Do Caregivers Need Specific Education and Skills to Work in Home Care Industry?

  • Posted by Lisa
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  • September 9, 2019
Do Caregivers Need Specific Education and Skills

Caregiver skills, and a caregiver management software, are two vital things to have if you wish to provide full-time care to others in their homes. The right caregiver skills are a true asset. Let’s look at a few specific credentials or skills you usually need in order to get started in this line of work:

1. First of all, a degree in Nursing can work literal wonders, and though it can take a few years to get, it’s one of the best ‘open doors’ into the industry. With one, you get your feet wet, as the expression goes, and see if this is really an industry that’s right for you and if you can do it long-term.

2. Another option is CPR and First Aid Training, which in some states, believe it or not, is actually a legal requirement. So no CPR/First Aid= no job. It’s that simple. This is an invaluable life skill that can not only serve you in this field, but in general — who knows when you might be required to save your own life or someone else’s (even someone who is not within a nursing home or home care setting? Think about it….)?

3. Additionally, those who want to provide care must be both willing and able to undergo and pass both a thorough background check and a drug test. And not only that, but they must also be willing to take a drug test ‘at random’, whenever one is requested by either the client or the agency. Failure to do so, or to be willing to do so, will be considered an act of insubordination and non-compliance, which can, and usually will, result in denial of employment or termination.

4. Verifiable references, speaking multiple good things about the person seeking a caregiving position, are another credential that is invaluable. One ought to have good balance of references, both personal and professional, and it’s ideal that they be from someone who has received care or treatment in the past. Even volunteer work counts, and is held in high respect, by agencies conducting reference checks. Think about it — the fact that you were both willing and able to take care of someone else, and more so, out of the goodness of your heart (if without a salary, as a volunteer), and that person gave you a shining reference —- it truly speaks to your character, which is what succeeding in this industry is all about.

5. In addition, many states require non-medical training as well. Usually, a certain number of completed hours is ideal, and at the very least, puts the candidate far ahead of others who are also applying. The more prepared you are, the better you are, in this sense. There are some states, like Alabama, that do not require any training or licensure, but most others require completion of at least an 8 – hour certification course. Check with your state agencies (some also pay for such training themselves).

You could also get your Caregiver CNA. For that, all you need is a high school diploma. Lots of options exist —- pick your path now!

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How to Match Home Care Clients with the Perfect Caregiver?
Qualities and Traits of Caregivers Looking to Care for Their Loved Ones

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