Senior caregiver training involves learning skills to monitor vital signs, safely assist with physical care and interact with compassion to understand emotional and mental changes as someone ages. Certified Nursing Aides or Assistants, known as C.N.A.'s, must take a state approved nursing assistant training course which colleges and senior care facilities offer. After finishing the course, the student must pass the state C.N.A. exam in order to become a certified nursing aide.
Companion caregivers may take a 10-hour online training course to become certified as a senior caregivers. View the training modules to understand the caregiving skills taught - you'll quickly see that providing quality caregiving takes some training.
Senior home care agencies must meet licensing requirements in their state and properly train the caregivers they hire and supervise the caregiver to follow a customized Care Plan for each senior. As the necessary employment taxes and insurances are provided, this protects both the senior and the caregiver and makes sure the necessary systems are in place for high quality care to be delivered. The caregivers also must pass a background check and reference checks and because of this, families can know they will receive professional caregiving services.
What are some questions that are asked on a Certified Nursing Aide and Caregiver Certification exam?
Sample C.N.A. Test Question: All of the following are in the Resident Bill of Rights EXCEPT:
a. the right to form militant groups in the facility
b. the right to be free from sexual, verbal, physical or mental abuse
c. the right to be free of corporal punishment and involuntary seclusion
d. the right to choose activities
Visit the Sample C.N.A. test to find the answer and to see that becoming a C.N.A. requires many skills.
Senior care is not at all like child care, as you can see. Senior caregivers must be trained to properly provide services for elders and understand how to report changing conditions to medical professionals. This is why the field of senior care continues to grow and there continues to be a need for professional caregivers to work for senior care companies, hospices, assisted living communities and nursing homes. There will be ongoing employment avaialble in senior care as departments of health do require a minimum number of Certified Nursing Aides to be on staff at all times and licensed senior care facilities.
Caregivers may begin a career by applying for a job as a companion caregiver with a professional company through Caregiverlist's Career Center - all professional senior care companies will provide training for new caregivers and you can also take the 10-hour online course to be prepared.