Healthcare Workplace Spotlight: Personal Care Group Homes

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Entry-level healthcare workers can secure employment at a variety of facilities that offer direct care services, including group homes. A personal care group home, also referred to as a residential care group home, is a private house within a residential community that is staffed with direct care personnel who provide around-the-clock assistance with activities of daily living to small groups of four or more adult clients who live there.

Personal care group homes are generally set up to replicate homelike atmospheres that appeal to clients and families who prefer cozier environments and more personalized services than those offered by large corporate-owned nursing homes and franchise chain assisted living facilities. Instead of living with 120 other nursing home residents, a client at a personal care group home would have anywhere from three to nine housemates.

Most personal care group homes provide services such as meal preparation, laundry, transportation, housekeeping, medication administration, housecleaning and custodial care services. Custodial care is defined as non-medical direct assistance with activities of daily living such as showering, dressing, eating, grooming, toileting and mobility. Entry-level direct care workers who staff these group homes provide help with custodial care.

It is normal for personal care group homes cater to specific subgroups of clients. For instance, some group homes are only occupied by clients who are adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, whereas other homes have indigent clients who receive Medicaid. Still, some personal care group homes only accept financially secure elderly clients who are privately paying for their private or semi-private rooms with cash.

Most of the individuals who provide the direct custodial care to clients at personal care group homes are referred to as direct care workers. To become a direct care worker, a prospective candidate should have a high school diploma or GED, as well as valid state certification as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) or home health aide (HHA).

Even though it is possible to obtain a job as a direct care worker without a high school education or CNA certification, the rate of pay for this position will almost always be substantially lower without the aforementioned credentials. Therefore, it is advisable that entry-level healthcare workers obtain certification as a CNA prior to applying for positions as direct care members of staff at personal care group homes.

Call (682)626-5266 to enroll in two-week nurse aide (CNA) training classes at Legacy Healthcare Careers, a small vocational school in the Fort Worth area suburb of Richland Hills, Texas.

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Healthcare Career Spotlight: the Personal Care Assistant

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Personal care assistants, also known as direct care workers, personal care attendants, direct care staff, home care aides, paid caregivers, healthcare assistants, carers, home health or personal care aides, are allied healthcare workers who provide hands-on assistance to clients who are not able to help themselves.

The clients of personal care assistants are often unable to help themselves due to a wide variety of reasons that might include lengthy illness, cognitive or mental impairment, acute injury, physical disability, advanced age, weakness or fragility. Other clients may be rendered unable to care for themselves due to intellectual and developmental disabilities, limited mobility, paralysis, debility or congenital handicaps.

Personal care assistants typically work in the home setting and assist their clients with various activities of daily living, such as showering, bathing, toileting, feeding, grooming, and taking medications. Personal care assistants may also be responsible for other tasks such as meal preparation, light housekeeping duties, and companionship.

In addition to the aforementioned tasks, personal care assistants might also assist their clients in the instrumental activities of daily living that help ensure households run smoothly. These instrumental activities can include the provision or arrangement of transportation, physicians’ appointments, ensuring clients take their medications, and other duties. Personal care assistants often serve as companions to their clients.

Most personal care assistants are employed by home care agencies to report to the homes of clients, while some personal care assistants are hired directly into private duty cases by clients or family members of the client. Likewise, some personal care assistants are employed by personal care group homes, assisted living facilities and independent living complexes where they often report directly or indirectly to a licensed nurse.

The typical personal care assistant tends to work long hours. Their role can be physically demanding on occasion due to lifting requirements and extended periods of time spent in a standing position. Nonetheless, this healthcare career can be very fulfilling due to the profound sense of purpose many workers derive after helping people who cannot help themselves. Providing companionship to clients can be invigorating.

The majority of personal care assistants have earned a minimum of a high school diploma or general education diploma (GED) certificate, but this level of education is not required by all employers. Sometimes the training for the personal care assistant role is done on the job by licensed nurses or other assistants with more experience.

The on-the-job training typically provided to personal care assistants is comprised of safety information, response to common emergency issues, and other duties specific to the home or employer. Additional training topics may include proper body mechanics, self-care techniques, and ways to deal with difficult client behaviors.

A number of states may require personal care assistants to complete more formalized occupational training from an adult education center, vocational school, nurse aide training academy, community college program or other home health entity. Also, certification is mandated for all personal care assistants who work for companies that receive reimbursements and payments from the Medicare or Medicaid programs.

A healthcare career as a personal care assistant opens the doors to wonderful attributes such as steady income and job security. The Baby Boomer generation is aging and becoming elderly; therefore, personal care assistant job openings will increase at a speedy pace in the foreseeable future. Personal care assistant job openings are projected to increase by 69 percent, much faster than the average of all other occupations.

 

Reasons to Consider a Healthcare Career (Part Six)

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NOTE: This piece is the sixth and final post in a comprehensive six-part essay that attempts to bring light to some of the predominant reasons a person should seriously think about carving out a career pathway in the booming healthcare industry. Click here to read the first essayClick here to read the second part, and click here for part three. Meanwhile, click here for parts four and five.

The healthcare industry is absolutely booming in many geographical regions across the country. Therefore, it would make common sense that this large field would be saturated with countless job opportunities, as well as the potential for measurable growth in the long term. However, an individual needs to have enough tenacity and persistent follow-through abilities in order to enter the ranks of the healthcare industry.

Nonetheless, plenty of perks and positive aspects await the people who possess the perseverance to pursue healthcare as a career choice. A number of truly compelling reasons exist for traveling down a career pathway in the healthcare field. Parts one, two, three, four and five of this six-part series listed plenty of reasons to obtain a healthcare occupation. Keep reading to find out added info regarding even more of these reasons.

REASON 16: Entry-level healthcare jobs offer superb chances for career advancement.

An individual who enters the healthcare industry as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) can make the choice to attain additional education and occupational training to advance his or her career. A CNA can become either a medication aide (also known as a medication technician), patient care technician, phlebotomy technician, or certified medical assistant.

CNAs can also keep climbing the educational ladder to become a licensed practical /vocational nurse (LPN /LVN), registered nurse (RN), dialysis technician, medical technologist, medical lab technician, certified pharmacy technician, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) instructor, or any number of other interesting roles in the vast healthcare sector.

People in healthcare also qualify for vertical and lateral promotions. For instance, an astute nurse aide can be promoted to a staffing coordinator or central supply manager at many skilled nursing facilities. After all, a sizable number of healthcare facilities prefer to promote good employees rather than recruit talented people externally. When it comes to career advancement in the healthcare field, the sky is truly the limit!

REASON 17: Healthcare is an industry that is expanding at a fast pace.

The healthcare industry is rapidly expanding due to a number of factors, including the large wave of older persons that belong to the Baby Boomer generation who are aging and requiring health services in ever-increasing numbers. Also, the number of people in the general population is increasing in many geographical areas due to birth rates, relocation patterns, and so forth.

All of the aforementioned reasons result in grand openings and /or expansion projects of hospitals and other types of healthcare centers to meet the increased demand from potential patients and clients. If the population in a particular city is increasing at a fast pace, healthcare facilities need to be built to accommodate all the potential people who will eventually seek care.

REASON 18: A healthcare career can personally fulfill employees.

Many healthcare workers and providers find that a career in the healthcare field is personally fulfilling. When working in some healthcare roles, there can often be very intimate involvement in some of life’s most transforming moments. Some of these moments include childbirth, impending death, and everything in between. For some healthcare workers, the fulfillment they receive is invigorating in the best way possible.

Call the Legacy Healthcare Careers CNA School at (682)626-5266 to ask about enrolling in either the 7-day CNA program, the 2-week CNA class, or the 3-week CNA course in the Dallas /Fort Worth area of Texas. It is your choice. In addition, feel free to visit the school’s informative website at www.LegacyHealthcareCareers.com to find out more information about the school’s affordable nurse aide training programs. Jump-start your legacy!

Informative YouTube Channel

A newer YouTube channel has been created! The YouTube channel for the Legacy Healthcare Careers Nursing Assistant School can be accessed by clicking here

Legacy Healthcare Careers’ very own YouTube channel contains a host of informative videos on different topics that pertain specifically to nursing assistants and aspiring CNAs. Some of these topics include the CNA state test, hands-on skills for nurse aides, written practice questions with answers, dress codes, and additional information that nursing assistants might be able to utilize in their daily practice as healthcare clinicians.

In summary, if you are an experienced CNA, current nurse aide student, direct care worker, caregiver, or perhaps just entertaining the idea of becoming a nursing assistant one day in the distant future, you may wish to visit our channel on YouTube to see if the assorted pearls of wisdom found within the short videos may be of benefit to you.

As always, prospective students in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas should contact Legacy Healthcare Careers Nursing Assistant School to obtain quality, fast-track, affordable nurse aide training in as little as 7 days. Yes, you did read that last blurb correctly: Legacy Healthcare Careers offers a unique 1-week CNA program that could help you transition into a new healthcare career as a nursing assistant in just 7 days.

In the very near future, Legacy Healthcare Careers will also offer a brand new certified medication aide training program to prospective students in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area. The staff of Legacy Healthcare Careers is in the beginning phases of adhering to the multiple regulatory steps associated with the addition of the medication aide classes to the school’s current course offerings. More details will be added as the development of the certified medication aide training program reaches completion time.

Call (682)626-5266 to schedule an appointment time to enroll or visit the school’s website to submit an online application for enrollment at www.LegacyHealthcareCareers.com.