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Q&A: “What do I need to know about caregiver training?”


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Are you ready to embark on your caregiver journey…but aren’t too sure what you need to do to become one? Most states in the U.S. require caregivers to complete a basic training course, so it’s a pretty darn important step you don’t want to overlook! Check out the details on some of what you’ll learn in a “Basic Training for Caregivers” course:

Duties of a Caregiver – Learn the basic scope of a caregiver’s job, including how to preserve your clients’ safety and integrity, help with mobility and independence and how to work within the rules and regulations that govern your job.

Providing Personal Care – Learn to capably assist a client with personal care tasks like bathing, dressing and grooming, as well as oral care, foot care and even how to give a client a gentle massage.

Infection Control – Good infection control starts with proper hand washing, but continues through many steps the caregiver can take. Understanding this topic will help you keep your clients–and yourself and others–as healthy as possible.

Environmental Hazards and Safety – In this course, you will learn how to help create a safe, comforting environment, and how to keep it free from hazards. Creating and maintaining a safe environment is important for both you and your clients.

Basic First Aid – Learn basic first aid, including burns and poisons, heart attack and shock, chocking and falls, stoke and wounds, and other sudden emergencies.

Psst! is offering a course that meets orientation training requirements for many states, including the Illinois 8-hour home caregiver training mandate.

The course requires passing each quiz with a score of at least 80%. You may re-take the quiz as many times as you need for a passing score. Upon successful completion, you may view/print your certificate and your name is entered into a database which verifies that you passed. You can purchase the test here, and take a sample here is the nation’s online destination dedicated to connecting seniors with quality senior care choices. helps seniors and their loved ones define care needs, understand the many caregiving options and costs and connect to senior home care agencies that meet’s checklist of quality standards. is also a leading caregiving career and recruitment resource. Visit

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