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Becoming a State Certified Caregiver

hoganHopefully for most, 2016 is off to a great start. For many, searching for a new career might be the next step in starting the New Year off with some extra motivation. For example, many people are considering entering the medical field or other technical careers with little to no experience. Luckily, for those interested in becoming a medical professional, there is a simple way to gain experience.

Hospice care is tasked with the goal of caring for terminally ill patients; yet, these caregivers do more than provide medical treatment. Caregivers provide physical and emotional care to those battling terminal illnesses and are looking to improve the quality of their patients’ remaining lives.

Becoming a certified caregiver in Arizona can be extraordinarily rewarding for both personal and professional development. There are many online and in-person course settings where experienced and non-experienced attendees can gain the necessary skills to pass the Arizona State Certified Caregiver Licensure Exam.

For more than 30 years, Vista Hospice (DBA Northland Palliative Care) has provided physical, emotional and spiritual care to patients facing a life-limiting illness, and their families, regardless of the ability to pay. Vista Hospice is a not-for-profit organization and offers Certified Caregiver Training courses to those looking to begin a career within the medical field. During the five-week course, students will be given the tools to prepare themselves for the Arizona State Certified Caregiver Licensure Exam that is recognized at assisted living facilities in Arizona.

Although becoming a caregiver can be a commitment, these course settings, such as Vista Hospice’s, will prepare students with in- and out-of-class material. While participating in these courses, participants can expect to learn safe patient transfer methods, basic patient bathing skills, and proper administration and documentation of medication.

Vista Hospice will be offering this Certified Caregiver Training beginning April 25. For those considering entering the medical field with little experience, this is an excellent opportunity. Becoming a State Certified Caregiver gives you the opportunity to care and enrich the lives of those that need compassion and care.

As we move into the New Year, Vista would also like to thank the community and grantees for their continued support. Thanks to Flagstaff and our community partners, we are able to provide a location where we can contribute end-of-life and palliative care to Northern Arizona. After this holiday season, we are excited to host events, such as our Certified Caregiver Training, as well as the Light-a-Life event and the Run/Walk for Life.

For additional information concerning Vista Hospice or our Certified Caregiver Training, please visit VistaHospice.org or call 928-779-1227. Our not-for-profit organization also owns and operates the Hodgepodge Thrift Store and The Olivia White Hospice Home – a 10-bed hospice home for those who need hospice care but are unable to stay in their home. At Vista Hospice, we or committed to excellence in end-of-life and comfort care.

By Kendal Hogan

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