Alzheimer's disease continues to impact us, with the most recent discussions around Super Bowl this week where the Denver Bronco's team owner will not be attending the game due to his battle with Alzheimer's disease. We still do not know how to cure Alzheimer's disease and the only way to get closer to both a prevention and cure for this disease is to study the brains and behaviors of those who both do and do not have the disease. The financial impact of caring for seniors with Alzheimer's disease already is in the billions of dollars, as both our public tax dollars, through Medicare and Medicaid, and private funds go towards caring for these seniors.
You can assist in finding a cure for this disease by spreading the word about the A4 study, funded by the National Institute on Aging, Eli Lilly and Company and several philanthropic organizations. The University of Southern California Alzheimer's Therapeutic Research Institute is coordinating the A4 study and seeking participants who are NOT DIAGNOSED with Alzheimer's disease yet.
Senior caregivers and seniors can learn more about this study and join or refer a friend to join the study. Visit the website to learn more and find a location near you and just send an email to the contact to begin the application process. The eligibility requirements for this clinical trial for Alzheimer's disease are below.
- Age 65 to 85 years old
- Healthy (Normal) Thinking Ability and Memory
- Study Partner with Minimum Weekly Contact with You to Answer Questions Annually
- Willing to Receive IV Infusions of Treatment or Placebo for 36 Months (36 Monthly Infusions)
- Agree to Have Health Monitored During Study
- Health monitoring includes memory and thinking tests, ECG's, PET scans, MRI scans, blood and urine tests
- Already Receiving Treatment for Alzheimer's disease
- Current Diagnosis with Serious or Unstable Illness
- Reside in a Skilled Nursing Facility of Nursing Home
Caregivers assisting seniors with memory loss can take an online caregiver training course to learn more about positive ways to manage caregiving for memory loss diseases and learn about the various types of memory loss diseases.
Alzheimer's disease, which causes memory loss involving forgetting person, place and time, has been diagnosed in 44 million people worldwide. This month, as the Denver Broncos compete in the Super Bowl, they will strive for their NFL championship as their owner, Pat Bowlen, continues to battle Alzheimer's disease. The Bowlen family did plan ahead effectively and the football team was securely placed in a family trust years before the announcement of Pat's Alzheimer's disease diagnosis.
It was in 2009 that Bowlen's memory loss was first discussed with a newspaper columnist and in 2010 he no longer played a role in the team's business decisions. His family will attend Super Bowl 50 but he will not (he is the father of 7 children).
The cause of Alzheimer's disease is still unknown, and the Denver Bronco's owner certainly engaged his brain in activity throughout his life, as he was also an attorney and involved in other business interests, in addition to having the challenge of operating a successful NFL franchise.
Recently Congress approved more funding to research Alzheimer's disease, which the Alzheimer's Association estimates costs the U.S. $226 billion in caregiving in 2015 as 5.3 million Americans live with the disease (1 in 9 Americans over the age of 65).
Regardless of which team you are cheering for in the Super Bowl, take the time to learn how you can become more involved in the fight against Alzheimer's disease. Plan ahead for your senior care needs and if you are interested in becoming a senior caregiver, either part-time or full-time, take an online caregiver training course to begin working as a caregiver as more caregivers are needed to assist with caring for America's growing number of seniors.
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.
Home care or senior home caregiving services, require specific training to be given to the caregiver in order to satisfy state requirements. Many states in the U.S.A. do have specific home caregiver training rules.
California recently passed legislation requiring senior caregivers to maintain an initial 10 hours of training for their first year working as a senior caregiver. The training encompasses 5 hours of orientation and safety training followed by 5 hours of training in core competencies. Then each year the caregiver must obtain renewal training by sharpening the saw in any of the core competencies.
Caregiver Training University
provides the basic training course with video and audio and an exam to confirm competency. The exam has 3 questions for each skill to meet standards of retention for training.
Senior caregivers may purchase the caregiver training
on their own for $59 and receive a certificate and senior home care agencies may also subscribe to a special package to provide the training to all of their caregivers at a discounted rate. In addition, the senior care companies
maintain a caregiver training portal that allows them to easily show state auditors the necessary information to confirm their caregivers have been trained.
California caregivers have been asking Caregiverlist lots of questions about the new California caregiver training mandate which has become effective as of January 1, 2016. Here is a quick run down of the new requirements and how to become a certified California caregiver.
What is the new California requirement called?
How many hours of training are required? 5 hours prior to working with a client + 5 hours annually which means a total of 10 hours for new caregivers followed by 5 hours every year of training on any of the core competencies of caregiving.
Can this training be digital? Yes.
How do you verify you have the training? Provide documentation of attending an approved training course covering the required topics and completing an exam showing competencies on the criteria (show that you were taught the info and know it). The Caregiverlist Basic Caregiver Training powered by Caregiver Training University allows you to maintain an account with a log-in and password to always access your training along with other information for caregivers such as popular books and movies to help you learn about all aspects of caregiving and how to "care for the caregiver" which means caring for yourself. Because senior caregiving requires emotional stamina as well as knowledge.
If you are a very experienced caregiver do you still have to take the training? Yes.
What is the ongoing annual training requirement? 5 hours incorporating learning in any core competencies such as age-related diseases, safety, activities of daily living.
How can you show that you have the appropriate training to a new employer? Present the time of training, the name of the training and show verification you completed the course (passing an exam qualifies).
Can your employer provide you with the training? Yes and they are required to do so but you can also present qualifying training upon interviewing.
Does Caregiverlist's digital training meet the requirements? Yes and you may learn more about the Caregiverlist Basic Training, the only training created specifically for senior home care.
How much does the training cost? $59 or $79 if you would like to join the Professional Association of Caregivers at the same time.
Why did California decide to pass a law requiring the training? As more and more seniors are choosing to age-in-place in their own home, the training and licensing requirements present a minimum standard for quality. In addition, the union that pursues caregivers as members through the low-income government caregiving programs, the SEIU, has been an advocate for training requirements (the SEIU won training requirements in the state of Washington which reimburses them for the hours that the caregivers are being trained which is 75 hours - this is too expensive for seniors to afford and because of that senior care companies only hire caregivers who already have the C.N.A. training so that seniors do not have to pay for 75 hours of training for a caregiver prior to having their services begin). The California legislature had dual bills for caregiver licensing and training proposed (one championed by the union) and finally passed AB1217 requiring the 5 hours of annual training and 5 hours prior to a caregiver being staffed with a senior.
Caregiverlist connects the caregiver's training certification from Caregiver Training University to their job application on Caregiverlist.
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.
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.Clients' Rights and SafetyHow to Provide for and Respond to a Client's Daily Living NeedsHow to Report, Prevent and Detect Abuse and NeglectHow to Assist a Client with Personal Hygiene and other Home Care ServicesHow to Safely Transport a Client (if Transportation is Required
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.
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.
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.
More than 15 million caregivers assist a senior diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. This month, Congress passed and President Barack Obama signed into law legislation authorizing a $350 million increase for Alzheimer’s disease research funding in 2016’s budget.
Disease modifying drugs and a cure will be the best way to allow the U.S.A. to be able to effectively care for seniors with the current Medicare and Medicaid benefits. The Alzheimer’s Association supported a research study to find how much money will be needed to adequately care for the growing number of seniors with Alzheimer’s disease, finding Medicare spending will more than quadruple in the next generation to $589 billion annually in 2050. By this time, if no cure or improved treatments are found, more than 16 million Americans will suffer from Alzheimer’s disease.
However, research funding for cures for cancer, AIDS/HIV and heart disease exceed $2 billion each. As someone in the U.S.A. gets Alzheimer’s disease every 67 seconds, this will also become an even larger economic issue for both American citizens and the government senior Medicare and Medicaid health care programs.
Women over the age of 60 are twice as likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease than breast cancer.
Studying our brains will be the key to more than just a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, which is another reason more money should be invested in this research.
Participation in clinical trials for Alzheimer’s disease is one step senior caregivers can learn more about along with joining Maria Shriver’s The Women’s Alzheimer’s Challenge to emphasize brain research. Share your story as an advocate, caregiver and activist for Alzheimer’s disease care and research.
Senior caregivers may obtain caregiver training for activities to engage with seniors with memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease in the digital caregiver certification training program. More caregivers are needed to assist senior's who may need part-time or full-time senior home care. Join Caregiverlist to be considered for caregiving jobs in your area. Anyone with a caring and trustworthy personality can become a senior caregiver.