For some time now, memory care facilities have been the best option for elderly individuals with dementia to live a comfortable life. Family members might protest, often attempting to provide the same care for a loved one by themselves. For this reason, over 15 million Americans are unpaid caregivers for people afflicted with Alzheimers or different form of dementia. If you want to help ease the burden on families nationwide, you might consider becoming one of the excellent specialized caregivers that assist patients in memory care facilities. This is how to get started.
First and foremost, you must be at least 18 years of age before applying for a position as a specialized caregiver. Next, you must have experience caring for someone with dementia. This can be either paid, or as we know is too often the case, unpaid experience. Additionally, the experience must have been 15 hours per week for one year, or six months if you are a Certified Nurse Aide. You must have also been trained in dementia care for at least 15 hours in the last two years. Finally, you will need to pass an examination to become a Certified Alzheimers Caregiver
There are few barriers to entry for this field, because memory care facilities want to help as many patients as they can. For this reason, there are no educational requirements. The training, however, does require a wealth of knowledge about Alzheimers. Likewise, the experience you need to have to work as a caregiver is also fairly rigorous due to the sensitive nature of the patients’ condition.
Before pursuing this career path, consider the weight that will be placed on your shoulders every day. Beyond the bathing, dressing, feeding, and assisting with daily functions, you will be tasked with executing group behavioral therapy, engaging in memory games, and being exposed to some emotionally difficult situations.
Being a specialized caregiver in a memory care facility is one of the most difficult things you can do. You will face emotional hardship and stress. If you can handle it, however, you will be contributing to a great improvement in the quality of life of your residents, their families, and the world as a whole. People who selflessly care for people with dementia are wonderfully shining diamonds in the rough. If this is the path you choose, you are compassionate beyond measure.