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.