How to become a licensed caregiver for senior home care

How do you be become a senior caregiver?

Senior care has grown to become a professional service in the home. However, many people do not realize senior care is now a profession which is regulated by health departments in each state. Part-time and full-time job opportunities in senior care are available and you can get hired immediately – there is that much of a need for more senior caregivers.

  • How to become a licensed senior caregiver:
  • Resume to show work history and volunteer positions that assist others
  • Background check to confirm no criminal record
  • Caregiver Training meeting state requirements
  • Certification for Training courses completed

Anyone with a caring personality who also shows they have a track record of being trustworthy can become a senior caregiver.

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What are the state training requirements for caregivers?

Senior caregiver training guidelines vary in each state but the basic caregiver training skills include 8 hours of training to learn how to communicate with seniors, understand how to identify elder abuse, understand HIPAA privacy requirements and environmental and emergency safety. Safe transfers and infection control are also part of the basic training skills.

Caregiverlist caregiver training was developed specific to state requirements for caregivers working in the home. An experienced team of senior home care professionals at Caregiverlist can assist you to learn your state’s training requirements.

Renewal caregiver training and basic caregiver training can be taken in online courses.

California caregivers must have 10 hours of training their first year, followed by 5 hours of training every following year, for example. Learn more and apply for a job in your area, or refer a friend to be a caregiver as more caregivers are needed to work in senior care as America’s population continues to live longer and prefer to age-in-place.

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California Caregiver Training Requirements

Senior caregivers in California now must be certified for caregiver training meeting the states new requirements.

Senior caregivers working in homes in California must complete:
2 hours of Orientation Training
3 hours of Safety Training
5 hours of Annual Training on Caregiving Core Competencies

Members of the Professional Association of Caregivers receive online training and California caregivers may receive the 10-hour California training by Caregiver Training University.

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Online Caregiver Training

Professional Association of Caregivers membership includes basic caregiver training through an online course powered by Caregiver Training University.

The basic caregiver training includes the following topics:

Training Modules

  • Caregiver Job Responsibilities and Protocol
  • Senior Caregiver Job Description
  • Communication Skills
  • CARE PLAN and Care Plan Notes and Activities
  • Personal Care and Toileting
  • Adaptive Equipment for Transfers (Gait Belts and Lifts)
  • Basic Hygiene and Basic Infection Control
  • Maintaining a Clean, Safe and Healthy Environment
  • Basic Personal and Environmental Safety Precautions
  • Emergency Procedures, Including Basic First Aid and Client’s Emergency Preparedness Plan
  • Confidentiality of Client Personal, Financial and Health Information HIPAA
  • Understanding Abuse and Neglect
  • Bonus Section: Stroke Care

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Professional Association of Caregivers Code of Ethics

Professional Association of Caregivers members agree to follow these ethics as senior caregivers:

  • I will always treat my clients with kindness and respect.
  • I will always arrive at the client’s home on time, preferably 5 minutes before the start of my scheduled hours. If I might be late, I will immediately call.
  • I will follow the Plan of Care each day for my client.
  • I will maintain a clean and organized home for my client.
  • I will never leave my client unattended. If the relief caregiver is late I will immediately call the Care Manager.
  • I will address my client by their last name unless they invite me to use their first name.
  • I will honor the client’s right to privacy and confidentiality, including their identity, address, and telephone number.
  • I will keep my religious beliefs, political choices, or personal issues private and likewise respect my client’s beliefs.
  • I will call 911 immediately when there is a medical emergency and then call my senior care company office or Care Manager.
  • I will not engage in financial transactions nor intimate relationships with a client or family member.
  • I will never use alcohol or illegal drugs as a professional caregiver.
  • I will only use my personal mobile phone for calls and texts during rest or break periods.

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