By Cindy Wilson,
As the Community Education Manager for Heritage Senior Care for over 13 years, I have established relationships in the community which enable me to coordinate FREE 1/2 day educational seminars for older adults addressing topics such as: fall prevention, driving forum, brain health, health fairs, dementia, end of life, disaster preparedness and much more.
Assisting families in problem solving and referring to the professionals in the community who can help improve their quality of life is a rewarding part of my interaction with the community. As well as chairing and belonging to many task forces, coalitions, board member and networking groups which provide services for the aging population.
I speak in the community on many specific elder topics and provide education for the employees of corporations which are facing caregiving challenges.
Popular Senior Care Resources
- The American Red Cross
The American Red Cross offers a Family Caregiving Program, in selected areas, designed for those who care for the elderly, ill, or disabled at home. The program covers home safety, assisting with personal care (including bathing), healthy eating, and caring for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
- The National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC)
The National Association for Home Care and Hospice offers national certification for in-home care providers. The Certification for Homemaker/Home Care Aides is awarded to care providers who demonstrate competency in training, skills demonstration, and a written exam. Visit their website for more information on NAHC’s education and certification programs.
- The Alzheimer’s Association
- The National Board for Certification of Hospice & Palliative Nurses (NBCHPN)
The National Board for Certification of Hospice & Palliative Nurses offers several levels of certification, many of which require a nursing license. The Certification for Hospice and Palliative Nursing Assistants (CHPNA) does not require a nursing license, although it does require 2000 practice hours under the supervision of a registered nurse. This certification is good for four years. The CHPNA exam is offered in 50 US locations every March and September. The cost of initial certification is $180, and the cost of renewal is $155. Discounts are available for members of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA). Visit their website for a candidate handbook and application.
- Home Safety
Home SAFE’s mission is to make home safety a more integral component of successful aging and preventive health in LA County by increasing activities and awareness among consumers, professionals, organizations and the wider community. The project’s home safety focus areas include:
- Fall prevention (e.g., elimination of hazards such as throw rugs, clutter in pathways),
- Home modification (e.g., environmental adaptations such as grab bars, better lighting),
- Fire protection measures (e.g., smoke alarms and escape plans), and
- Healthy home strategies (e.g., carbon monoxide detectors, clean furnace and air filters).
- Fall Prevention Checklist: Live a Full Life – Inside and Outside Your Home
- Home Modification: How to Get It Done
- Making Your Home Healthy and Safe: Carbon Monoxide and Lead Poisoning
- Making Your Home Healthy and Safe: Fire and Burn Prevention