As more and more seniors are aging in place, it’s more and more important for caregivers to know how and why to access in home caregiver training. Ultimately, the goal of training is to learn how to best support the family and senior, providing a safe, healthy, and peaceful environment in the home.
In this article, we will look at what is taught during in home caregiver training and where you can access it.
What is taught?
Before you go into a senior’s home, its important to have an idea of what kind of care may be needed. In home caregiver training revolves around different types of care.
Hands-on Care: Another name for hands-on care is personal care. This kind of care would involve bathing, dressing, transferring, feeding, and toileting. When you learn the right techniques and practices for this kind of care, not only will your training be appealing to families, but you may be able to receive higher pay for your work.
Health-related Issues: Many seniors deal with disease of some kind, from diabetes and arthritis to dementia and Alzheimer’s. Learning how to properly interact with and support a senior with various health-related issues can go a long way. In this kind of training, you might also learn about medication reminders and how to administer medications.
Emotional Support: Whether the senior simply needs quality companionship or has some level of depression, it’s important for caregivers to know how to provide emotional support effectively. Being strong in this area can become one of the most important aspects of the job, allowing you to build strong bonds with the senior and the family.
In Home Caregiver Training Opportunities
Life experience and on-the-job experience can go a long way in caregiving. For example, if you took care of your grandmother as she aged, you would most likely be very qualified to be a companion caregiver.
However, in order to provide hands-on care, have more job opportunities, and receive higher pay, it’s a good idea to pursue particular licences and certificates. As an example, a good number of CareFamily caregivers have or are pursuing a CNA (certified nurse’s aide) certificate or licence. If you would like to be able to administer medications, you would also need a license for that.
Be sure to research local caregiver training centers. Here is a short list of larger associations that have training programs for caregivers:
CareFamily’s Online Caregiver Training (see below)
In order to access CareFamily’s caregiver training classes, you have to be a CareFamily caregiver and sign in to your account. Signing up is free, and many of the online classes are free as well. Take advantage of this great opportunity for training by starting here.