Training for caregivers – where do you find it, how much does it cost and how do you know which training is the right one for you? These are questions we are often asked by both professional caregivers and family caregivers. We enjoyed meeting some of our professional Chicago Caregivers this week who visit Caregiverlist.com to apply for a senior care job position whenever they are looking for caregiver employment (and use our resume tools and training information) - we look forward to meeting more of you at our job fairs.
Caregiver training involves learning skills to safely care for a senior’s physical needs, emotional needs and understanding how to monitor signs of new conditions such as depression or elder abuse.
Senior caregivers are hired as:
· Companion Caregivers
· Certified Caregivers
· Certified Nursing Aides (C.N.A.’s)
· Certified Home Health Aides (C.H.H.A.’s in NJ, CA)
Companion caregivers often work with seniors who have memory loss but just need a “companion” to keep their day on track. Certified Caregivers meet the 10-hour caregiver training requirement that has been established by many states and by the senior care industry. Certified Nursing Assistants, or Aides, are called C.N.A.’s and must complete a state-approved course and then pass the C.N.A. exam. Every 2 years a C.N.A. must renew their certification.
Becoming a caregiver for a senior can begin as a companion caregiver. You may then take the 10-hour online caregiver certification course to be a certified non-medical senior caregiver. Senior care companies often provide caregiver training but taking the online caregiver training course will help you know what to expect when you begin working as a caregiver. You may also take a sample C.N.A. test to understand the skills taught at C.N.A. schools (and find an approved C.N.A. school in your area).
Apply for a caregiver job in your area, as senior care companies are constantly hiring in order to keep up with their staffing needs in this growing industry (seniors may quickly need care services after a stroke, hip replacement or when memory loss accelerates).
Caregiver pay is above minimum wage and can range from $8.50 to $16 per hour, depending upon what part of the country you live in and the level of skills required. Benefits such as payroll taxes, performance bonuses, paid vacation, flexible hours and health insurance also are available.
Caregiver job descriptions and caregiver stories are also available in Caregiverlist’s Caregiver Career Center to help you learn more about becoming a senior caregiver. You may also join the Professional Association of Caregivers to receive the 10-hour certified online training and a t-shirt and lapel pin and additional information to begin your caregiver career. Both family caregivers and professional caregivers may join the P.A.C.
Caregiverlist just attended a few C.N.A. school job fairs this week and all of the graduating C.N.A. students who talked with us shared they find working as a senior caregiver to be very fulfilling. While you may have some days which present challenges, when you become a senior caregiver you will go home each day knowing that you are appreciated. These C.N.A.’s also shared with us that they appreciate knowing they can continue to grow their career as there will continue to be many jobs in this industry which is predicted to be the top category for jobs in the next decade. Apply for a senior caregiver job now in your area.
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