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Must Be Certified to Provide Better Patient
Care and Self Care, Says CertifiedCare.org
CLEVELAND, Oct.31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
Caregivers need to be certified to provide
better care for patients, and to take better
care of themselves, according to a new,
national certification organization,
based in Cleveland, Ohio.
"The need for caregivers has
skyrocketed as our nation gets older and
people of all ages develop conditions that
require constant care.
Yet many caregivers aren't trained
properly on health and food issues so
they give inadequate care,"
said Cathleen Carr, executive director
and an expert on
senior law and care-giving issues.
"Furthermore, many caregivers burn out
because they don't know how to handle
"One way for families to feel increased
confidence that the person providing care
for themselves or their loved one is to
insist that their professional
care provider be certified.
Employers need to know that the caregiver
has solid skills and a unique understanding
of how to make a difference in enriching the
lives of the elderly," she said.
Caregivers can learn 10 benefits of becoming
caregiver by reading a free
report by Carr, which is available at http://www.CaregiverCertification.com.
Among the leading reasons to become a
certified caregiver are:
- FOOD - Are you well versed in elderly
nutrition and dietary needs and how they
change over time?
- CRISIS - Are you confident about what to
do in any caregiving crisis?
- STRESS - Do you know how to handle the
stress of caregiving? Do you know how to
help an elderly person deal with stress in a
variety of natural and gentle ways?
- LAW and MONEY - Do you know how to
responsibly and legally handle another
person's healthcare, legal and financial
"Well, either you do or you do not. If you
do not, then you could only benefit from a
comprehensive education and certification
program and ongoing professional
association. Right? Certified caregivers
have learned how to do all this," Carr said.
The course materials are online, so
participants can study when it is convenient
for them, and take the certification test at
The educational programs offered by
CertifiedCare.org are based upon the
American Medical Association (AMA)
Guidelines and are the foundation of the
CertifiedCare.org's programs are uniquely
distinguished. The program is designed and
written by a highly educated, qualified and
experienced teacher and practitioner.
"The demand for caregivers
in the home is only going to grow
for decades to come," Carr said.
For more information on how you can become a
certified caregiver, go to http://www.certifiedcare.org
CertifiedCare.org provides alternative
long-term care solutions through its
certification programs and offers job
counseling and job
placement assistance for caregivers who
are certified graduates.
CertifiedCare.org programs will teach
caregivers how to avoid:
- Injury to yourself and others
- Hurting loved ones' feelings
- Angering clients
- Worry and anxiety
- Burn out
- Legal and Financial problems related to
caring for the elderly, infirmed or
The site also has:
- Resources for elder care law
- Blog on current trends for caregivers
- Links to useful sites containing
government services, elder law, retirement
planning, travel services, end-of-life
information and a host of other useful
CertifiedCare.org believes that every
elderly person who wants to stay at home
should be able to do so, so long as they
have someone to watch over them and help
them live a safe and comfortable life.
We believe that many able-bodied persons can
find meaningful work for reasonable wages in
the growing field of elder care.
We believe we can get millions of people
educated and prepared to take care of
themselves, as well as someone else who
really needs them.
For information, go to http://www.certifiedcare.org
About Cathleen Carr
Dr. Cathleen V. Carr, JD, Ph.D., is a
nationally recognized Elder Care Specialist
in the areas of Wills, Trusts, Probate,
Elder Law and Holistic Health and Wellness.
She has been a caregiver since she was 11
years old for both family members and
friends. She developed the first
certification curriculum and training
program for assisted living companions that
incorporates alternative therapies.