Caregiver (Basic Skills)

Recipients of the Caregiver (Basic Skills) credential have demonstrated concept proficiency and completed  the following tasks:

Student demonstrates work ethics and general employability skills:

  1.  Reports to work area on time
  2.  Dresses appropriately for work
  3.  Has all supplies needed to perform work
  4.  Starts work promptly
  5.  Demonstrates correct social skills at all times.
  6.  Asks instructor/employer for assistance if needed
  7.  Stays on task.
  8.  Asks instructor/employer for work assignment if necessary
  9.  Works cooperatively with others on group projects
  10.  Works independently after being assigned a task
  11.  Accepts constructive criticism
  12.  Notifies school/employer of absence or tardiness
  13.  Accepts and performs additional tasks willingly
  14.  Gains insight into his/her individual interests
  15.  Makes connections between a worker’s interests and job satisfaction
  16.  Demonstrates knowledge of career opportunities in the caregiving field

Student is familiar with safety concepts and safe work habits:

  1.  Follows general safety precautions
  2.  Displays a safety-first attitude when working.
  3.  Performs work in a safe manner without being told.
  4.  Identifies potential dangers and understands their consequences in independent work situations

Student can perform basic caregiving activities:

  1.  Demonstrates understanding of the link between microorganisms and disease
  2.  Demonstrates skills in medical asepsis
  3.  Accurately measures and records temperature
  4.  Accurately measures and records pulse
  5.  Accurately measures and records respiration
  6.  Accurately measures and records blood pressure
  7.  Demonstrates ability to monitor intake and output
  8.  Understands that every medication has potential risks as well as benefits
  9.  Demonstrates ability to store medications correction and safely
  10.  Demonstrates ability to organize multiple medications appropriately
  11.  Demonstrates skills in basic first aide
  12.  Recognizes the warning signs of heart attack, stroke, and cardiac arrest
  13.  Demonstrates skill in summoning emergency medical assistance quickly
  14.  Performs basic first-aid skills
  15.  Understands the principles of the Heimlich maneuver
  16.  Understands the principles of CPR
  17.  Recognizes and reports signs of abuse and neglect
  18.  Recognizes the importance of maintaining confidentiality of patient/client information

Student can perform basic housekeeping, personal care and safety tasks:

  1.  Recognizes the relationship between cleanliness and health
  2.  Recognizes steps for basic housecleaning tasks related to bathrooms and kitchens.
  3.  Demonstrates understanding of the causes of food spoilage.
  4.  Demonstrates understanding of the potential of spoiled food to cause illness
  5.  Identifies strategies for purchasing, storing, handling, and preparing foods correctly to prevent spoilage
  6.  Performs basic housekeeping skills, with emphasis on bathrooms and kitchens
  7.  Acquires knowledge and skills to correctly sort and wash laundry
  8.  Understands safety procedures specifically related to caregiving

Student demonstrates knowledge and skills related to caring for elderly people and others with special needs:

  1.  Demonstrates understanding of the individual needs of elderly people
  2.  Designs activities based on an individual senior citizen’s needs and abilities
  3.  Communicates effectively with elderly people
  4.  Demonstrates skills in assisting with personal hygiene and eating
  5.  Articulates the day-to-day duties and responsibilities of caregivers in a senior citizens center
  6.  Articulates the day-to-day duties and responsibilities of caregivers in a nursing home
  7.  Articulates expanded knowledge and understanding of at least one caregiving career area
  8.  Demonstrates knowledge of the duties and responsibilities of a home health aide
  9.  Recognizes symptoms of cognitive impairment
  10.  Gains strategies for caring for people who have cognitive impairment
  11.  Recognizes the disabilities that can be brought about by aging
  12.  Recognizes signs of abuse and neglect
  13.  Knows how to report cases of suspected abuse or neglect
  14.  Understands the importance of patient/client confidentiality

Student demonstrates the ability to communicate and use interpersonal skills effectively with patient/client, family, and medical team:

  1. Demonstrates skills in two-way communication
  2. Develops basic listening skills
  3. Maintains effective interpersonal relationships
  4. Demonstrates effective telephone usage, including taking accurate messages


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