The Caregiver Training program is designed for those aspiring to become certified caregivers at assisted living or residential care facilities. The program is approved by the Arizona Department of Health Services and provides theoretical as well as “hands-on” practical training to meet the growing needs of elderly care, including instructions on the aging process and health conditions of the elderly, delivery of quality care to the elderly as related to activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, feeding, toileting and ambulation), medication administration and measuring vital signs. The “theoretical” portion of the training program is provided online or by correspondence. The training program is offered at three levels corresponding to the three levels of care. Training at each level of care is offered as a separate course that requires testing and certification. Each course is composed of several lessons that end with a brief review in the form of quizzes which will help you understand each lesson more fully. A supervised externship at an approved assisted living facility will provide the “hands-on” experience required for certification.
The program is divided as follows:
1. Supervisory Care (30 hours)
2. Personal Care (20 hours)
3. Directed Care (20 hours)
4. Externship Training (30 hours)
This course provides basic knowledge and skills in general supervision of elderly residents, including how to keep awareness of residents functioning, crisis recognition and intervention, and providing assistance with intrinsic daily living needs and administration of prescribed medications.
The course teaches how to provide assistance with activities of daily living that includes eating, bathing, dressing, toileting, and transferring and walking; administration of medications or provision of intermittent nursing services.
The course provides knowledge of aging and Alzheimer’s disease and how programs and services are provided to persons who are incapable of recognizing danger, requiring assistance, expressing need or making basic care decisions. Control of behavioral problems due to dementia.
Placement in an actual work situation to work directly with residents at an Assisted Living Facility under the supervision of experienced staff. Will provide manual skills training in how to measure vital signs using portable equipments, and how to handle and transfer residents safely, bathing, grooming, ambulation, perineal care and cooking.