CNAs can administer variety of treatments that caregivers cannot. CNA can prepare and administer medication, measure the blood sugar level and administer an insulin shot, take care of bedsores or provide wound care. Due to their knowledge and experience the rate for a CNA is slightly higher. CNA is not necessary for every client, usually they are hired in Hospice Care, Paralysis Care or Acute Care cases.

CNA - Certified Nursing Assistant is an entry-level provider of direct patient care in today's health care environment, including long-term care, hospitals, home health agencies, rehabilitation and hospice. Nurse aide training is completed in one term of instruction that is comprised of guidelines set by federal and state government.
The CNA certification program consists of 108 hours of theory and practice and 50 hours of clinical experience at a health care facility. The program is 11 weeks in duration.
  Caregivers duties include: Compassionate care, planning, cooking and serving nutritious meals, light domestic housework, laundry, shopping, errands, incidental transportation, sensitive companionship and friendly conversation, help with bathing, dressing and light exercise, medication assistance (reminders only), regularly keeping family informed of care experiences, assisting with personal finances, scheduling Medical Doctors appointments.

CAREGIVER � is also an entry-level provider of direct patient and custodial care. Caregivers like CNAs work in long-term care, hospitals, home health agencies, rehabilitation and hospice of settings.
Caregivers do not have any certification program that they go through to be certified by the federal or state government. Caregivers have only their experience and their references to rely on. Caregivers can perform many tasks around the house that a client may not be able to do by him/her.
Having a caregiver is less expensive than CNA and caregivers could handle most of the care that needs to be administered. Please contact Family Care SF to see which is best for your needs.