Many Americans find themselves providing care for elderly loved ones. It seems never anticipated problems endlessly arise, such as maintaining quality of care and juggling long distance caregiving. On top of that, most people do not know how to thoroughly evaluate or efficiently manage care provided by caregivers or monitor the quality of care received by their loved ones. With the ever changing landscape that elder care has, how can families easily assess the level of care provided to their elderly loved ones while at the same time protect themselves from charges of abuse and neglect?
This service helps ensure the safety of seniors who are home alone or in their institutional environment. This service also ensures that seniors are receiving the proper quality of care they need, and that they are not being abused or neglected.
Communities across the country need Senior Care Auditors for the growing population who want to stay at home well into their 80s, 90s and 100s. Many of the seniors will remain in their own homes to the end of their lives. Most live alone and have family at a distance. They and their families welcome the assistance and peace of mind a SCA can provide whether or not there is a caregiver available. Busy, sandwiched families need help with loved ones nearby or at a distance. Others need someone to look in on loved ones they might be estranged from or who live far away from them.
Senior Care Auditing is a new service expected to grow substantially over the next 30 years as the population of seniors sharply increases. U.S. Department of Commerce Economics and Statistics Administration reports that “In 2050, the number of Americans aged 65 and older is projected to be 88.5 million, more than double its projected population of 40.2 million in 2010.”
Dr. Cathleen Carr, Executive Director of the education, certification and registry organization CertifiedCare says the answer is for the public to use Senior Care Auditors (SCAs). “Senior Care Auditing is an‘aging in place’ service”, she said.
What is a Senior Care Auditor? Senior Care Auditors provide scheduled visits with seniors in their private home or facility. They complete an audit of the residence and senior by evaluating the premises and person(s) condition (not health condition, but mood and appearance). While onsite, the Senior Care Auditor completes the checklist and transmits it to the client.
Agencies and service providers hire SCAs part time. Most registered and certified SCAs work for themselves for agencies in their communities or for private clients.
Some Senior Care Auditors also provide personal care or other convenient services, if requested. Adding the SCA service to an existing senior care service, like transportation, personal care, companionship, errands, etc., is the smartest way to go to quickly grow your clientele. Seniors know other seniors and their families know other families in similar circumstances and word of mouth gets around fast.
It is important that SCAs have complete education about senior care and safety in the home environment. How can you credibly evaluate the quality of service provided by a professional caregiver or thoroughly access a residence for safety when you do not know much about the subject? Our students get the comprehensive education they need to provide safe quality SCA and personal care services to any type of frail elderly person whether they live at home alone or are in an institutional environment, says Carr.
Dr. Carr explains, “Families at a distance will use this service to keep wise eyes on their loved one(s), and seniors without families use it for themselves. Most seniors seem to prefer one person providing assistance. They find it stressful to have to constantly get to know new people and have strangers in their homes. The typical home care aide is not educated about the aging process or modern in home person centered care. Their range of service provision is limited and turnover is high.”
After receiving complete accredited senior personal care education, registered certified Senior Care Auditors are much more capable and versatile than ordinary care aides. These SCAs are specialized and certified in in elder personal care and safety, Alzheimer’s- Dementia and Special Needs care. This is why one registered certified Senior Care Auditor can provide multiple services and be paid accordingly.
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“There are millions of seniors that reside at home alone, and almost 40% say they have a disability that requires some assistance ultimately making them injury prone or easily accessible to home care abuse. We need registered and certified Senior Care Auditors in every community across the country”, says Sydney Russell, Administrative Director of CertifiedCare.org. CertifiedCare provides education, certification and registry for elite SCAs who work independently or for agencies.
Registered certified Senior Care Auditors are able to provide personal care services, home care services and personal assistance services to their clients.
“Many seniors living at home are not sick and do not need a nurse, what they need is an extra pair of hands around the house and someone to check in on them to help them adjust their environment for safety and comfort, from time to time. Others want a caregiver evaluated by an independent third party while others need detection of and intervention from abuse, registered and certified Senior Care Auditors can do all of that”, Russell goes on to say.