Senior caregivers assisting seniors in their homes may be companion caregivers or may be certified home health aides or certified nursing aides, depending upon the state where they are working and the licensing requirements for that state's department of health. If there is no hands-on care required, the majority of states do not require formal certification or training for a senior caregiver. However, most professional senior home care agencies do require new employees to complete their training program and provide ongoing training in caring for seniors with memory loss, for hospice care and for other age-related diseases such as Parkinson's disease.
Caregivers interested in pursuing a career as a professional caregiver working for a senior home care agency or assisted living community or nursing home may further their skills by taking nursing aide practice tests and regularly reviewing the nursing aide exam questions.
Caregiverlist offers a free question of the day and 10-question certified nursing aide sample test, provided by Headmaster, a leader in administering state nursing aide test exams. You may also find certified nursing aide training programs in your area.
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