Caregiving skills require learning how to care for a senior's physical and emotional care needs while also following state guidelines for senior care.
Why would states establish caregiver training guidelines?
Because quality senior care involves keeping a senior's healthcare on track and also following best practices for caregiving for the elderly which includes being educated on aging issues such as elder abuse. Elder abuse is not only physical, but also emotional, sexual and financial and the top financial abusers are usually close family members or friends. Healthcare issues are also regulated to maintain privacy by something called HIPPA: Health Information Privacy and Portability Act.
Both the elder abuse recognition and reporting skills and HIPPA knowledge are items that all caregivers should be trained on in order to provide quality senior care and now many states do require this training for caregiver certification.
California caregivers, for instance, must have 10 hours of caregiver training which includes training in HIPPA for caregiving and elder abuse reporting.
Find caregiver training requirements in your state to become a certified senior caregiver. You may also apply for a job as a senior caregiver as there is high demand for part-time and full-time caregivers for seniors.
Buy Caregiver Training for $59 or Join the Professional Association of Caregivers for $79 to be certified caregiver in your state.
Caregivers can now be trained online with interactive education modules. The good news for senior care is that caregiving really will always require a real person. Sure, robots can do some things. Talk to any senior who has assistance from a caregiver and you will quickly realize that caregiving requires emotional sensitivity and support as much as physical care.
Online caregiver training
allows caregivers who work all types of hours to easily gain new skills in order to deliver quality care. Sometimes caregiving can take a toll and this is why having the support of a senior care agency delivers the key to a successful caregiving relationship. Aging brings the welcomed wisdom along with monumental losses. Caregivers need support in their roles as much as a senior needs support from caregivers.
Senior caregiver training classes are now required in several states in order to provide a minimum standard of caregiving services for seniors along with protections for both the senior and the caregiver.
California's recent passage of the Home Care Consumer Protection Act requires caregivers there to receive 5 hours of training which include a minimum of 2 hours orientation training regarding the role of a caregiver and expectations as a caregiver employee (such as standard policies and procedures) + 3 hours of safety training encompassing basic safety precautions, emergency procedures and infection control. This total of 5 hours of training for senior care prior to working with a senior client must then be followed by 5 hours of annual training for any items considered to be a core competency.
Digital caregiver training classes are acceptable for California's caregiver training along with most other states, as the ability to study the text, accompanied by videos and audio, delivers a superior training format.
Keep in mind that senior caregiving skills cover a wide variety of topics and many college-educated individuals, without training, can easily fail the online caregiver training courses.
While basic caregiving skills include items many of us would think of, such as how to safely transfer a senior from a bed to chair, how to manage a clean environment, how to communicate with someone with memory loss, there are many more skills needed to successfully deliver senior care in a home caregiving environment, such as:
- Managing Family Dynamics
- Maintaining Care Plan Notes
- Understanding Signs of Dementia
- Emergency Planning
- Caregiving for Hospice (Dying) Seniors
- Universal Infection Control and Precaution
- Recognition of Abuse (Emotional, Physical, Financial)
- Proper Nutrition
Caregiving for seniors
can be very complicated and is much different than caring for children. Obtaining a basic caregiver training certification
enable anyone with a caring personality to become a senior caregiver. Consider becoming a certified caregiver and applying for a job position
as a caregiver in your area as more part-time and full-time senior caregivers are needed to assist with caregiving for America's aging population.
California's legislature passed a new requirement for professional senior caregivers in California to now have orientation training and safety training prior to working with a senior client, followed by 5 hours of annual training on core competencies. This training mandate is covered in Article 8 of the Home Care Services Consumer Protection Act. Once caregivers have completed this online course powered by Caregiver Training University, they receive a certificate and their name is added to the Certified Caregiver Training Registry.
California senior caregivers also must renew their training each year with 5 hours focusing on any of the core competencies, defined as training on:
- 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
- If involved in transportation services, how to safely transport a client
- Review of any job-related topics
The California caregiver training mandate also accepts online training programs for this initial 10-hour training and annual 5-hour training requirement which senior caregivers may take through Caregiver Training University (and their company may also provide them with this online caregiver training through the company' caregiver training portal subscription).
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.
Certification for senior caregivers means a caregiver has been trained on the basic caregiving skills and passed a competency exam to verify they completed the course work. Many skills must be mastered in order to deliver quality caregiving to a senior who may have challenges with mobility and memory, in addition to dealing with age-related illnesses.
Senior care companies nationwide, as part of the National Private Duty Association, now renamed the Home Care Association of America, came together to establish basic training skills for professional caregivers. The state of Illinois adopted these basic training requirements as part of licensing requirements for senior home care agencies in 2008. Most states do not have formal training requirements but suggest basic training skills be provided at orientation for new caregivers. New Jersey and Florida do have training requirements for home health aides.
Family caregivers, along with professional caregivers who would like to formerly begin a caregiving career may now take these industry established basic caregiver training through an online course to be certified. Senior care companies continue to seek high quality caregivers to fill ongoing part-time and full-time jobs and access Caregiverlist's proprietary hiring system to hire each week. You may apply to a professional caregiving job on Caregiverlist and be considered for multiple openings in your area.