LarryM Asked October 2007

Should I look for a certification for the home caregiver that will be caring for my elderly parent?

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Should I be looking for some type of certification for the person who will care for my elderly parent? What's typical?

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lp532008 Mar 2008
Hello, I,m in need of some support, as I,ve just been dealt a "blow" (change) in my caregiving job. I've been a live-in caregiver (24hrs.-6days) a week for almost a year now. The lady has Parkinson's in the latter stages and is 82yrs. old. Very sweet and I've grown quite attached to her . They say you shouldn't and maybe I would't have if I hadn't lived in. Now one of the daughters has stepped up to make changes and I feel like I,m being rejected. The family has always been very gracious and even understood when sress had gotten me somewhat frustrated. they thank me alot, etc. But the one daughter has hired (not much notice0 2 more people and has elinated the live-in situation all together. Says because of caegiver -burnout and hher Mom needs a variety. She Doesn't want this, and wanted me (trustsme) and if it hadn't been for her speaking up, I woul've had only 2 ays a week! I cre so much for her ,I'm older (wisdom) , concientious, etc. I just hurt over this change and alot of it is because the new people are certified nurses. I can't get certifioation due o my bad back(spine in general), but that hasn't made a difference to me. I really don't use my back that much, so... all I know is it even angers me that I may be getting phased out entirely. What can or should I do? I did tell the daughter some of what I felt and she said she was sorry, but her Mom really needed more medical type caregivers.
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delilah Jan 2008
Though you don't have to become certified, it would probably help you to participate in some type of training and become acquainted with the programs that are locally put on for caregivers by the state and county health systems.
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jmack2008 Jan 2008
Do I need to be Certified to become a Caregiver for my 82 year old mother?
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june505 Oct 2007
Home Instead Senior Care (promoted on this website) is awesome. Really puts your mind at ease, very professional and caring.
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HelpingMom Oct 2007
I found some great tips right here on this site! Check out the article called How To Select a Home Health Care Agency, located under the Living section. It even has a checklist you can print.
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