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Real Life Caregiver Jobs – Share Your Story!

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Hi there all! This is Heather, with the myCNAjobs Recruitment Squad and I’ve recently had an idea that I’m pretty excited about. Before I tell you my idea, let me first start with an introduction.

I believe that story is such a fundamental part of life. Every person on this earth has a story to tell. As Madeleine L’Engle said, “Stories make us more alive, more human, more courageous, more loving.” So I’ve been thinking – we here at myCNAjobs want to give you the chance to make us more alive, more human, more courageous and more loving by sharing your story with us.

Caregivers have some of the richest stories I’ve ever heard. These tales contain selfless heroes, unbreakable bonds friendships, life lessons, and the stuff that makes us laugh and cry at the same time. That’s why I’m launching the myCNAjobs’ “Share Your Story” contest. I want you all to have the chance to get some of the stories you’ve collected from caregiver jobs out there! Tell the world the story you have found most precious or funny or valuable or even sad. Let us learn from your story!

Here are the guidelines:

  • Type up your best caregiver job story. It can be funny, meaningful, sad, exciting, or all of the above. Use your best story-telling abilities! ;)

  • Be sure not to give away any information you’re not comfortable with – you can always rename characters for anonymity.

  • Once you’re satisfied with your story, post it in the comments section on this blog! I’ll be reading them all as they come in.

  • On May 31st, the myCNAjobs Chicago team will select the best caregiver story from the batch, and the winner will be featured in its own blog post!

 

I’m so excited to hear your stories and share them with the myCNAjobs caregiver community. Good luck with your writing, and may you continue to daily develop your personal caregiver story.

Homecare Jobs – Growing Like Hotcakes

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The homecare industry is booming. America has a rapidly growing elderly population that desperately needs care, and many seniors prefer to remain in their homes for as long as possible. And who can blame them? Everyone loves the comforts and familiarities of home. So who is making this homecare industry possible? Who is working all of these homecare jobs? Answer – Caregivers, CNAs, PCAs, and HHAs.

The backbone of the homecare industry is caregivers. Caregivers carry varying degrees of training and certifications, but generally, they have some form of topic-specific caregiver training. Caregivers (who also go by the title “companions” or “homemakers”) working homecare jobs provide seniors with essential day-to-day assistance with personal care, meal preparation, medication reminders, and other tasks that enable them to stay at home.

The other integral group making the homecare industry possible are CNAs (certified nursing assistants).  More specialized and trained than caregivers, CNAs in homecare jobs provide direct assistance to Registered Nurses and monitor the patient’s overall health and wellbeing.

Other influential players in homecare job market are Personal Care Aides (PCAs) and Home Health Aides (HHAs). Both have very similar roles to CNAs, but go through a different certification process. They too work to provide the non-medical, personal care to clients that lets them stay at home longer.

Homecare jobs are everywhere, and they’re open to a wide variety of health workers. If you’re interested in becoming acquainted with some of the most popular homecare agencies out there, check out the top rated homecare agencies to work for in our caregiver choice awards program.

Florida Caregiver Training

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myCNAjobs is based in Chicago, and though it’s currently mid-April, there are a couple inches of snow on the ground. So it is with a keen sense of jealousy that we move on in our caregiver training series to the Sunshine state – Florida! Florida Caregiver Training comes with its own unique set of specifications and requirements for CNAs, HHAs, and Caregivers living in the state. (You’re all very lucky! ;) )

For Florida caregivers and companions there are no formal CE requirements, however the state does require all caregivers to have an initial topic-specific training course. Topic specific training can include subjects such as Ethics and Personal Rights or Emergency First Aid – areas that are important in all caregiver jobs.

Florida Personal Care Aides (PCAs) working under a Medicare/Medicaid waiver must fulfill Home Health Aide training administered by a certified home health agency. Additionally, PCAs must complete 12 hours of CEs annually, according to Florida Caregiver Training state standards.

Finally, CNAs in Florida must complete a state-approved CNA school program as well as 12 hours of CEs each year.

Caregiver training in Florida can come from a variety of agencies, companies, or schools. Your place of employment may offer regular CEs, or you might consider a low-cost, online option. Not only is caregiver training a requirement for Florida caregivers, it’s also been to show be helpful for preventing dangerous caregiver burnout. Stay on top of your game at your caregiver job and keep up your caregiver training!

Caregiver Training Tip – End of Life Care

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Sometimes it seems like every aspect of a caregiver job requires years and years of caregiver training – there’s just so much to learn! And some parts of caregiving are significantly harder than others. One such area is End of Life care. According to our research from the Q1 2014 Caregiver Trend Report, one of the top ten areas caregivers wanted more training is End of Life care.

And it’s no wonder – it’s an incredibly hard thing to cope with as a caregiver. Not to be a downer, but this is an extremely important topic for caregivers to understand. Providing the best possible end of life care to clients gives them the gift of comfort and the best quality of life possible, even in their last days. It’s a weighty, but essential task, and caregiver training can be a major help when one encounters this caregiver challenge.

End of life care is hard not only for the client, but it can be emotionally and physically draining for the caregiver too. Caregiver training can help prevent caregiver burnout by equipping you to deal with the daily challenges of your caregiver job, without running yourself into the ground. To find more tips and supports for the obstacles you might face in the field, visit our Caregiver Resource Center.

Delaware Caregiver Training

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We’re on the east coast again this week, checking out Delaware Caregiver Training requirements and what they means for the caregivers, CNAs, HHAs, and PCAs working there. As we always say, caregiver training looks different in each state and it’s pretty important to understand your state’s specific laws and requirements surrounding training.

Delaware Caregiver Training has some specific requirements for its direct care workers (DCWs) and its personal care aides (PCAs), as well as for its certified nursing assistants (CNAs). Let’s start with direct care workers and personal care aides. Delaware asks that prior to providing services, a topic specific competency evaluation must be successfully completed. Additionally, the DCW/PCA must demonstrate an ongoing proficiency in assigned tasks.

CNA jobs in Delaware require the person to complete a state-approved CNA program, pass the state-issued exam, and complete 12 hours of CEs (continued education) annually.

Options for Delaware Caregiver Training are many, and include options through home care agencies, nursing facilities, and even low-cost online options such as this caregiver training program. Training for caregivers will include topical education on items such as Promoting Client Independence, Infection Control, and Understanding Types of Abuse.

So if you’re on the road to a caregiver job in Delaware, don’t forget about the unique caregiver training requirements out there. We wish you the best of luck, wherever you are on the caregiving journey!

Caregiver Pay – For One Man, Mickey Rooney’s Estate!

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It’s not often that caregivers are the recipients of late-celebrities’ estates. However, when Mickey Rooney, the famous actor of the 30s and 40s, died on April 6, it was revealed that he had willed his entire estate to his stepson, who had been his primary caregiver in his old age (a nice bonus to CNA pay!).

True, Rooney’s estate was only worth $18,000 by the time he died (not your imagined multi-million dollar Hollywood estate), but he chose to give it all to his caregiver – not his wife, nor his 8 biological children. You can speculate all you’d like about Rooney’s motives for this unorthodox act, but it’s clear that he appreciated the work and self-sacrifice of his caregiver stepson.

When working a caregiver job, it’s not likely you’ll ever be assigned a celebrity client, or receive caregiver pay in the form of an entire estate. However, as Mickey Rooney noticed, your work is ESSENTIAL and enormously important – especially to the person you care for. Never lose sight of the impact of your CNA job, and always strive to provide your client with the best care that you can.

Caregiver Training Tip – Food and Culture

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Sometimes topics of caregiver training aren’t exactly what you might expect. For example, if you’ve just started in the field, you might not yet realize the role that culture plays in a caregiver job. The reality is that many elderly clients you come across may have an entirely different cultural background than you, and as we know, culture touches every part of our lives!

So our caregiver training tip of the day is on understanding the relationship between food and culture. We want to stress first and foremost how important sensitivity is in this area! Comments like “That’s weird!” or exclamations like “EW!” are never a good thing. Be sensitive towards different cultural food choices and habits and recognize that your client might find your eating habits “weird.” In fact, you might just learn to love a new ethnic dish if you keep an open mind. :)

Here are a few practical tips for dealing with food and culture:

  • Know that foods your client prefers and offer to make them more often!
  • Again, BE SENSITIVE and don’t criticize your client’s culture.
  • Providing good nutrition is important, so aim for meals that are both appealing to your client AND nutritious.

The area of culture is a reminder to us that being a caregiver is a collaborative job – you and your client must work together to understand each other and be happy and successful. The process can be challenging at times, but it can be enormously rewarding and a lot of fun! For more caregiver tips, hints, and helps, explore the Caregiver Resource Center and flourish in your workplace!

Home Care Caregiver Jobs Keep Folks Out of Hospitals

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In Manatee, Florida one home care agency has seen a gap in healthcare and is actively working to fill it. When the Affordable Care Act was instituted, hospitals all over the country had to crack-down on readmitting patients to the hospital for repeat complaints, since Medicare would not pay the bills of those readmitted with the same condition too soon. The result was that many elderly or disabled patients were left in desperate need of some alternative form of care.

This home care agency has stepped into the gap to provide in-home medical services, such as rehabilitation and teaching them to take care of their specific medical needs from home. One of their clients, a WWII veteran, is an ideal success story. He was hospitalized for congestive heart failure and when he was sent home, he was using a walker. At home, he began a rehab program through this home care agency – now he walks with just a cane, which he hardly uses. You can read more about this home care success story here.

This home care agency is not the only one to see a healthcare need and fill it. All over the nation, home health care companies are seeing an increasing need to assist the elderly in their homes, keeping them both comfortable and as healthy as possible. The market is alive – growing and changing with the population – and with it caregiver jobs are growing (especially in home care!). In some cases, state and federal laws are the cause of increased home care popularity, like in Minnesota, where they’ve proposed a caregiver pay raise! in others it’s simply the preference of the patient and family.

 Whatever the cause, home care is on the rise and people like you are needed to respond. We’re confident that caregivers can handle the challenges presented by the ever-shifting industry and we want to equip  them to do so as well as we can. Check out our Caregiver Resource Center, which offers lots of tips, hints, and supports for any caregiver!

Connecticut Caregiver Training

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This week we turn to the tiny, but great state of Connecticut, where we’ll find a unique set of caregiver training requirements for caregivers, CNAs, and HHAs in the area. Don’t forget that it’s essential to know the ins and outs of each state’s specific rules and regulations for caregiver training if you want to successfully obtain and keep a caregiver or CNA job.

 

Connecticut Caregiver Training doesn’t require any formal standards for companions and homemakers. That’s not to say Connecticut Caregiver Training is a bad idea for caregiver-companions. Though the state doesn’t require it by law, many employers prefer to see some level of training or experience before hiring (and it certainly helps to know the job and reduce caregiver burnout).

 

The laws are different for CNAs, who are required to complete a Connecticut CNA class and pass the exam, then complete 12 hours of CE (continued education) annually. Many options are open for Connecticut caregivers seeking this kind of training – many agencies offer in-house training programs, local hospitals and healthcare facilities offer courses, and there are low-cost online options available as well (you check out the caregiver training on this site if you’re interested in learning more).

The important thing to remember is that each state has different caregiver training requirements and it’s important to know yours! We wish you the best of luck Connecticut caregivers!

Illinois Caregiver Training

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I’m Chelsea with the myCNAjobs Recruitment Squad!

We’ve been getting asked about Caregiver training in Illinois. Today, I’m hoping to answer your most common questions about training programs and lead you down the right path in your caregiver career.

 

What are the different types of training?

CNA training is more hands on.

Caregiver training is best for those newer to the profession.

 

What are the Benefits of Caregiver training?

Caregiver training is great because it can help you feel more prepared for your day-to-day while working as a caregiver. Depending on your course, you may also receive state-recognized certifications that can help you negotiate a raise in pay.

 

What does it cost?

Caregiver training can range from easy online programs to in-person courses that typically cost $500-$1000 and take a few weeks to complete. You can find online caregiver trainingfor as little as $57 that only takes 10 hours to complete.

 

For more information on caregiver training, check out myCNAjobs youtube channel. Good luck!

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