California Home Care Aide Certified Training Series

WISE Caregiving Training Academy - A nonprofit organization committed to excellence in caregiving

These online courses provide training for California Home Care Aides working with older adults or others who need extra, non-medical care in their home.

The program is available to California residents only. Participants must be 18 years of age or older. All courses meet the continuing education requirement for California Home Care Aides and must be completed within 12 months following registration.

Course Delivery

Blackboard, the University of Arkansas' online learning system, is your portal to class information. Your Blackboard login and password information will be sent to you via email within approximately 24 hours of your registration. Please note that if you registered on a weekend or holiday, or if the University of Arkansas is closed due to inclement weather, there may be a delay in providing you with your login information. For further assistance, contact the Global Campus at 479-464-5024.

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101 - State Required Initial Training

  3 Hour Course

This course fulfills the initial training requirement for Home Care Aides Under the California Home Care Services Consumer Protection Act.

  • Identify reasons for safety precautions
  • List accident risk factors
  • Identify the basic safety steps for preventing falls
  • Identify the basic safety steps for preventing burns
  • Review a home safety checklist
  • Identify the major causes of fire
  • Identify safety precautions for elders requiring supplemental oxygen
  • Discuss measures for preventing fire
  • Discuss the process for reporting emergencies
  • Name causes of airway obstruction
  • List symptoms of possible partial airway obstruction
  • List symptoms for complete airway obstruction
  • Discuss what to do when there is a fire in the home
  • Discuss procedures for natural disasters
  • Discuss procedures for earthquakes
  • Discuss procedures for power failures
  • Discuss procedures for evacuating the home
  • Identify the steps to take when a client is missing
  • Discuss the chain of infection
  • Identify reasons why infection prevention and control are important
  • Name conditions needed for microorganisms to grow
  • List ways microorganisms spread
  • Name the single most important infection control practice
  • Identify infection control practices that hinder the spread of infection
  • List indications for hand hygiene
  • Describe Standard Precautions in caring for an elder with potentially infectious conditions
  • Describe how to prepare a clean work surface in the home setting
  • Describe how to clean equipment used in providing patient care at home
  • Identify ways to maintain a clean home environment



201 - Aging and Basic Personal Care

  5 Hour Course

This course meets the five-hour annual requirement for recertification for California Home Care Aides and provides basic information about the aging process, communication with older adults, diseases and conditions, and basic personal care.

  • List the five basic human needs
  • Discuss Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
  • Define religion and culture
  • Identify ways to help with meeting the needs of elders for whom care is provided
  • Describe the normal physiological changes of aging
  • Define communication and identify types of communication
  • List attitudes that promote effective communication
  • Identify basic factors that may block communication among the elder, family, and staff
  • List steps necessary to communicate with the visually impaired and hearing impaired
  • Describe techniques for communicating with the elder who cannot speak
  • Identify cultural influences on communication style
  • Define confidentiality
  • List examples of appropriate and inappropriate use of the elder's personal information
  • Define diabetes and list signs and symptoms of hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia
  • Discuss respiratory conditions that prevent sufficient oxygen intake
  • Identify the caregiver's responsibilities when providing care for an elder after stroke
  • Define fracture
  • Discuss how to care for a person with AIDS
  • Identify the caregiver's responsibilities when providing care for an elder with heart disease
  • Define delirium, dementia, Alzheimer's Disease and depression
  • Describe the difference between delirium and dementia
  • Identify the causes of delirium and dementia
  • List signs and symptoms of depression
  • List purposes for oral hygiene
  • Identify measures for oral hygiene
  • Identify measures for denture care
  • List factors that affect an elder's hygiene needs and practices
  • Identify guidelines for bathing an elder
  • Identify measures for hair care including beard car
  • Identify measures for proper nail care
  • Identify proper foot care and changes that warrant reporting
  • Discuss guidelines for performing ROM exercises
  • Identify and demonstrate ROM exercise procedures



202 - Safety and Advanced Personal Care

  5 Hour Course

This course meets the five-hour annual requirement for recertification for California Home Care Aides and addresses how to care for very frail elders safely, including transferring and moving an elder in bed.

  • Identify and demonstrate rules of body mechanics
  • Identify general principles for lifting and moving
  • Describe correct body alignment with ambulation
  • Identify how to transfer an elder from a chair to wheelchair and wheelchair to bed
  • Identify techniques for ambulation involving an elder with a cane and walker
  • List the steps for proper use of a wheelchair
  • Describe proper use of a wheelchair
  • Describe how to assist a falling elder
  • Identify methods of dressing and undressing an elder
  • Discuss appropriate clothing types and dressing techniques for the impaired elder
  • Identify complete bed bath technique
  • Identify how to administer perineal care for both a male and a female
  • Identify measures for hair care when shampooing hair in bed
  • Identify measures for assisting an elder with a bedpan, urinal or bedside commode
  • List changes in the skin due to aging
  • List changes in the skin that warrant reporting
  • Identify skin changes that act as warning signs of a pressure ulcer
  • Describe places on the body to monitor for pressure ulcers
  • List measures for preventing skin breakdown and pressure ulcers
  • Describe normal and abnormal appearances of urine
  • Describe normal and abnormal appearances of feces
  • List symptoms of constipation
  • Identify comfort and safety procedures for changing an elder's position in bed
  • Discuss how to raise the elder's head and shoulders
  • Identify methods for moving the elder up in bed with or without a lift sheet
  • Discuss how to turn an elder in bed
  • Discuss how to assist an elder to the lateral, or sidelying, position
  • Discuss how to move the elder to the side of the bed
  • Discuss how to help an elder sit on the side of the bed



  5 Hour Course

This course meets the five-hour annual requirement for recertification for California Home Care Aides and addresses legal reporting requirements, documentation of care, nutrition, food safety, and the importance of identifying and reporting pain. 

  • Identify the role and importance of documentation
  • Describe methods of documentation
  • Define subjective and objective documentation
  • List attitudes and actions which are prerequisites for making observations
  • Discuss issues related to assuming care for an elder
  • Demonstrate principles of documentation
  • List ethical responsibilities of the caregiver
  • Identify conditions under which the caregiver may be held liable for negligence
  • Define abuse and maltreatment
  • List forms of elder abuse
  • Discuss the law as it relates to reporting abuse, neglect, or exploitation
  • Identify the caregiver's responsibility in reporting suspected abuse or neglect
  • Identify the agencies/individuals responsible for investigating suspected abuse, neglect, or exploitation
  • Discuss advance directives
  • Discuss "Do Not Resuscitate" (DNR)
  • Define caregiver stress and describe its causes
  • Discuss measures for reducing caregiver stress
  • Discuss nutritional requirements
  • Discuss normal fluid requirements and dehydration
  • Identify steps to help elders remain independent in eating
  • Discuss the use of assistive feeding devices
  • Identify basic steps for choking prevention
  • Discuss common special diets for elders
  • Identify why older adults may be at risk for foodborne illnesses
  • Discuss meal preparation and food handling guidelines to prevent foodborne illnesses
  • State the two-hour rule for safe food handling
  • Describe the four types of pain
  • Describe factors affecting pain
  • List signs and symptoms of pain
  • List the necessary information for reporting pain




Miriam Caiden

Dr. Miriam Caiden

MSG, PhD, Director, Training and Education, WISE & Healthy Aging

Miriam Caiden, MSG, PhD, Director of Training and Education at WISE & Healthy Aging, leads the organization's Caregiver Training Academy.

Dr. Caiden is Master-certified to teach Schmieding Method courses through the University of Arkansas' Schmieding Center for Senior & Health Education, providing quality training to caregivers throughout the Los Angeles community.

Among her many accomplishments in academia, Dr. Caiden was with the Division of Adult and Career Education in the Los Angeles Unified School District where she was a tenured teacher in programming for older adults. She holds a bachelor's degree in English Literature from UCLA and a master's degree in Gerontology from USC. Dr. Caiden also holds a Doctorate degree (PhD) in Social Policy and Administration from the London School of Economics and has obtained extensive programming and teaching experience. A master trainer for the Stanford University Chronic Disease Self-Management Program and Maine Health's A Matter of Balance Fall Prevention Program. Dr. Caiden is also an experienced facilitator of other evidence-based programs in diabetes and arthritis management.