CLEVELAND, Oct. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Caregivers need to be certified to provide better care for patients, and to take better care of themselves, according to a new, national certification organization, CertifiedCare.org, based in Cleveland, Ohio.
"The need for caregivers has skyrocketed as our nation gets older and people of all ages develop conditions that require constant care. Yet many caregivers aren't trained properly on health and food issues so they give inadequate care," said Cathleen Carr, executive director of CertifiedCare.org and an expert on senior law and care-giving issues. "Furthermore, many caregivers burn out because they don't know how to handle stress."
"One way for families to feel increased confidence that the person providing care for themselves or their loved one is to insist that their professional care provider be certified. Employers need to know that the caregiver has solid skills and a unique understanding of how to make a difference in enriching the lives of the elderly," she said.
Among the leading reasons to become a certified caregiver are:
- FOOD - Are you well versed in elderly nutrition and dietary needs and how they change over time?
- CRISIS - Are you confident about what to do in any caregiving crisis?
- STRESS - Do you know how to handle the stress of caregiving? Do you know how to help an elderly person deal with stress in a variety of natural and gentle ways?
- LAW and MONEY - Do you know how to responsibly and legally handle another person's healthcare, legal and financial obligations?
"Well, either you do or you do not. If you do not, then you could only benefit from a comprehensive education and certification program and ongoing professional association. Right? Certified caregivers have learned how to do all this," Carr said. The course materials are online, so participants can study when it is convenient for them, and take the certification test at their convenience.
The educational programs offered by CertifiedCare.org are based upon the American Medical Association (AMA) Guidelines and are the foundation of the certification programs.
CertifiedCare.org's programs are uniquely distinguished. The program is designed and written by a highly educated, qualified and experienced teacher and practitioner.
"The demand for caregivers in the home is only going to grow for decades to come," Carr said.
For more information on how you can become a certified caregiver, go to http://www.certifiedcare.org
CertifiedCare.org provides alternative long-term care solutions through its certification programs and offers job counseling and job placement assistance for caregivers who are certified graduates.
CertifiedCare.org programs will teach caregivers how to avoid:
- Injury to yourself and others
- Hurting loved ones' feelings
- Angering clients
- Worry and anxiety
- Burn out
- Legal and Financial problems related to caring for the elderly, infirmed or disabled.
The site also has:
- Resources for elder care law
- Blog on current trends for caregivers
- Links to useful sites containing government services, elder law, retirement planning, travel services, end-of-life information and a host of other useful information sources
CertifiedCare.org believes that every elderly person who wants to stay at home should be able to do so, so long as they have someone to watch over them and help them live a safe and comfortable life.
We believe that many able-bodied persons can find meaningful work for reasonable wages in the growing field of elder care.
We believe we can get millions of people educated and prepared to take care of themselves, as well as someone else who really needs them.
For information, go to http://certifiedcare.org
About Cathleen Carr
Dr. Cathleen V. Carr, JD, Ph.D., is a nationally recognized Elder Care Specialist in the areas of Wills, Trusts, Probate, Elder Law and Holistic Health and Wellness. She has been a caregiver since she was 11 years old for both family members and friends. She developed the first certification curriculum and training program for assisted living companions that incorporates alternative therapies.