Louisiana caregivers are called "Direct Service Workers" and receive this designation when working for senior care companies or as caregivers for the disabled.
The definition by the state of Louisiana of a Direct Service Worker is:
An unlicensed person who provides personal care or other services and supports to persons with disabilities or to the elderly to enhance their well-being. The caregiver is involved in face-to-face direct contact with the person and is compensated through state or federal funds. Functions performed may include, but are not limited to, assistance and training activities of daily living, personal care services and job-related supports. from LAC 48:1 Chapter 92 Sub-Chapter A 9201.
Louisiana private pay senior home care agencies will also hire caregivers who are trained as Direct Service Workers.
Senior caregivers may take an online caregiver training course to obtain the Louisiana DSW training.
Direct Service Worker training includes these topics:
- Abuse, Neglect, Misappropriation of Property
- Staff Ethics for Direct Service Workers
- Human and Civil Rights
- Confidentiality and HIPAA
- Person-Centered Planning, Personal Outcomes and Self-Determination Philosophy
- Incident Documentation and Reporting
- Documentation of Services
- Environmental Emergency Procedures
- Infection Control and Universal Precautions
Louisiana caregivers may take this online DSW Caregiver training and apply for a caregiving job in their area on Caregiverlist.