Ideas for Loving Up an Elder on Valentine’s Day

Whether you love them with all your heart or kinda just like them, you can make St. Valentine’s Day special for the elder in your care.

You do not have to be crafty or clever (or have deep pockets) to show someone you appreciate them for being them. ¬†Anyway, these days we could all do with a little more open heartedness (my word ūüôā ) towards one another, no?

Below are some suggestions which do not take much time to put together, are sentimentally appropriate, inside professional boundaries, within means of a tight budget, and not so predictable.

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  1.  The gold standard is the timeless hand written message.  This can take the form of a card (handmade or formally fancy) or letter written on clean or decorated paper.  Think of the ways your elder is a stand out person, how they make you feel good, what you like about working with them, what you admire about how they live their life. Then simply tell them so straight from the heart.
  2. Get a box of their favorite flavor of red Jello and make a tasty treat.  Recipes for using Jello abound.  Use the sugar free Jello, if necessary.  If you use an old school mold for forming the jello into something artistic you will kick your presentation up a notch.
  3. Balloons.  Helium filled or blown up by you.  Get more than one (one smacks of a kiddie treat), the more the merrier.  Tie them together with ribbon or tie them to a lamps or chairs where they can be seen throughout the day.
  4. Lots of oldsters have a sweet tooth, so if your does present them with homemade (or not) cookies or a box/bag of their favorite candy or candy bar(s).  Again, if necessary get a sugar free substitute.  Let them enjoy them without interference, but within safe limits.  Do not help yourself, unless they invite you to do, otherwise.  The treat is for them.
  5. Ask them what their favorite romantic movie is and download it for them.  Ask them why it is their favorite.  Use this activity as an opportunity to engage in conversation which takes an interest in their heart and soul.  They might even share with you some charming stories from down memory lane.
  6. valentines-tea-timeInvite one of their friends or neighbors over. ¬†This third person might appreciate being included as you might make their day special, too. ¬†They can watch the movie, help eat the Jello or candy/cookies. ¬†Maybe they might share a cup or tea or coffee… or something a little stiffer ; ).
  7. Ask your elder if they would like to take a walk through old photo albums and tell you about their loves and loved ones from days gone by.  Show you care by actively listening to them and asking questions about the people and events that meant so much to them.  Ask politely about sweet memories from the past like their first kiss, first crush, first love.
  8. Have a Red Day.  Get a bottle of red food coloring and make red pancakes or waffles for breakfast.  Make red colored beverages.  Make red cupcakes or cookies.  Make red tea. Dress them in red.  Use red place-mats and napkins and plates, etc.  Serve red food.
  9. If transportation is not a hassle, go to to the nicest mall in your area and have a treat, people watch and admire the shop displays.  Take along any mobility assistance equipment that might come in handy, just in case.
  10. Show them you cared enough about them to learn more about how to care for them even better than you could naturally.  Take your loving care to the next level.  Become a CertifiedCare.org registered Personal Care Aide. Get educated and certified in eldercare.  Take your care skills to the next level and their heart along for the ride.

By Cathleen V. Carr

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The difference between Palliative and Hospice Care

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It is easy to confuse hospice and palliative care.  They are related sets of services both associated with minimizing or relieving as much as possible the pain and stress associated with life threatening conditions.

Both services are intended to support the patient and their loved ones.  Each has a vital role in chronic illness and end of life.

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Palliative care is a medical sub specialty provided to people with serious illnesses. Physicians can help families find palliative care providers.  Patients can receive palliative care at any stage of a serious illness.  It can be provided in any setting including at home, in a hospital and at other places.

The purpose of palliative care is: The relief of symptoms, the maintenance of the best possible quality of life for the patient within the limitations of their illness, and support for family before and after the death of the patient. Patients and their families are usually introduced to palliative care when it becomes apparent that attempts at cure are no longer possible or are inappropriate.  (1)

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Hospice is a type of palliative care for those with 6 months or less to live.  The goal of hospice to make a persons life as comfortable and as meaningful as possible.  Treatment includes nursing care, pain management, emotional support and aid with daily tasks.  Like palliative care, hospice can take place in a persons home, in a hospice facility, within a hospital or anywhere a person resides.

The purpose of hospice is to: Manage pain or any other symptoms which cause discomfort or stress.  Create a comfortable environment for the patient.  Allow the patient to be close to family and loved ones during the dying process.  Give relief to the patients caregiver(s).  Offer counselling to the patient and those close to the patient.  (2)

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Both palliative and hospice care are provided by a specially trained interdisciplinary team whose members may include nurses, social workers, chaplains,and bereavement specialists who care for both the patient’s and families needs.

Death and pain management are part of most long term care jobs at some point.  This area of care deserves special attention and caregiving skills.

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CertifiedCare.org  offers a free eText on death, dying and the funeral planning process which is included with their caregiver certification programs.

Professional caregivers would be wise to be informed about both end of life treatment options as career steps to be considered as time and experience with adult care goes on.

 

  1.  ClevelandClinicMedEd.com/medicalpubs/diseasemanagement/hematology-oncology/palliative-medicine/
  2. Hospice Care (2006) JAMA 295:712

By Cathleen V. Carr

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How to easily Prevent and quickly Recover from Caregiver Burnout

Self care is so often forgotten or overlooked by care providers.  We all tend to get distracted from ourselves during the holidays or other especially hectic times.

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It is too easy to get lost in doing for others and striving to make life pleasant and comfortable for others because, for many caregivers, it feels good to do these things for others.  The problem is, that we forget to respect our own needs and limits. When this happens, stress accumulates and burnout can threaten or actually occur.

We caregivers have to spread holiday cheer for our own families and also for those we care for, whether or not they are a relative.  A big draw back from this compassionate giving is often caregiver burnout.

So, here are some tips for preventing and recovering from caregiver burnout during the holidays (and every day)…

To avoid burnout:

  1. Check in with yourself throughout the day and honestly acknowledge feelings of fatigue or irritability.  Both are big warning signs of burnout.
  2. Be mindful to eat lightly and drink water every couple of hours.
  3. Do not feel that you must do everything for everyone yourself.
  4. Identify, notify /ask and be prepared with a list of easy tasks, someone reliable who can step in for you for an hour here or there to give you some respite.
  5. Tell your client/loved one that you need a few moments to yourself now, so you can continue to provide good care later.
  6. Get a few minutes per day of quiet time with no phone/computer/radio/talking).
  7. Avoid too much junk food or alcohol.

To recover from burnout:

  1. Drink lots of room temperature water.
  2. Eat a light, nutritious snack.
  3. Sit or lay down in a quiet and comfortable place with lights low or off.  Elevate your feet, if possible.
  4. Breathe deeply and very, very slowly; in through your nose and out through your mouth 10-50 times.
  5. Give your mind a break from noise with a few minutes of quiet.
  6. Do a few simple stretches to help relieve tension in your body.
  7. Take a walk around the block once or twice or do 50 deep knee bends, leg lifts and/or jumping jacks.
We love caregivers!

We love caregivers!

In honor of we who give so much to others throughout the year there has been a very special honorarium created just for you. Visit CertifiedCare.org for details and get their great PCA education programs at deep discounts now and for just a very short time.  

Ask loved ones and clients to chip in to make it happen.

You deserve it!

We know that nobody works harder during holidays than caregivers of the elderly. We hope this helps you out.  THANK YOU CAREGIVERS. 

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A valuable Gift for all Elder Care Aides…

We love caregivers!

We love caregivers!

Dear Friends,

Nobody works harder for so little than caregivers of of the elderly.  We caregivers have to spread cheer for our own families and also for those we care for, whether or not they are a relative.

In honor of we who give so much to others throughout the year, CertifiedCare, the #1 ranked online care aide education and certification organization, has created a very special gift for you.

But first, let me tell you why you are so lucky with a little backstory…

Some of you know we had already lowered our prices $150 off for the Autumn season.  The thing is, some people said they still could not swing the price, even though they really wanted to get access to these programs.  So it was decided that, since the CertifiedCare.org mission is to get family and professional PCAs well educated and certified with real, accredited credentials, we had to make a sacrifice and lower the prices again.  (The down side for you is that at these lower prices, you will not get the gold pin or frame worthy certificates, but you can still print out your certificates and will be in the free public registry).

But wait there is more…

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We spent all morning trying to create a coupon just for Care.com and Elder Care Advice readers to use on the CertifiedCare.org website as our December Gift. ¬†But, long story short, the programmer kept running into glitches getting the coupons to work between the sites and our merchant processor. ¬†So, we took that as a sign that we should just change the prices on the Personal Care Aide and Senior Care Auditor programs – and everyone can get the gift, not just coupon recipients who visit this site. ¬†So,… please share this post and tell your friends who could also use a big break that they also can take advantage of this huge discount (way more generous than the 50% off coupon was going to be).

Okay, here it is…

So now,¬†whether you live in the United States or in one of the 192 countries where PayPal is accepted, you can now get $350 off the complete Personal Care Aide (PCA) Certification program (now only $99) and $450 off the Senior Care Auditor (SCA) Certification program ¬†(now only $199). THIS IS A LIMITED TIME DISCOUNT! Prices will go back to normal soon, so don’t dilly dally : )

Visit the CertifiedCare.org website for details about CertifiedCare.org and their great PCA education programs and certification registry. The PCA certification program includes 4 certifications and the SCA program includes 5 certification programs.  You WILL be prepared for most anything that comes your way if you learn the material.  Study online at your own pace and test when you are ready-no pressure!

We hope this helps you out.

Ask loved ones and clients to chip in to make it happen.  

You deserve it!

Study at own pace, test when you are ready, get quality accredited credentials...

Study at own pace, test when you are ready, get quality accredited credentials…

Season’s Greetings to all of you who take such good care of the frail elderly and chronically ill adults of the world!

Cheers,

Cathleen

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4 Ways Caregivers Grow a Senior Care Auditing Career

As the frail aged population mushrooms in growth and charges of elder abuse and neglect are on the rise, where is the silver lining for caregivers?  Today the certified Senior Care Auditor can save the day for the elder and the caregiver.  In addition to being an alternative to providing personal care, or an add-on service for an existing elder care service, SCAs are becoming the new elite of personal care providers.

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Whether you work for an SCA agency part time, or you need a full time independent career, or maybe you like the home care agency you work for and see the opportunities to grow professionally and help your agency grow, too, the doors are wide open for you now.

In this article we talk about how to grow your Senior Care Auditor career whether you work for yourself or someone else.

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Help your agency provide a great new service by becoming a Certified Senior Care Auditor

1)AGENCY:  Much like the physician liaison is constantly on the move, visiting clinics and making connections, the Certified Senior Care Auditor (CSCA) helps home care agencies and individuals check up on the safety, wellbeing, and possible unmet needs of frail elders and other vulnerable adults who might someday become care clients for the agency.

SCAs can¬† function as a ¬†Quality Assurance Liaisons for the home care agency they work for.¬† This service can enormously please clients who appreciate the extra care and interest in their case ‚Äď and in them.¬† Happy clients make for good reviews by word of mouth and online, and more referrals.

2)LAWYERS and SOCIAL WORKERS: Faster and Easier Reporting

Here’s something to think about:
Recent studies have shown that long work hours increased the chances of early death by almost 20%*.

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Lawyers and social workers dread reporting. Compiling this data and fashioning it into meaningful reports can take A LOT of time and energy.  It is super stressful and a LOT of work.  But that is their job.  Yours can be to go get the information they need to decide whether or not to pursue prosecution of a case.  You can make their life much easier and for less money than a traditional investigator (who knows nothing about the elderly).

The use of Senior Care Auditors  helps lawyers and social workers compile their field notes more efficiently and with MUCH less work and stress.  Happy lawyers and social workers, after they have found they can trust your reports, make for more referrals coming your or your agencies way. This directs the flow of money straight to your bottom line.

To become a Certified Senior Care Auditor you can only go to CertifiedCare.org for accredited PCA/SCA education and registry.

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3) LONG DISTANCE CAREGIVERS:  Lots of adult children live hundreds or thousands of miles away from their parents or other elderly loved ones. It is not uncommon in the United States and increasingly this phenomenon is spreading worldwide as younger people move into large cites for economic opportunities.  But, just because your far away does not mean you do not care or are not interested in the well being of those you left behind.  This is where a Senior Care Auditor comes in.  SCAs can check on your loved one and report back giving reassurance or reality checks about circumstances and conditions which otherwise might come to light.

 

There's not enough hours in the Day so use a Senior Care Auditor to check on elderly loved ones.

4) NOT ENOUGH HOURS IN THE DAY:

There are two ¬†‘close cousins’ of the long distance caregiver: ¬†One is the caregiver who is ‘sandwiched’ between work, kids, and ‘life’. The other is the hard working people who put in long, demanding, and/or unpredictable hours who simply do not have the time and energy to also spend on a loved one, no matter how much they might wish they could. Both of these people can use a certified SCA to make their lives easier. ¬†The SCA does the job they cannot do (and probably do it even better). ¬†This helps them feel better, and also helps the person they care about feel better. ¬†One does not have to feel like a slacker and the other does not have to feel neglected. ¬†It is a beautiful ‘win-win’.

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Imagine the peace of mind this service can bring to someone.

Ready to get started?  To become a Certified Senior Care Auditor you can only go to CertifiedCare.org for accredited PCA/SCA education and registry.  Yes, this is the only place providing authentic SCA certification.

To read more about Senior Care Auditing? Click on …

 

***   https://www.gsb.stanford.edu/insights/why-your-workplace-might-be-killing-you              http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/03/health/stress-work-secondhand-smoke/           https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1402378/  

 

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Growing Need for Senior Care Auditing Providers

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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.

Senior Care Auditors help frail elders stay safe at home.

Senior Care Auditors help frail elders stay safe at home.

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 ‚ÄúIn 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.‚ÄĚ

Former family or professional caregivers make great Senior Care Auditors

Former family or professional caregivers make great Senior Care Auditors

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). ‚ÄúSenior Care Auditing is an‚Äėaging in¬†place‚Äô service‚ÄĚ, 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.

CertifiedCare.org provides accredited certifications for Senior Care Auditors

CertifiedCare.org provides accredited certifications for Senior Care Auditors who are certified in five areas of elderly care and safety for all types of frail seniors.

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, ‚ÄúFamilies 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.‚ÄĚ

SCAs can provide all types of companionship or other senior services

SCAs can provide all types of companionship or other senior services

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.

See also Care.com article 40 fresh FAQS About Senior Care Auditing

‚ÄúThere 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‚ÄĚ,¬†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.

SCAs can provide other services to seniors if they wish.

SCAs can provide other services to seniors if they wish.

‚ÄúMany 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‚ÄĚ, Russell goes on to say.

To become a registered certified Senior Care Auditor visit CertifiedCare.org.

 

See more about CertifiedCare.org and Senior Care Auditing at Care.com

Would you consider becoming a Senior Care Auditor?

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Learn how to be a happier and more confident caregiver here https://www.care.com/c/stories/7889/how-to-be-a-respected-confident-and-happier/

This article about Senior Care Auditing is also published at CARE.COM https://www.care.com/c/stories/7953/news-about-senior-care-auditing/

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40 Fresh FAQs about the Senior Care Auditing Career

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1) WHAT IS A SENIOR CARE AUDITOR?

A Senior Care Auditor is a person who provides senior care audits. This person has learned how to evaluate a seniors environment for safety issues, elder abuse and neglect fact finding, and many other criterion necessary for seniors healthy, comfortable life. Some Senior Care Auditors also are able to provide a wide range of personal care or domestic care and maintenance services. Senior Care Auditors make it possible for seniors to continue to live at home longer.  In many instances, Senior Care Auditors also help ease a individual or families burden related to time, work and costs of providing senior care.

2) WHAT DOES A SENIOR CARE AUDITOR DO?

          A certified Senior Care Auditor knows how to spot and stop elder abuse and neglect.  They know how to report abuse or neglect to authorities.  They compile electronic reports related to the seniors home condition, safety of environment, signs of elder abuse and self-neglect; help protect people from false charges of elder abuse and neglect, they can evaluate the quality and competency of personal care services provided by a family or hired caregiver.  Some Senior Care Auditors are also able to  provide other senior care services or domestic assistance services themselves.

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3) WHAT IS A SENIOR CARE AUDIT?  

The audit is a report compiled by the senior care auditor that covers:

  • The cleanliness of the environment of which the elder lives
  • Various odors in the environment of which the elder lives
  • An assessment of the caregiver regarding performance of duties, attitude and accessibility
  • An accounting of the operation of appliances (ex. HVAC, refrigerator, other technology)
  • Observations of sufficient supplies like food and toiletries
  • Observation and assessment of the senior related to mood, hygiene
  • Observation and assessment of signs of abuse and/or neglect
  • Safety threats and the environment
  • Related quality of care assessment for matters such as pet(s), lawn and garden, ice and snow removal, etc.

4) WHERE DO SENIOR CARE AUDITORS WORK?

              Any where there are senior citizens.

5) WHERE ARE SENIOR CARE AUDIT SERVICES NEEDED?

              Any where there are senior citizens.

6) I HAVE NOT HEARD OF THIS SERVICE OR CAREER BEFORE.  WHY IS THAT?

              This new service and career recently launched in early 2014.

7) WHERE DO I GET CERTIFIED TO PROVIDE SENIOR CARE AUDITOR SERVICES?

Accredited comprehensive CSCA certification is only available form CertifiedCare.org. ¬†The program covers ¬†Long Distance Care, Personal Care, Alzheimer’s-Dementia, Special Needs, and Care Auditing and is available online¬†from any computer or mobile device 24/7. ¬†Click here to register for Senior Care auditor certification now.

8) WHAT KINDS OF SENIORS BENEFIT FROM A CARE AUDIT?

               All types of seniors can benefit from Senior Care Auditing:  Those who live in a private home.  Those who live in residential care or assisted living facility.  Adults or seniors living with Special Needs.  Adults living with early stage dementia or other chronic illness. Seniors who live in rural areas. Seniors who live alone.  Senior couples or roommates where one might be vulnerable to abuse.  Seniors who do not enjoy regular visits from loved ones.  Seniors who are not communicative.  Seniors who seem stressed by their caregiver.  Seniors who seem overwhelmed by grief or depression.  Seniors who want someone available to them when they want or need a little help or assurance.

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9) WHO NEEDS A SENIOR CARE AUDITORS SERVICES?

              Many different types of ordinary people need a senior care auditor to help them:  Individuals with demanding careers; sandwiched Moms or Dads; people who live far apart from their elderly loved one(s); people with many elders to look after; people who do not like caregiving; people who do not enjoy a pleasant relationship with their relative, but do want them looked after; people who do not want to be the provider of personal or domestic assistance; seniors who want a caregiver scrutinized by an independent 3rd party; seniors who want intervention to stop elder abuse.

             Professionals need senior care auditors to help them: Prosecuting attorneys who need witnesses for abuse/neglect cases; Defense Attorneys who need expert witnesses for abuse/neglect defense; government agencies who oversee aging populations; family members or friends who suspect abuse or neglect; Private investigators; people who can afford to delegate support to others; people who usually provide care but need respite or travel time away.

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Other third parties need senior care auditor services: ¬†People who want a facility scrutinized for quality of care; Families who want an independent 3rd party to get ‘the truth’ about a loved one’s home and personal condition; Neighbors who care about frail neighbors who seem to be struggling with self or home care; Family members, friends or neighbors who are concerned about a pet or pets being neglected; ¬†Home Health Agencies who need independent 3rd party feedback about caregiver service and professionalism; insurance companies; Home Care Providers who need independent 3rd party feedback about home care service and professionalism.

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10) WHO HIRES A SENIOR CARE AUDITOR?

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Same as above: ¬†Many different types of people. ¬†Individuals with demanding careers; sandwiched Moms or Dads; people who live far apart from their elderly loved one(s); people with many elders to look after; people who do not like caregiving; people who do not enjoy a pleasant relationship with their relative, but do want them looked after; people who do not want to be the provider of personal or domestic assistance; seniors who want a caregiver scrutinized by an independent 3rd party; seniors who want intervention to stop elder abuse; Prosecuting attorneys who need witnesses for abuse/neglect cases; Defense Attorneys who need expert witnesses for abuse/neglect defense; government agencies who oversee aging populations; family members or friends who suspect abuse or neglect; Private investigators; people who can afford to delegate support to others; people who usually provide care but need respite or travel time away; ¬†People who want a facility scrutinized for quality of care; Families who want an independent 3rd party to get ‘the truth’ about a loved one’s home and personal condition; Neighbors who care about frail neighbors who seem to be struggling with self or home care; Family members, friends or neighbors who are concerned about a pet or pets being neglected; ¬†Home Health Agencies who need independent 3rd party feedback about caregiver service and professionalism; insurance companies; Home Care Providers who need independent 3rd party feedback about home care service and professionalism.

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CSCAs work with all types of ordinary and professional people.

11) HOW MUCH CAN I CHARGE FOR A SENIOR CARE AUDIT?

              Senior Care Auditors who are unaffiliated can charge what their market will allow.  Prices charged range from $30-$100 and, of course can be higher in affluent areas and lower in not so affluent areas.

12) HOW MUCH DO I GET PAID FOR A SENIOR CARE AUDIT?

              That depends upon who you work for, affiliate with, or what you choose to charge. A suggested flat fee starts around $30.

13) WHO PAYS FOR A SENIOR CARE AUDIT?

              Usually the individual who requested the report for a loved one.  Sometimes, seniors order and pay for their own senior care audit report(s).

14) WHO GETS THE SENIOR CARE AUDIT REPORT?

              The person who paid for it.  Of course, the senior can request a copy, if they did not pay for the report.

15) WHAT TYPE OF PERSONAL CARE SERVICES CAN I PROVIDE AS A SENIOR CARE AUDITOR?

          That decision is entirely up to you or the company you attach yourself to. None or whatever you are professionally able to.

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16) CAN A SENIOR CARE AUDITOR COME TO A FACILITY AND PERFORM AN AUDIT?

Yes, Senior Care Auditors know how to perform facility audits.  However, these audits are not to be confused with government or accounting audits.

17) WHO MAKES A GOOD SENIOR CARE AUDITOR?

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†You must like seniors; be comfortable going into peoples’ homes and conducting inquiries and assessments of them and their environment; have a detail oriented mind; are curious and inquisitive; are resourceful; are organized; have the ability to communicate verbally and in writing clearly and appropriately; are professional; can manage technology.

Do you like working with seniors? Than you will like being a Senior Care Auditor.

Do you like working with seniors? Than you will like being a Senior Care Auditor.

18) WHAT KIND OF QUALIFICATIONS DO I NEED TO BECOME A SENIOR CARE AUDITOR?

              Typically, at least 2 years of experience in long term care; a clean drug and criminal record, and senior care auditor certification; otherwise, whatever other companies might require.

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The accredited and comprehensive Senior Care Auditor program offered by CertifiedCare.org teaches you how to spot and stop abuse and neglect.

19) WHAT KIND OF EDUCATION DO I NEED TO BECOME A SENIOR CARE AUDITOR?

               It depends upon the type of career and you want to have and service versatility you want to provide.  Technically, you can just hang out a shingle, with no formal education required for this work. However, formal credentials are important to the public and other professional service providers you might wish to conduct business with.

       In order to have formal marketable credentials you must complete the only comprehensive senior care auditor certification program (which includes 4 Personal Care Aide specialty certifications along with the Senior Care Auditor certification) only offered by CertifiedCare.org. Their programs are accredited, online and available 24/7.

       Penrose hires SCAs and has minimal entry requirements, you do not even need a background in personal care.  Otherwise, shop around for whatever program suits your needs, but your service options will be limited if you do not have personal care, nursing, or other senior care service certifications or licenses that your clients will demand.

20) CAN I WORK FROM HOME AS A SENIOR CARE AUDITOR?

              Yes.  This is an great career for those who wish to work from home. 

21) WHERE CAN I GET A JOB AS A SENIOR CARE AUDITOR?

              Typically , Senior Care Auditors have their own business.  Do an internet search for senior care auditing companies who might be hiring employees.  Expect to only get part time hired work, though.

22) HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO BECOME A SENIOR CARE AUDITOR?

              Typically just a matter of days.  It depends on how quickly you complete your education.  CertifiedCare reports that most of their students are finished within 2-3 weeks for all five modules of their program, some finish much more quickly.

23) WHERE DO I GET MY CERTIFICATION  TO BECOME A SENIOR CARE AUDITOR?

              CertifiedCare.org provides the only comprehensive and accredited SCA education and certification and maintains a free public registry for credentials verification.  The advantage of this is you can work anywhere with quality credentials, not just for a particular employer who might issue a certificate for an orientation class.  

24) CAN I WORK PART TIME AS A SENIOR CARE AUDITOR?

              Yes.

25) CAN I WORK AT A HOME HEALTH AGENCY AS A SENIOR CARE AUDITOR?

              Yes.

26) I’M A PCA/HHA/CNA/LPN/RN/LSW/GCM. ¬†CAN I BECOME A SENIOR CARE AUDITOR?

              Yes.  If you like working with seniors you are an ideal candidate. You will make more money due to higher demand if you are able and willing to provide some level of personal and/or domestic care for your clients.

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27) I’M RETIRED/OVER 40/OVER 65. ¬†CAN I BECOME A SENIOR CARE AUDITOR?

              Yes, if you are healthy and can manage travel and the technical responsibilities of the job.  Your age is actually advantageous and a desirable quality for this type of senior care service.

28) I’M A FAMILY CAREGIVER. ¬†CAN I BECOME A SENIOR CARE AUDITOR?

              Yes.  Just be sure you like seniors in general.  Taking care of a stranger is not like taking care of a loved one.

29) CAN I WORK MY OTHER JOB AND PROVIDE SENIOR CARE AUDITING SERVICES?

              Yes.  If you other job permits, take advantage of the scheduling flexibility this service can provide to make extra money.

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30) CAN I ADD THIS SERVICE TO MY EXISTING SENIOR CARE BUSINESS?

              Yes. This is the most easiest and most efficient way to start a Senior Care auditing business.

31) DO I HAVE TO JOIN A NETWORK OR COMPANY IN ORDER TO HAVE A SENIOR CARE AUDITING BUSINESS?

              No.

32) HOW DO I GET CLIENTS AS A SENIOR CARE AUDITOR?

         Typically, a Senior Care Auditor needs to make every effort to grow their own business and get clients.  A good quality senior care auditor education program will teach you where, and how to do all that.  If you work for an agency you will probably have leads given to you,but you might still be expected to drum up some business on your own.

33) WHY WOULD SOMEONE NEED ONGOING SERVICE IF THE FIRST FEW AUDITS ARE OKAY?

          Because things change over time and often unexpectedly: caregivers rotate and have different standards and personalities, appliances break down, seniors get sick, and so on.

34) WHAT IS DIFFERENT ABOUT A CERTIFIEDCARE.org CERTIFIED  SENIOR CARE AUDITOR?

            CertifiedCare.org education teaches you everything you need to know about providing elder care in any environment and senior care auditing, including how to have a successful career.  CertifiedCare.org senior care education is top notch and unmatched Рthese people take senior care seriously.

35) HOW MUCH MONEY WILL I EARN AS A SENIOR CARE AUDITOR?

              That depends.  If you work for yourself and only provide the senior care auditing service then you can charge between $40-100 for that service, depending upon the market you are in.  Otherwise, pay will depend upon your employer.  Senior Care Auditors who provide personal care or other domestic services will make more money, because they will be in greater demand.   The other variable is how much you work.  Senior Care Auditors willing to work holidays, weekends, evenings, will probably make more money.

36) I HAVE A CRIMINAL RECORD.  CAN I BECOME A SENIOR CARE AUDITOR?

             You can become a senior care auditor and own our own business.  You might be able to work with another senior care auditing company or agency depending upon their policy.  HOWEVER, If you have been convicted in any jurisdiction of any crime involving theft, fraud, or violence you will, of course, have a much more difficult time getting hired by any agency.

37) I HAVE BEEN IN REHAB.  CAN I BECOME A SENIOR CARE AUDITOR?

            You can become a senior care auditor and own our own business.  You might be able to work with another senior care auditing company or agency depending upon their policy.

38) WHERE DO I START TO BEGIN THIS CAREER?

             If you intend to hold yourself out as a certified Senior Care Auditor, get your accredited education & certification from CertifiedCare.org.  Otherwise, simply set up your senior care auditing service in compliance with your local and state business ordinances and laws or seek employment at an agency.

39)  WHERE IS THE SENIOR CARE AUDITOR SERVICE LEGAL?

This senior care service is legal in all United States and is not prohibited in any jurisdiction elsewhere.

40)  WHERE CAN I GET REGISTERED CREDENTIALS FOR SENIOR CARE AUDITING?

Accredited and registered certifications for Senior Care Auditing are available online at CertifiedCare.org.  Some employers offer a certificate for completing their orientation to their service, but those credentials are only useful for that employer and are not recognized elsewhere.

For more details or information about senior care auditing, or

how to become a senior care auditor  visit CertifiedCare.org 

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