Caregiver Training University

Find online caregiver training meeting your state’s requirements for senior care. Become a certified caregiver with an 8-hour course covering the basic skills for professional in-home caregivers. Senior care companies may train their staff with the industry’s only digital training created by experienced senior home care professionals.

Caregiverlist Basic Training

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Caregiverlist Basic Training Course Outline

Introduction to Caregiver Basic Training by CTU

Caregiver Job Descriptions, Responsibilities and Protocol

Caregiver Job Descriptions, Responsibilities, Protocols

Professional caregivers must follow policies and procedures such as arriving on-time to their caregiving work assignment, taking care plan notes, and following all necessary care duties and safety protocol. Home Caregivers, also called Home Care Aides or Home Health Aides, are expected to follow a basic job description of duties, just as with all professional jobs.

Care Plan Notes for Documenting Client Activities

Care Plan Notes

Learn proper caregiver skills for observing, reporting, and documenting daily activities, along with legal requirements and guidelines for subjective and objective notes regarding changes in the functional ability and mental status of the client.

Communication Skills


Learn how to effectively communicate with seniors from different generations, individuals with Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia, and those with hearing difficulties and special needs.

Personal Care, Bathing, and Toileting

Personal Care

Learn personal care tasks skills for senior clients, including bathing, skincare, hair care, mouth care, dressing, feeding, assistance with ambulation, exercise and transfers, positioning, toileting, and medication reminders.

Assistance with Ambulation, Exercise, Transfers (Adaptive Equipment), Positioning, Fall Prevention

Assistance with Ambulation

Safe adaptive equipment use for assisting clients with transfers from bed to chair to toilet to showers and in and out of wheelchairs. Learn types of transfers and devices used along with requirements for each device.

Basic Hygiene and Basic Infection Control

Hygiene and Infection Control

Learn how to maintain good hygiene for both the senior client and caregiver and safety to protect yourself and control infections. How to wash hands, use gloves properly, protect your face and body, and assist seniors with good daily hygiene.

Maintaining a Clean, Safe and Healthy Environment


Learn standards for maintaining a clean and healthy environment for your senior client and for everyone visiting and caring for them by using the proper products and following a scheduled cleaning routine based on care needs.

Basic Personal and Environmental Safety Precautions


Learn basic precautions for personal and environmental safety, including procedures to follow to protect both yourself and your senior client.

Emergency Procedures, Including Basic First Aid and Client’s Emergency Preparedness Plan

Emergency Preparedness and First Aid

Learn what emergencies require basic first aid, such as cuts and burns, and what do when they happen. Learn what events are considered natural disasters and how to create and follow an emergency preparedness plan to protect yourself and your client. Understand environmental safety precautions for homes and when working at senior care facilities.

HIPAA PART 1: Confidentiality of Client Info and HiTECH Act

HIPAA Part 1

Understand confidentiality requirements for personal, financial and health information and the specifics of HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and Who and What it is for as a caregiver. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 defines Covered Entities (CEs) and Business Associates (BAs). Find out more in this section. HiTech Act was an effort to speed up the transfer to electronic health records and put in place rules on how to safeguard the information.

HIPAA Part 2: Scenarios

HIPAA Part 2

HIPAA law and what it covers can be confusing. In this section, we will give specific scenarios to help you understand what is a violation and what isn't. If you are ever in doubt about sharing information, it is always best to be more cautious.

How to Detect, Report, and Prevent Abuse and Neglect

Elder Abuse and Neglect

Learn the types of abuse and neglect, legal requirements for reporting (and legal punishments for not reporting,) and how to protect your senior client and yourself from physical, emotional, sexual, and financial abuse.

Bonus Section: Stroke Care and What Is Alzheimer's Disease?

Stroke, Alzheimer's

Seniors experiencing a stroke often require caregiving assistance as they rehabilitate. The first 6 months following the stroke incident are the most important for performing rehabilitation activities in order to rebuild the vascular communication pathways. Alzheimer's disease progresses over time, meaning there will be days where the person has a good memory and then days when they do not at the beginning of the disease.