Get national caregiver certification here
If you have found yourself perusing the Internet about where to go for caregiver training and certification you have found the right place. The American Caregiver Association is the national accrediting body for caregivers in the United States and the ACA oversees and maintains the National Caregiver Registry, or NCR. This means that when anyone wants to validate your caregiver credentials they contact the American Caregiver Association to do so. We can’t tell you how vitally important it is to be certified with us.
Because so often situations arise as you are walking through life providing caregiver services where you will want and need your certification. And, it’s both nice and convenient to have certification in the proverbial ‘back pocket’. Don’t wait for someone to tell you to get caregiver certified. The rule is: when in doubt, get certified! Here’s the thing with caregiver certification though. You might start out in one capacity as a caregiver, and end up in another.
What do we mean?
Well, let’s say that you are taking care of your mom, dad or another family member. You are doing it because you love them and you want to be there for them. Along the way, you realize that you have a ‘knack’ for caregiving. Okay, sure some of the less pleasant things may bother you a just a tingle but you get through it and get fairly astute at your job as a family caregiver. Time goes on, and your loved one passes on. You miss your loved one, and you always will, but at some point you say to yourself, “maybe I can be a caregiver for someone else?”
Maybe you do it because it reminds you of when you were taking care of your loved one, or maybe you do it because you have come to appreciate the true rewards of being a caregiver. In reality, there are any number of reasons why you might decide to continue being a caregiver for others after being a family caregiver. It’s a unique situation for all of us. That is, we will all keep caregiving for our own reasons. The point here is that you’ve learned to be a caregiver either by choice, by need, or some other reason. And, because you have learned how to be a caregiver you have something more to offer the world.
You are needed.
You are important.
You are valuable.
and, you are appreciated for what you do, and have done whether you realize it or not.
Many of the best caregivers out there are those that started out as family caregivers, got the caregiver bug, and kept on rolling with it. And, they aren’t all young either. We have thousands of caregivers who come through our certification courses that are in their late 60’s, 70’s and even 80’s! The wealth of knowledge that they bring from a life experience standpoint is invaluable. They’ve seen a lot, done a lot and experienced a lot. All of this life experience adds up, and when coupled with their knowledge of caregiving, it can have a huge impact in the lives of others.
And then the situation comes up when the more ‘seasoned’ person gets curious about caregiver certification, which leads them to the American Caregiver Association. But sometimes they aren’t always aware that they need to be certified, so it helps to write short articles about it so that they might come across our blog, or hear about it from someone who then leads them to us. Regardless of how a caregiver comes to us to get their certification we acknowledge and appreciate what they do. This means you too if you are a reading this and you are a caregiver in any capacity.
Yes, we appreciate what you do and understand how hard you work. And, we appreciate what you are going through and have gone through. While we can’t necessarily appreciate your ‘exact’ situation in its entirety, nor all of your experiences as a caregiver we do understand that it’s never easy. We all go through different things in life but we all have something to offer. There is always more that we can do to help, and there is always someone out there that needs your help, and will appreciate you.