Illinois caregivers must now meet a minimum training requirement in order to work as a professional senior caregiver. The Home Care Association of America (formerly the National Private Duty Association) assisted in developing the state of Illinois caregiver training requirements and pushing the legislation requiring training into law.
Senior care companies providing in-home senior care in Illinois must obtain a license for caregiving services and provide 8 hours of training for new caregivers along with an additional 8 hours of training each year.
The Illinois basic caregiver training guidelines must meet the following requirements as established in Section 245.71 of the Healthcare Worker Act which also requires caregivers to meet background check requirements.
Section 245.71 Qualifications and Requirements for Home Services Workers
Caregiverlist Basic Training Course: 12 Sections
Section 1. Caregiver Job Responsibilities and Protocol
Section 2. Senior Caregiver Job Description
Section 3. Communication Skills
Section 4. Care Plan and Care Plan Notes
Section 5: Personal Care and Toileting
Section 6: Adaptive Equipment for Transfers
Section 7: Basic Hygiene and Basic Infection Control
Section 8: Maintaining Clean, Safe and Healthy Environments
Section 9: Basic Personal and Environmental Safety Precautions
Section 10: Basic First Aid and Emergency Procedures
Section 11: Confidentiality of Client Personal, Financial and Health Information (HIPPA)
Section 12: Understanding Abuse and Neglect and Legal Issues
Senior caregivers are providing not only physical care, but also emotional care and must be the eyes and ears for a senior as they progress through the aging process. This is why professional training makes a significant difference in both the safety of the senior and caregiver and the quality of the care.
Digital online caregiver training may be taken to learn the basic senior caregiving skills. Caregiver Training University provides an online training course that teaches the 12 basic senior caregiving skills and provides tip sheets, audio and a review course and quiz.
Seniors and their family members should always ask about the caregiver training provided by a senior home care agency in order to insure they are receiving high quality senior care services. As many seniors choose to age-in-place in their own home, the senior home care industry has grown by more than 40% since 2008 which means a senior has multiple services to choose from. Ask about caregiver training to enable a wise choice for senior caregiving services.