CareAcademy Badges

CareAcademy Badges

What do they mean for caregivers and those that rely on them?

Beginner Caregiver

Level 1 Caregiving classes are an excellent way to learn basic skills and for veterans to refresh their skills. Classes include Safety Precautions, Emergency Procedures, and Maintaining a Clean and Healthy Environment.

Intermediate Caregiver

Level 2 Caregiver classes are for caregivers that have clients that require more than companion care. Classes include Transporting an Older Adult, Nutrition, Food Prep & Meals For Professional Caregivers.

Advanced Caregiver

Level 3 Classes help caregivers looking to advance in their careers. Level 3 classes focus on managing chronic diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

Being a Professional Caregiver

This class teaches fundamental skills on professionalism and communication with clients, their families, and caregiver colleagues. At the completion of this course, the caregiver has been taught to:

1. Define what a professional caregiver is.
2. Interact with clients and their families about caregiving responsibilities
3. Know their rights as a caregiver
4. Interact with teammates to follow their care plan
5. Take care of their needs
Benefits: After this class, a caregiver will understand the professionalism needed for a client and effective communication skills

Emergency Preparedness for Caregivers

Emergencies happen every day, and caregivers will need to know how to respond to them. This CareAcademy class teaches caregivers how to use recommended techniques so that they respond to different types of emergencies in the right way.

1. Evacuate an older adult due to a natural disaster

2. Create an emergency supplies kit

3. Apply standard fire safety tips in a fire emergency

Benefits: Caregivers can respond the right way to many different types of emergencies, from natural disasters to home fires. 

Safety Precautions for Caregivers

Caregivers must be concerned about the safety of the older adult who they are caring for, & also their own safety. In this CareAcademy class, caregivers learn how to apply the following safety precautions when in the home.

1. Personal safety precaution

2. Environmental safety precautions, such as reducing falls and risks in the home

3. Identifying red flags in the older adult’s condition

4. Managing behaviors


Benefits: For caregivers, be able to maintain safety in the home & get their client the help they need when they need it.

Communicating with Older Adults

Older adults have special considerations such as hearing to consider when communicating. In this class we show caregivers how to be aware of these considerations and the best tips for how to communicate with older adults with hearing issues. In this class, caregivers are taught how to:

1. Apply good communication techniques with older adults

2. Apply good communication techniques with older adults who have a physical disability that reduces their ability to communicate, such as a hearing impairment

3. Apply communication techniques with older adults who have memory problem

Benefits: Caregivers will learn how to communicate during difficult situations with their clients

Clients’ Rights

In this class, caregivers learn how to think about the issues surrounding privacy, especially HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act).

The following is covered in class:

1. Knowing the client’s rights when providing care (including promoting dignity, independence, privacy and choice)

2. What is ethical behavior for professional caregivers

3. Recognize the laws on confidentiality of client information (Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act, HIPAA)

Benefits: Learn about HIPAA and additional ways that a caregiver can prevent mistrust with their clients and ignoring their right to privacy.

Maintaining A Clean and Healthy Environment (Infection Control)

This class teaches a caregiver how to maintain a clean, safe, and healthy environment and take sanitary precautions.

1. Define infection control and describe why it is important

2. Describe some common infectious diseases

3. Demonstrate the appropriate practices for controlling infection when it happens

Benefits: This class teaches caregivers how to maintain a clean and healthy environment.

Cultural Competency for Caregivers

Caregivers learn the ins and outs of the soft skills needed to work with clients and their families including the following:

1. Define cultural competence and stereotypes, and describe their role in caregiving 

2. Recognize their client’s cultural differences in communication

3. Assist their client with expressing his or her personal faith and respect any religious practices they have requested

Benefits: This class teaches caregivers soft skills needed to work with clients and their families

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