Veterans Are Not Getting the Medical Care They Need, Says CertifiedCare.org
by Dan Janal
CLEVELAND, Nov. 11, 2013 – Veterans who gave their souls and limbs to their country are not getting the care they need, said Cathleen Carr, president of CertifiedCare.org, the nation’s leading group that certifies caregivers.
“It is a disgrace the way our veterans are being treated when it comes to quality care. Veterans Day is the perfect day to highlight the quality of caregiving that our brave men and women need to survive day to day,” she said.
“It is very hard to find a certified caregiver who is trained to provide for the medical, nutritional and financial well being of our veterans,” she said. “Without proper training and certification, it is all too easy for a veteran to hire a caregiver who is incompetent, negligent or corrupt – or worse.”
Newspapers tell stories every day of people who are hired to be caregivers who embezzle money or steal drugs from their patients. Other people who are hired to be caregivers, or even family members, don’t have the proper training to provide medical care or nutritional help in preparing healthy meals, she said. Furthermore, if caregivers aren’t trained properly, they could suffer from burnout and deprive their patients of the quality and attention they were hired to provide.
“Our veterans are being shortchanged when they don’t get proper care. They gave their hearts and souls to defend our country. The least we can do as a society is to give them access to proper care when they come home,” she said.
She urges lawmakers in state and federal governments to set standards for caregivers so that when a veteran hires a caregiver, they know that that person is qualified to provide care.
CertifiedCare.org offers classes for caregivers that will help them on these issues:
- Avoid injury to yourself and others
- Hurting loved ones feelings
- Angering clients
- Worry and anxiety
- Burn out
- Financial problems related to caring for the elderly, infirmed or disabled.
- Starting out as a care giver
- Senior care resources
- Mastering the everyday challenges of the elderly or infirmed
- Dealing with relatives
- Holistic care giving
- Managing medical issues
- Safety issues
- Stress reduction techniques
- Mental health issues
- Legal and financial issues
- How to care for Alzheimer’s and dementia sufferers
- Avoiding, detecting and dealing with abuse
- About alternative medicine and the elderly
- Spiritually connecting
- About death and dying
- Caring for the caregiver
- How to hire professional caregivers
- Care giving job options
- How to start your own care giving business
- How to get registered and receive job placement assistance through certifiedcare.org
Certifiedcare.org also provides resources at their website and on their blog.
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 information sources
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.CaregiverCertification.com
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.