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Private Duty Caregivers: Frequently asked Questions

Q: What do caregivers do?

A: A private duty caregiver visits your home or place of residence and helps with activities of daily living (ADL's) such as personal care, bathing, help getting dressed, meal preparation and feeding, medication management, Alzheimer's/dementia care, errands, transportation to doctor/appointments, safety prevention, chronic disease management, homemaker services, companionship, and one-to-one personalized care.

Q: Who are private duty caregivers; do they have training?

A: Private duty caregivers are either a CNA - certified nursing assistant or HHA - home health aide. Both provide care and support services and meet the following requirements for training and acceptance: HHA certificate of training or CNA license, a clear AHCA (Agency for Health Care Administration) level 2 background fingerprint check, health statement (physical) with either a TB or Mantoux test or chest x-ray, HIV/AIDS training certificate, OSHA training certificate for universal precautions, Alzheimer's training certificate, assisting with medication certificate, and CPR training certificate. All requirements must be kept current and up to date.

Q: What are important skills for caregivers?

A: Caregivers should have the following skills for quality care: compassion, good communication, observation, interpersonal skills, time management, organization, cleanliness, respect, and patience.

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