Direct Care Worker

Cactus Wren Training Program, LLC has been approved as a training provider for Direct Care Worker Training.  If you are taking care of a loved one, a caregiver or an agency that takes care of AHCCCS clients or residents you need this training.

This training will be in effect by October 1, 2012.  This caregiver training is non-medical caregiver training and it focuses mainly on how to give basic care to a person that has a disability or impairment, and needs assistance with activities of daily living.


Direct care workers are people who care for individuals of all ages who have disabilities or a chronic illness and need their assistance. There are many names for direct care workers. Here are some common titles for direct care workers:

> Caregiver
> Home Care Aide
> Attendant Care Worker
> Personal Assistant
> Personal Care Attendant
> Direct Support Professional
> Habilitation Technician
> Respite Care Worker
> Classroom Aide

Some of these jobs require special training. Others do not. It depends on many things about the job itself, such as the type of work done, where the work is done, and who is receiving the care. Read the descriptions below to learn more about each job. But remember: each job is different.



  • People of any age may need the assistance of a direct care worker if they cannot perform tasks of daily living by themselves because of an impairment or disability.



Direct care workers provide essential help with daily activities.
This allows the elderly and people with disabilities or chronic illness to live with as much dignity and independence as possible, regardless of
their age or condition.

Here are some of things that direct care workers might do:

> Be a companion for an elderly person who cannot be left
alone because of a physical or cognitive impairment.

> Teach adults with mental disabilities how to manage living by

> Assist a child who has physical disabilities to participate in
everyday school activities.

> Help with bathing, dressing, eating, getting in and out of bed
or going to the toilet.

> Check a person’s temperature, pulse and blood pressure.

> Assist people in getting from their beds to wheelchairs.

> Help people take their medicine.

There are many other things that direct care workers might do. It all depends on the job.


Call us now (602) 633-2730 (Phoenix) and (480-751-6881 (Mesa) to enroll in the program:  Classes are Monday to Friday from 1p to 7p in Phoenix and in Mesa from 8-12p.


Tuition Costs:  Call for Pricing


References: downloaded on July 19, 2012.


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