Caregivers now must have certified training meeting state guidelines in many states, to enable the caregiver to provide high quality care and to protect both the senior and the caregiver. Caregiver training will include basic caregiving skills along with how to manage for emergencies and understand signs of elder abuse (and how to report....because elder abuse very frequently involves a family member as the abuser and caregivers are in a unique position to recognize and report).
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The recent election has left many caregivers hurt from the discourse that was easily spread. Take time to be thoughtful for others and spread kindness to your caregivers, seniors and everyone and we remember the gift of being an American.
How do you become a senior caregiver? As long as you naturally have a caring personality and an appreciation for the aging journey seniors are dealing with (a journey we all hope to be fortunate enough to make someday), then you just need to educate yourself on some proven skills that make caregiving a positive experience for both the senior and the caregiver.
The Professional Association of Caregivers assists you to learn the basic caregiving skills with an online course while keeping up with senior care industry news and you'll receive a t-shirt and lapel pin along with the training. You may also apply for a caregiving job on Caregiverlist to begin working as a companion caregiver.
Senior caregiving requires many skills to enable the care delivered to be successful for both the caregiver and the senior and their loved ones. Understanding basic skills for how to safely transfer, bathe and dress a senior along with knowing eldercare laws for privacy of information and elder abuse are all needed skills. Understanding age-related illnesses and how they progress, symptoms and treatments enable the caregiver to better provide care for the senior and better understand what they are experiencing.
Memory loss caregivers must understand the different types of memory loss in order to know how to manage the care.
Take online caregiver training to meet certification requirements in your state and to better assist as a family caregiver.
More senior caregivers are needed as America's seniors are living longer, while requiring some care services for at least a few of their "oldest old' years. Those are the years over age 85 where all of us will experience a decline in abilities as part of the natural aging process where cells stop regenerating.
Caregiving requires skills and with the proper training you can then begin working as a professional caregiver to fill part-time and full-time jobs during weekdays and weekends.
Become a senior caregiver by taking an online caregiver training course meeting the state requirements for states with established guidelines for caregiver training and apply for a senior caregiving job to be considered for positions in your area.
California caregiver training began in January of this year requiring 10 hours of training for new caregivers.
Certified Nursing Aides provide the hands-on care for seniors and others needing care in hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living communities. In the U.S.A., federal legislation was passed to mandate a minimum of 75 hours of training through an approved school for nursing aides to qualify to take the state certification exam to become a Certified Nursing Aide.
States can mandate additional hours for training which is why some states require 150 hours of study or more before an individual may take the nursing aide certification test.
Request C.N.A. Class Admissions packets for schools in your area and explore becoming a C.N.A. as there are ongoing job openings in this field. As more than 10,000 Americans turn age 65 each day and our seniors are living longer lives than previous generations, more qualified nursing aides are needed.
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You may also apply for a companion caregiver job while you are pursuing C.N.A. training as the only requirements are to have a caring and dependable personality. Senior care companies hire between 5 and 10 caregivers each week to keep up with staffing demands as seniors do not plan ahead for senior care. Senior care companies provide caregiver training and you may also take online caregiver training to become certified as a professional caregiver.
This week the Wall Street Journal reported that the senior home care sector has grown by 6.6% annually for franchise businesses, which is faster than the 2.6% compound annual growth rate for the franchise industry. Americans are aging, living longer, and choosing to age in their homes.
Caregivers, however, are still in demand, by these hiring senior care companies. Many people do not realize that senior care is an industry and that caregiving is a profession.
Join the Professional Association of Caregivers to receive online caregiver certification training, a t-shirt and lapel pin and become involved with a community of senior care executives who support "caring for the caregiver". Part-time and full-time job positions are available and companies hire new caregivers weekly to keep up with the quick turnaround required as seniors never plan ahead for senior care. States are also passing legislation requiring minimum training for professional caregivers and you can also learn about the state caregiver training requirements. Students and early retirees can enjoy working as a caregiver to earn income while also providing a fulfilling service.
Join Professional Association of Caregivers to begin your career.
Certified caregiver training allows senior caregivers to verify their knowledge and understanding of specific caregiving skills. Many people still do not realize that the senior care industry has established specific training mandates for senior caregivers in many states as senior caregiving has become a profession.
What is certified caregiver training?
This training guides individuals through the basic caregiving skills and explains necessary terms and safety requirements and job duties for professional senior caregivers.
- Caregiver training concepts usually include the following skills:
- Safety (for Emergencies and Environmental such as Hurricanes, Earthquakes)
- Care Plan Duties and Care Plan Notes
- Personal Care
- Understanding Age-related Illnesses such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and other forms of Dementia
- Safe Transfers
- Communication Skills
- Identifying Elder Abuse (Physical, Emotional, Sexual, Financial)
- Personal Care
- Safe Environment and Infection Control
- Meal Assistance
- Emotional Care for Aging Issues such as Death and Grieving
American women could not vote when Jerry (Geraldine) Emmett was born. But last night she marked her spot in history by announcing Hillary Clinton as the first female candidate nominated for president by a major political party in the U.S.A. Ms. Emmett has been an active member of the Democratic party for many years and claims life-long allegiance as she continues to live a long life! She arrived in Philadelphia to make the historic announcement of Hillary's nomination in person.
Regardless of which political party you are a member of or which candidate you support, appreciating the freedoms we enjoy and the ability to be recognized as someone still contributing to the world at age 102 deserves recognition and admiration.
There are still countries where women cannot drive, cannot vote, cannot own a business and cannot wear a bikini.
May we American women always maintain these freedoms and cheers to Jerry Emmett for reminding us that we are lucky to be aging in the U.S.A.!