Caring for another person and helping them to improve or maintain their quality of life can be a huge help for the care recipient and their families. Likewise, providing long-term care and assisting others to live fulfilling lives at their highest potential can bring deep satisfaction of a job well done.
If you’re interested in becoming a caregiver, there are a variety of trainings you can choose to pursue. Here are some training options recommended by us, at Open Arms Solutions.
Free Caregiver Training Certification Program
A simple way to get started is by signing up and completing the Free Caregiver Training Certification Program provided by myCNAjobs.com.
Some of the online courses in this program include:
- The fundamentals of a Home Care Caregiver
- The fundamentals of a Senior Living Caregiver
- Patient Rights, HIPAA, & Confidentiality
- Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)
- Nutrition & Food Safety
- Fall Prevention & Safety
To earn the Caregiver Certification, you will need to complete the online courses followed by an assessment at the end of each course to show your newly-acquired skills and knowledge.
Once all courses and assessments are completed, you will receive your certification which will allow you to start applying for caregiver job positions and start working.
Read more information and sign up for the Free Caregiver Training Certification Program here.
Colleges in Illinois
If you’d like to take your training a step further and acquire a college degree, below you can check a list of local colleges recommended by Open Arms Solutions.
The Harper College nursing program prepares students to provide quality care for clients across their lifespans in a variety of health care settings. Harper offers degree and certificate programs for students seeking immediate employment in nursing, as well as an RN-to-BSN completion program for those who plan to transfer to a four-year university.
For more information about starting your nursing education at Harper, browse their website or fill out their request information form.
At Rasmussen College, you can earn a certificate or a diploma, an associate’s degree, a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, and even a doctoral degree in nursing so you’ll definitely find a course to your liking based on what level of education you’re interested in.
For more information about starting your nursing education at Rasmussen, visit their website or request more information using the form at the bottom.
Joliet Junior College
Joliet also offers various training options. You can become a Certified Nursing Assistant, take CPR courses approved by the American Heart Association, earn an Associate in Applied Science degree or a Certificate of Achievement in nursing, or become a Practical Nurse, or a Registered Nurse.
For more details, visit their website.
Finding More CNA Training Opportunities
If becoming a caregiver or trained CNA in the state of Illinois sounds promising, myCNAjobs.com provides a directory of training programs and schools that you can use to find training opportunities near you or online.
Go to myCNAjobs.com/find-cna-classes, enter your zip code and search for local schools.
Some of these institutions may provide classes that are a good fit for your schedule. Some may charge tuition. Contact these establishments directly for more information.
What does a caregiver need to be prepared for?
Regardless of which education path you choose to start your career as a caregiver, we’ve listed below what caregivers typically need to be familiar with to help you find appropriate training.
- Activities of daily living (bathing, toileting, brushing teeth, skin and hair care, teeth and denture care, meal prep, medication reminders, housekeeping)
- Transfer training using a gait belt, Hoyer lift, sit to stand
- HIPPA and confidentiality and patient rights
- Infection control (basic hygiene, germs, common conditions, COVID)
- Nutrition and food safety
- Fall prevention and safety
- Preventing elder abuse
- Infection Control
- Memory loss, dementia, stroke and seizures
- Client-centered and family-orientated end of life care
Working with Open Arms Solutions
Are you already a caregiver looking for job opportunities?
We are a local, growing senior care company serving the metropolitan Chicago area and surrounding Chicago suburbs. Our caregivers enjoy many benefits including competitive wages, mentoring, ongoing training, and flexible schedules.
Some requirements to work with us include:
- Six months of caregiver experience with seniors is required
- Must have the passion and motivation to care for others
- Must live our Core Values which are being positive, team-oriented, always do the right thing, be compassionate, and provide excellent service to our clients
- Must have a valid state ID or DL
- Must be vaccinated against COVID-19
If you’re interested in working with us, you can apply to be a caregiver here.