Caregiver Certification California Requirements for 10 Hours of Annual Training for Senior Caregivers

California caregivers must now show they have obtained an initial 5 hours of training before working with a senior client and then 5 hours of training each year. The 5 + 5 hours can be obtained in the Caregiverlist Basic Caregiver Training course through Caregiver Training University. 

California caregiver classes for the training may be digital and the requirements in the law were first outlined in the Assembly Bill 1217 which is why AB1217 is what the training requirements are commonly called.

California home care aides must now, as of January 1, 2016, show they are skilled and trained as follows below.

5 Hours of Training Prior to Providing Caregiving for a Senior which must be:

1) 2 hours of Orientation Training

2) 3 hours of Safety Training including basic safety precautions, emergency procedures and infectioncontrol

3) 5 hours of annual training relating to core competencies such as a clients' rights and safety, how to provide for activities of daily living, how to report, prevent and detect abuse and neglect, assisting with personal hygiene and how to safely transport.

Caregiver Training University provides senior caregivers with training meeting these requirements for just $59. Or, caregivers may join the Professional Association of Caregivers and through this membership receive the training along with a t-shirt and lapel pin to show they have passed the training exam and are certified.

Senior care companies may subscribe to the Caregiverlist Caregiver Training portal to efficiently hire all of their staff at an effective monthly subscription rate, or, purchase packages of caregiver training in bundles. All of your caregivers on staff can be uploaded and enrolled in the training to make the process seamless.  The training portal allows you to easily track and monitor enrollment date, test score, last log-in and provide renewal training each year.  

California senior home care agencies also may hire caregivers who are already certified as passing the caregiver training and view the caregiver's certificates in the Caregiver Certified Training Registry.

Participate in Parkinsons Study Using In-App Tests

Caregivers whose senior clients have Parkinson's disease know that it can affect movement in several ways, most noticeably in the ability to hold objects or walk in a normal stride. The Parkinson mPower study app provides in-app daily tests to gauge abilities of patients with Parkinson's and transmit the data to scientists for research purposes. 

The study is conducted by Sage Bionetworks, a nonprofit, looking to help determine why symptoms differ between individuals who have Parkinson's disease and why symptoms and side effects vary over time. The app uses surveys and tests through the phone sensors to determine daily abilities and track symptoms over time. 

Users first need to set up an account and consent to share the results of their trials from the app. A background survey that needs to only be taken once allows senior clients the chance to give the researchers background on themselves and their individual experience with Parkinson's disease.

The three main abilities the phone sensors test are gait, balance and speaking. For the walking activity, users need to place their phone in a pocket or bag and walk 20 steps in a straight line. The phone uses GPS data to track the results. 

For the tapping speed activity, users must place two fingers on the phone screen and tap back and forth as quickly as possible for 20 seconds. The app records the overall number of taps and the consistency of the timing between taps. For the voice activity, users need to record themselves saying, "ahhhhh" for as long as they can at a steady volume into the microphone on their phone. 

Caregivers should encourage their senior clients participating in the study to take each test three times per day. The app needs users to accurately record whether they are performing the activity before taking a Parkinson medication, just after taking a Parkinson medication or if they don't take Parkinson medication. On the Dashbord within the app, users can see their performance on the tests charted out over time to recognize patterns. 

Other areas of the app highlight the study, the researchers and further information on Parkinson's disease itself. The app offers tips on living with Parkinson's disease to minimize symptoms, such as healthy eating, exercise, and avoiding falls. Senior caregivers can use this section to learn more about the disease if their senior client is newly diagnosed. 

The Parkinson mPower study app is available for Apple platforms. 

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discovers 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

Bright New Day: Caregiver Stress Relief

The beginning of the new year is a time of hope and promise. We hope yours if off to a good start. We invite you to take a moment to relax and enjoy this week's stress relief photo and inspirational quote and share them with loved ones. This week's photo was taken in Chicago, Illinois, at the dawn of a beautiful day. 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.

"You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream." -C.S. Lewis

California Home Care Services Consumer Protection Act Requires Caregiver Training in 2016

Caregivers in California can celebrate the new year with the recognition of their job duties as a career requiring certified training. California's legislature passed into law the Assembly Bill 1217 which was later signed by the Governor for the Home Care Services Consumer Protection Act. California professional caregivers, being paid to be caregivers in the home, must now meet these California caregiver training requirements for senior care.

Senior care companies have already been in compliance with the majority of the specifics that will be enforced by this new law, such as performing background checks on caregivers and following the requirements for insurance and payroll taxes for caregivers. However, now caregivers will need to show proof of specific training on basic caregiving skills. The criteria for the initial training include understanding how to be a caregiver in the home and follow necessary procedures, followed by training on basic core competencies for caregiving.

  • 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

  • Caregivers may obtain this California caregiver training through a digital course and senior home care agencies by also efficiently provide this training to their caregivers through a digital platform that delivers easy tracking for monthly and annual reporting for renewals. Senior care companies may also purchase caregiver training bundles or monthly subscriptions through Caregiverlist. Senior care companies may also call 312-669-8821 for a quick tour and intro of the only training created by senior home care industry professionals.

    Alzheimer's Disease Treatment has had Little Progress since Dr. Alzheimer Identified Brain Plaques in 1906

    Congress recently passed a budget bill in December, giving a few hundred million towards the research of Alzheimer's disease. 

    While we are able to identify the existence of the same brain plaques Dr. Alzheimer found back in the early 1900's, we still are not sure why some people develop these plaques while others do not. 

    Researcher Sam Cohen shares some of the facts around Alzheimer's disease research.  One reason Congress included research for finding a cure for Alzheimer's is because of the huge costs associated with full-time senior care for those with memory loss. Medicare does not currently pay for ongoing senior care needs but Medicaid, for low-income seniors, does.

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