Caregiver Credentialing & Training
At Senior Helpers, we place the utmost importance on ensuring our caregivers receive the latest training and are fully credentialed.
Our caregivers are thoroughly screened before they can become employees of Senior Helpers and each has the opportunity to participate in the Senior Helpers University program to attain additional education.
Senior Helpers complies with all national and Washington licensing requirements so you can be assured that our caregiver is properly credentialed to perform the level of care that your senior loved one needs.
This ongoing training program enables our caregivers to provide superior home care while enhancing their job performance and ultimately create an exceptional customer experience for our clients.
All of our caregivers have the opportunity to participate in our continual learning program and receive credits towards the Senior Helpers Certification. Those in the program are required to complete a minimum of 8 training modules per year on a variety of topics:
- Understanding Fall Risk Factors
- Food Preparation and Safety
- Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia
Our professional, trained caregivers take a positive perspective to Alzheimer's and dementia care - our unique Senior Gems™ Approach. This method focuses on what they can do, not what they cannot do.
We also work closely with dementia expert and registered occupational therapist, Teepa Snow (MS, OTR/L, FAOTA). Her Senior Gems™ classification system (based on Cognitive Disability Theory) allows us to understand which stage of dementia the person is experiencing so we can put together the best plan and select the best caregiver for that individual.
With over 30 years of professional experience and more years providing care for several family members with dementia, Teepa brings a strong clinical base and a unique perspective on how our brains control our bodies and behaviors. Caregivers who are trained using her approach and skills can help change resistance and refusals into participation and successful interactions.