Who issues licenses for caregivers in the state of California?

A fellow caregiver asked...

Hi Everybody. We're thinking of hiring a non medical caregiver for my mother in law who has early stage alzheimers. There are several listed in the classified section that say licensed caregiver. I would like to be able to check on the license status before I hire anyone, but I can't find any information on who actually issues these licenses for caregivers. Does anybody know who issues these caregiver licenses in California? Thank you so much for your input!

Expert Answer

As Founder and Director of Circles of Care, Ann Cason provides caregiving, consulting, and training services to individuals and public and private organizations involved in eldercare. She is the author of Circles of Care: How to Set Up Quality Home Care for Our Elders.

In California, there generally is not a license for non-medical caregivers.  This is different that a Certified Nursing Assistant or Certified Home Heatlh Aide. 

Personality is most important: warmth, patience, and adventurous. If your mother in law is forgetful or confused, that should not be frightening to the caregiver. 

Special training in working with dementia helps. Sometimes instead of a license the person might have a certificate which shows what kind of training or how many hours. 

If the person you want to hire does not have special training, but you like him or her, you might offer to pay for a course.  Or you might ask her to attend a support group and pay the extra time.  Call your local Alzheimer's association to find out what is offered in your area.  Or check with Caring.com's local resources.