Caregiver Education & Training

Becoming a certified caregiver could be an excellent option for formerly incarcerated individuals looking to start a new career. Begin by researching state-approved caregiver certification programs using the search tool on the right side of this page.

While there is no federal law governing caregiver background checks, requirements vary by state, with some mandating specialized checks. Obtaining your certification can help launch a rewarding new career.

Care for Others, Enrich Lives

With training as a caregiver, you can learn practical skills for working in healthcare, assisted living, or home care settings. This includes administering medication, assisting with daily living activities, using medical equipment, and managing the logistical side of caregiving.

Adult Caregivers & Companions

Responsibilities of the adult caregiver include monitoring health needs and assisting with basic daily needs of preparing and helping with meals and feeding, dressing, monitoring medication, and bathing. It is a growing field and now encompasses personal shoppers for groceries or pharmacy needs, as well as transportation to doctor’s appointments or therapy. Companions can also assist with non-medical care for socialization or light housekeeping duties.

Caregiver Jobs

Some jobs you can explore with a caregiving certification include:

  • Childcare staff or manager
  • Disability support coordinator
  • Elderly care specialist
  • Home care staff or manager
  • Hospice care staff or manager
  • Mental health caregiver
  • Nanny
  • Personal aide

Other Jobs in Caregiving

  • Care coordinator
  • Healthcare administrator
  • Patient advocate
  • Rehabilitation counselor
  • Social worker
  • Therapist

Caregiver Job Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), caregiver careers like home health and personal aides are projected to rise by 34%, significantly higher than the average growth rate for all other occupations.

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