Being a caregiver involves many responsibilities that may be new to someone who has just become a caregiver. People who want to begin careers as caregivers may look for caregiver training. Some caregiver training is designed to educate family members who are caring for loved ones.
Training for caregivers can teach the caregiver how to take care of the client or family member and how to take care of themselves so that they don’t suffer from caregiver burnout. Even professional caregivers can become so involved in the care of the client that they neglect their own needs.
Family caregivers may feel pressure to do it all. The caregiver burden can be overwhelming. However, the caregiver must learn to set healthy boundaries and manage stress. If the caregiver develops caregiver burnout, the caregiver may no longer be able to provide care for their loved one.
Classes for family caregivers may be available at a local hospital or non-profit organization. Some of the classes may teach skills such as assisted bathing or medication management. A family caregiver could also benefit from a stress management class even if it is designed for the general public and not exclusively for caregivers.
If a person who wants to become a professional caregiver is searching for classes, the person may want to consider seeking employment with a caregiver agency. The caregiver agencies usually provide their own training.
A caregiver can start a career with a caregiver agency and receive their training and get valuable experience in the field. The knowledge and experience probably will be useful even if the caregiver decides to seek private employment later.
The training offered by a home healthcare agency might include instruction on assisted feeding, bathing, dressing, and helping with other self-care tasks. The agency training is also likely to include information on how to handle emergencies and some laws and state regulations that apply to home healthcare in that state.
The caregiver agency might offer training in CPR or may require that the caregivers become certified through the Red Cross. The caregiver may be taught how to manage a client’s medication if that is part of the job requirement. Many caregiver agencies prohibit the caregiver from administering medication but may allow the caregiver to help remind the clients to take their medications.
Training from an agency may include information that is included in all job training like company policies. The caregiver agency might have strict policies on calling off from work due to the fact that the family is relying on having a caregiver during the scheduled time.
If the caregiver agency manages caregivers for families with children, the training may include extensive information on child rearing similar to what might be covered in a parenting class. The caregiver may need to learn about potty training, a child’s nutritional needs, behavior modification, and activities to do with the child that will help the child learn.
Often, the initial training is just the beginning of learning how to be a caregiver. The caregiver may need to attend on-the-job training and future caregiver classes.