Caregiver resources and continuing education

Caregivers perform basic medical tasks for their clients and continued education is helpful for both the caregiver and the client. Continued education and certifications can boost a caregiver’s career and can be a stepping stone to advanced positions in the medical field.

Caregiver Resources:

Continued education for caregivers can be as simple as taking classes that pertain to disorders and illnesses or how to assist better with activities of daily living (ADLs).

CareFamily offers over 90 courses that are currently free of charge. These courses are online based learning programs and can be completed in a short period of time on the computer.

To access the courses, log-in to your CareFamily account and click on the E-learning tab at the bottom left hand side of the page. You can scroll through the courses and choose which courses to take.

Caregivers who complete an E-learning course through our system will receive a public online certificate that is displayed on their profile.

CareFamily also offers a 23 hour comprehensive Alzheimer’s package for $90 and a 40 hour comprehensive caregiver package for $160. These classes are great for someone who would like to make caregiving a career and want to get an in depth look at Alzheimer’s or caregiving as a whole.

Some of the common caregiver certifications are Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA), Home Health Aids (HHA) and Patient Care Assistant (PCA).

The CNA certificate is a program that can be completed in as little as four weeks. The CNA program consists of classroom education, laboratory experience and a comprehensive exam. Certificate requirements and tuition amount are state specific.

Licensed caregivers can work on more hands-on medical cases and have the opportunity to make more money than unlicensed caregivers.

A CNA license can be a good stepping stone to higher medical positions such as LPN or RN. Many CNAs begin their medical career with a caregiving job as a CNA and work up to the RN degree.

Websites such as Medicare and the U.S. Department of Health offer tips and support for caregivers. Our CareFamily blog is also a good resource.