Caregivers interested in obtaining additional training in caring for seniors can obtain certification as a nursing aide or home health aide and attend customized training programs in hospice care and memory loss care.
Nursing Aide training involves learning hands-on care techniques, such as how to safely transfer someone from a bed to a walker or wheelchair and back to a chair or toilet. Nursing aide training also includes learning how to assist with all aspects of personal care including feeding, toileting, bathing and managing the emotional demands of caregiving. Nursing aide programs are available through local community colleges, community programs and some hospitals and nursing homes. You may find Certified Nursing Aide and Certified Home Health Aide programs in your area on Caregiverlist, along with their costs and admission requirements.
You may also purchase an online 10-hour caregiver training program for non-medical caregivers and receive a certificate of completion.
Many senior centers and associations for age-related illnesses, such as Parkinson's Disease and Alzheimer's Disease provide seminars and mini-training programs for both professional caregivers and family caregivers.
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The shootings in Alabama this week brought the spotlight to a Certified Nursing Assistant who came to the rescue of a 3-month old baby who was the one survivor on the front porch of the shooter's uncle's home. With the baby's mother shot and killed, along with four others, Alina Knowles quietly crept onto the porch to avoid being seen by the shooter and brought the baby to safety at a neighbor's house.
Her training helped her to respond with calmness to an emergency situation.
Many caregivers for seniors become certified nursing aides after a personal experience of caregiving. Caregiverlist's "Share Your Story" allows caregivers to share their experience of caregiving and also tell about what lead them to provide care as a professional caregiver. Caregivers working as Certified Nursing Aides learn how to cope with the emotional challenges of caregiving, as well as how to provide physical care assistance as well.