Home health aide certification will involve yearly certifications for CPR and First Aid. As a caregiver you will also need to acquire twelve hours of continuing education each year in this field in order for the assisted living or nursing home to stay up to code with the state. Here we will find out more regarding the home health aide certification and how you can afford it, in addition to learning more about the required continuing education for this field.
CPR and First Aid Certification for the Caregiver
Working in this field you will need to obtain your CPR and First Aid certification. This will typically be paid for by your employer. Classes for these certifications will last an hour and can be taken online, followed by an online test, or it can involve a CPR instructor coming to your place of employment and teaching a two hour class, with no exam.
Continuing education for caregivers is required by the state and will involve attending lectures put on by hospice nurses or other types of health care professionals or it can involve taking an online exam.
Working as a Caregiver after Training
When working in this field you will only receive the maximum of four shifts of training. If you are not confident in your capabilities to handle this type of position after only four days, you can request additional time from the facilities administrator.
The facility nurse will also be available 24 hours a day by phone to answer any questions a caregiver might have regarding a patient’s needs. A caregiver can also speak with a resident’s on-call physician in the event of an emergency, such as an adverse reaction to the patient’s medication.
For patients that are on new types of medications, have suffered from a fall or are acting unusually, they will be put on what is referred to as alert charting. Alert charting will involve the caregiver assessing a resident’s condition by taking their vitals and interacting with them. Once this is accomplished the caregiver must then chart in the patients file how the patient acted during their shift as well as document their condition and note any changes. Doing alert charting is a way for the nurse to keep track of a resident’s condition and note if they are showing progress or if their condition is declining. A patient will need to stay on alert charting for an undetermined amount of time and will only be taken off of alert by the RN once the patient’s condition has significantly improved.
For more information on the career of the caregiver and to find out more regarding the available training you can take a look at this article, which also has information on the salary potential for this field.
The income for the caregiver will be based off of their years of experience in the field and the type of environment in which they work. For example, a caregiver that works for a private client, caring for them in their home has the income potential of 15$ to 30$ an hour, while the caregiver that works in a nursing home will make minimum wage or up to 10$ an hour.