Katie Couric visited Chicago last Friday and spoke to a group of business owners about current news topics and also shared with us some of her current projects which include a new cancer center in Virginia, in honor of her sister, Emily, who died of pancreatic cancer at age 54.
And, Katie said she was invited to talk about handling grief for a Sesame Street special and the reviews have been very positive - she has already received e-mails from parents who lost a spouse and found the Sesame Street show helps to discuss the loss of a loved one with children.
The Sesame Workshop special, called "When Families Grieve" features Katie Couric and the Sesame Street Muppets. The show aired on PBS on April 14th and presents the personal stories about coping with the death of a parent and the strategies families have used to move forward.
Caregivers and families may view the special and learn about the grief kits Sesame Street is distributing to military families, by visiting their website.
Caregivers may also share their own caregiving story with others and learn about coping skills for caring for terminal patients on Caregiverlist's Career Center.
All senior caregivers employed as professional caregivers for senior care companies (senior home care agencies, assisted living communities, nursing homes) are required to pass a criminal background check upon hire.
What information is included in a criminal background check?
A federal law called the Fair Credit Reporting Act, or FCRA regulates the information which can be collected on a background check.
What information does the FCRA allow to be collected in a background check?
- Name match to Social Security Number
- Address match to Name and Social Security Number
- Criminal court records of arrests going back for 7 years
State laws will over-ride the FCRA. Sometimes, for instance, a state will allow the background check to access criminal history beyond 7 years if the person will be working with children or the elderly. Caregiverlist provides the state background check laws to allow you to find out if the state law will allow an employer to access additional information.
Although the law is called the Fair Credit Reporting Act and includes governing credit checks, usually senior care companies do not check credit records due to the additional expense and because caregivers and nursing aides will not work with financial records. Credit check information, which includes showing bankruptcies and unpaid bills, will also only show a 7-year history, according to the guidelines of the FCRA.
You may purchase your own background check to review the information prior to applying for a job as a certified nursing aide, home health aide or senior caregiver.
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Writing a resume as a nursing aide or senior caregiver requires using a format that will highlight your personal compassion and understanding for patients and senior clients, as well as to showcase your work history and skills.
What information should you include? Caregiverlist's Resume Builder allows you to follow a successful resume format, and organizes your information in a professional format - all for free.
A professional caregiving resume should include:
- Work History
- Education (Schools and Dates attended or graduated)
- Personal References
Caregiverlist's resume builder shows you a sample caregiving resume and guides you through a format to create your own resume. You may download and keep this resume and attach it to a job application on Caregiverlist or use for any job you may apply to as a senior caregiver or nursing aide (or even any other job - you write the resume yourself)!
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