the LinkedIn app also provide more networking. Search caregiving and you will find local and national scale groups devoted to caregiver issues and networking. 

The LinkedIn app is available for Apple and Android platforms. 


Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discover additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 




-Paige Krzysko



Colorful Harbor in Malta

On this Labor Day, we 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 at the harbor in St. Julian's, Malta, and features a brightly colored boat. Please enjoy and feel free to share the photo and inspirational quote with loved ones. We hope you had a relaxing holiday weekend and have a great week.


Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.   -Lord Byron
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