Start your caregiver career in 2021

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A caregiver career serving our seniors from a business perspective, is one of the fastest growing industries due to the rapid large aging population.

The coronavirus has created a huge demand in family members looking for private caregivers to handle the more personalized care in long term care homes, and at home. Staff shortages have left many seniors with less care than usual. If you enter a home they will explain their protocols and safety guidelines.

Caregivers have the unique opportunity and privilege through a career to add value and quality to a seniors life. They also have a front row seat to our past and how we got to where we are today.

It is a incredibly special position to be in and a great experience for both a private caregiver and senior to see from both sides how we are connected and why we are important to each other.

Around the world we see more government facilities, programs and tax breaks available to seniors in order to facilitate this population growth. We also see many retirement community style buildings going up at an alarmingly fast rate.

Some senior based “communities” offer caregiver services such as meal plans, nursing assistance but they are not all created equal, and some will benefit from outside resourcing of homecare agencies or private caregivers on file to offer an additional resource when necessary. Many private residences outsource any extra help they need.

private caregiver services

A caregiver also referred to as:

  • Carer
  • Caretaker
  • Care attendant
  • Companion
  • Care worker
  • Home care aid
  • Home health aid
  • Home support worker (HSW)
  • Senior aid
  • Non medical home health aid

Depending on where you live, certification may be required and you should look into local laws regarding the matter, as well as courses available to train you in class or online.  A caregiver career working with seniors starts above minimum wage anywhere from 15$/hr to $40/hr depending on the demand. The caregiver  job itself requires a person who possesses a natural affinity to be with seniors.

A private caregiver career working for seniors is extremely rewarding, interesting, insightful, exciting, informative, and has limitless growth potential. A freelance caregiver career will enable you to work in homecare, and public/private senior care facilities (with or without certification-again call or go online to check with your local government). 

A caregiver’s main purpose and function:

  • Promote and stimulate autonomy of senior
  • Accompany and assist senior on outings
  • Apply measures to promote quality comfort, sleep and rest
  • Provide moral support to senior
  • Provide assistance to senior with activities of daily living
  • Ensure prevention of infection and contamination
  • Ensure well-being and safety of senior

Private caregiving services

Groceries 🛒        

Assistance getting to the grocery store or making an online order. Everyday chores such as grocery shopping can be overwhelming for seniors. A senior will tend to plan the whole day around a a simple trip to the grocery store. A caregiver can assist with this task and take all the stress out of what may seem like a complicated and draining event.

Errands 🚗

Accompany senior to:

Retail stores
✔️Dry cleaners

Appointments 🗓️

A caregiver can be your set of eyes and ears at an appointment, likewise he/she can request to record audio, or ask the medical professional to send you a summary of findings to you by email.

✔️Beauty & Spa

Housekeeping 🧹

For safety and the health of a senior it is imperative-especially now during COVID-19 to keep a seniors home, or room in a care facility clean, and free of the virus.

✔️Wiping down all touched surfaces with alcohol 70%+
✔️Mop Floors
✔️Vacuum Floors / Sofa / Drapes
✔️Clean and disinfect bathroom
✔️Wipe down kitchen area

Bathing & Grooming 🛁

Assistance with:

✔️In and out of bath
✔️Cut finger & toe nails
✔️Cleaning teeth/dentures
✔️Assistance with toilet/diapers
✔️Brushing hair
✔️Apply make-up
✔️Apply moisturizer

Meal Prep 🍽️

Same day preparation or advanced preparation.

✔️Serve breakfast, lunch, supper, or snack
✔️Set up table for next meal
✔️Cook and freeze 1-2 portion meals-label-reheat as needed
✔️Purchase pre-made meals that can be frozen

Exercise with Senior 🎳

✔️Golf range

Pet Care 🐾

✔️Daily walks
✔️Changing litters
✔️Replenishing food
✔️Veterinary appointments

Senior outings 🚗 

A caregiver can accompany a senior to a variety of activities and events: (Certain activities are reduced due to COVID-19)

✔️Gala dinners
✔️Religious services
✔️Scenic drive 

Private Caregiving

You can now create a private caregiver career that is more secure than ever before. Cover and protect yourself the same way home care agencies do which is to put everything in writing. It is important to ask the right questions, and to have all the information and agreements between the caregiver and person in charge of senior care in order before any mandate begins. If you need to make changes along the way, simply state a time frame where the contracts can be reviewed as things can be very fluid in senior care.

When you both sign on the dotted line together it eliminates any chance of confusion between both parties. It is very important to know what the expectations and requirements of the job are. Those of you who are taking a serious look at starting or changing your career to become a professional caregiver, our digital guide ‘How to start a senior care business’ will provide you with the knowledge that you need when you start your very own private senior care business. 

Caregiver requirements & Skills:

  • Punctual-show up on time
  • Flexible with scheduling
  • Operate a communication device
  • Have a reliable car and valid driver’s license to transport client
    • Record must be clean
    • Driving record on hand
  • Speak, read, and write the language required by client
  • Adaptability to new situations and environments
  • Resourcefulness 
  • Creativity
  • Good listener
  • Calm under pressure
  • Good work ethic and drive
  • Proof of eligibility to work in location
  • Cooking and housekeeping
  • Personal hygiene assistance (Bathing, dressing and grooming assistance)
  • Assist with walking and transfers
  • Medication reminders
  • Companionship

Right now, is the best time in history to start your own senior care business. Why not enter with a sense of confidence and knowledge from someone with extensive experience already working in the field.

Prepare to impress your new clients with these professional senior care business forms, questionnaires, and document templates. Customize these templates to your own business. Show your clients, family members, curators, and trustees that you are a business owner that is responsible and accountable.

]How to Start a senior care business guide and templates-wisecaregiving   

Templates included with purchase of ‘How to Start a Senior Care Business’ (value of $19.95)

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Templates Included✔️

If you plan to hire caregivers to work under your company, you will need all of the following templates:

  • Senior care information form
  • Fall risk assessment tool
  • Senior care quote
  • Caregiver job description
  • Terms of senior care service agreement
  • Daily care journal
  • Housekeeping checklist
  • Personal hygiene chart
  • Senior care invoice
  • Tax receipt for senior care services template
  • Hire a caregiver checklist
  • Caregiver employment application form
  • Pre-interview questionnaire
  • Caregiver interview questionnaire
  • Reference check questionnaire
  • Caregiver employment agreement (long form)
  • Caregiver employment contract (short form)
  • COVID-19 Screening caregiver form for visitors 🆕

Both the word documents and Excel spreadsheets are reusable, and can be fully edited. Customize all templates to your business.

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