Caregiver Training Needs


Caregiver Training Needs


Caregiving can be a straining and challenging role, however, training can provide the information and skills caregivers need to feel more prepared to care for another person. We asked caregivers to explain their access to and utilization of caregiver training resources, classes, and programs. Learn more about what we found below:

Caregiver training survey fast facts 

  • Just under half of all caregivers surveyed have received training.
  • Safety was the most common topic caregivers reported being trained on (26 percent).
  • The top three topics that caregivers, who haven’t been trained, want to be trained on are: exercise or physical therapy (20 percent), end-of-life care (28 percent), and memory care (28 percent).
  • The biggest barrier to caregivers receiving training is not knowing where to access it (33 percent).

Trends in caregiver training

Traditionally, skilled and medical tasks were only performed at doctor’s offices or in hospitals. In recent years, there has been a shift in providing more care at home, which places a disproportionate amount of care work on family caregivers who often have a limited understanding of how to complete these tasks. 

Despite the shift toward home-based care, caregivers have little voice, recognition, and involvement in the care process. Caregivers are not visitors and should be treated as an extension of the patient or person receiving care. 

What we can do now:

Reach out to your local officials and explain the necessity to expand access to caregiver training regardless of financial, linguistic, and other barriers. 

Here are some resources for caregiver training

Knowledge is power, and by arming yourself with the knowledge you need as a caregiver, you’ll be an expert in no time. 

Actual Survey Data 

What best describes your caregiving role?

  • 72.2% current family caregiver
  • 25.6% former family caregiver
  • 2.2% neither former or current family caregiver

Have you ever received training for the care you provide?

  • 48.9% yes
  • 51.1% no

If you answered “yes” to the previous question, select the subject(s) in which you received training. Please check all that apply

  • Wound care & infection protection 16.7%
  • Safety (i.e. fall prevention, first aid) 25.6%
  • Emergency preparedness 20.0%
  • Hygiene (i.e. toileting & bathing) 18.9%
  • Nutrition 20%
  • Medication management 17.8%
  • Pain management 11.1%
  • Behavior management 23.3%
  • Exercise or physical therapy 16.7%
  • Communication 22.2%
  • End-of-life care 13.3%
  • Memory care (i.e. Alzheimer's, dementia) 18.9%
  • Self-care or self-improvement 21.1%
  • Managing emotions 17.8%
  • All of the above 5.6%
  • None of the above 7.8%
  • Other 3.3%

If you answered “no” to the previous question, select the subject(s) in which you would like to receive training. Please check all that apply.

  • Wound care & infection protection 15.6%
  • Safety (i.e. fall prevention, first aid) 27.8%
  • Emergency preparedness 27.8%
  • Hygiene (i.e. toileting & bathing) 24.4%
  • Nutrition 21.1%
  • Medication management 16.7%
  • Pain management 17.8%
  • Behavior management 26.7%
  • Exercise or physical therapy 28.9%
  • Communication 23.3%
  • End-of-life care 27.8%
  • Memory care (i.e. Alzheimer's, dementia) 27.8%
  • Self-care or self-improvement 23.3%
  • Managing emotions 31.1%
  • All of the above 14.4%
  • None of the above 6.7%
  • Other 1.1%

If you have received caregiver training, please tell us who provided the training:

  • Home care provider 8.2%
  • Non-profit organization 13.1%
  • Hospital or healthcare provider 18%
  • University or college 4.9%
  • Online/virtual training programs or certifications 6.6%
  • I have not received any caregiver training 32.8%
  • Other 16.4%

Have you experienced any challenges or limitations in accessing caregiver training?

  • 62.2% yes
  • 37.8% no

If you answered “yes” to the previous question, tell us what challenges or limitations you’ve experienced in accessing caregiver training. Please check all that apply.

  • I don’t know where I can access it 33.3%
  • I am unable to make time to attend training 23.3%
  • I don’t have the financial means to attend training 30%
  • I lack the transportation to attend training 2.2%

This research was conducted by Data for this survey was collected from July 15-August 10, 2021, and respondents included 90 family and professional caregivers.

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