What Kind of Caregiver Do You Want to Be?
There are many caregiver classes, certifications, and licenses that you can get. We link to the Institute for Professional Care Education below, but there are many ways to get the necessary training. As mentioned on the Caregiver by State page, requirements can vary greatly by state. Make sure you know what is required before getting your training.
Caregiver classes are designed to help the everyday individual in taking care of their loved ones and do not offer any professional level certification. They cover topics such as such as personal care, nutrition, home safety, and Alzheimer’s care. Classes are a great way for family and volunteer caregivers to gain vital information about caring for their loved ones who suffer from chronic illnesses or disabilities.
The next step up from classes are caregiver certifications. Caregivers can earn general certifications, as well as ones relating to specific illnesses and needs such as dementia, disabilities, multiple sclerosis, and more. Certification will help you gain the trust of seniors and their families by giving you credibility above and beyond your hands-on training. They’re also a great way to set yourself apart from other care providers.
The highest level of training for caregivers are licenses. Depending on your state's requirements, caregivers who assist patients with day to day tasks such as companionship, cooking, and personal care may not necessarily need to be licensed. Licensing is often required for CNAs (Certified Nursing Assistants), HHAs (Home Health Aides), and other professionals that provide medical care.
There are many ways to get the caregiver training you need. Once you decide what level of training is best for you, you’re ready to get started. Just remember, please check your state requirements before beginning any training.