Senior caregiver positions are available in-house with senior citizens who choose a senior home care agency and work in facilities such as nursing homes, hospitals and assisted living communities.
Both companion caregivers and certified nursing assistants or home health aides are required to assist seniors with activities of daily living. As many times a senior care need may change, it is important to be flexible to adapt to senior caretaker services.
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Training programs are available for caregivers to learn skills in communicating with seniors with memory loss and hand care skills to move safely to seniors with mobility challenges.
What skills are required?
- Caring personality
- Ability to communicate easily with older adults
- Dependence (caregivers often help with meals and medication)
- Trustworthy (ability to pass a criminal background check)
- Able to follow instructions
- Open to learning new skills.
Caregivers can get more information by checking the job descriptions of senior caregivers and giving the Practice Nursing Assistant exam. Most nursing associate programs are six to eight weeks. Admission requirements vary but usually require a high school diploma or equivalent.
Senior caregivers must also be able to deal with the challenges of the stress seniors experience when they lose their loved ones to death or develop the additional age-related disease. It is important to have a strong support system and a way to vent positively at the end of a difficult day.
Online training programs are also available, to learn about both the physical and emotional aspects of care. By learning about the available training, you can find out if this is an industry where you would like to begin a career path and apply for a job in your area on Caregiverlist.