A caregiver career serving our seniors from a business perspective, is one of the fastest growing industries due to the rapid large aging population.
Caregivers have the unique opportunity and privilege of adding 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 may need.
Caregiver can also be described as:
Home support worker (HWS)
Home care 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. The caregiver job itself requires a person who possesses a natural affinity to create a connection with seniors.
A private caregiver career 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).
You can now create a private caregiver career that is more secure than ever before. Cover and protect yourself the same way care agencies do.
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 writing.
To sign on the dotted line together 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 download ‘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. Included for free in the download are 12 important senior care business documents.
Senior care business documents
SENIOR CARE INFORMATION FORM
SENIOR CARE SERVICE QUOTE
CAREGIVER APPLICATION FORM
DAILY CARE JOURNAL
CAREGIVER JOB DESCRIPTION
PERSONAL HYGIENE CHART
TERMS OF SENIOR CARE SERVICE AGREEMENT
CAREGIVER EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT
SIMPLIFIED EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT
SENIOR CARE INVOICE
YEARLY TAX RECEIPT FOR SENIOR CARE
Caregiver career job requirements:
Flexibility with scheduling
Own and be able to operate a communication device:Own a car and have valid driver’s license
Record must be clean
Driving record will be obtained, accessed and reviewed.
Ability to read, write and speak English and French (flexible )
other languages an asset
Adaptable to new situations and environments
Be a good listener
Ability to remain calm in stressful situations
Ability to multi task
Work ethic and drive
High school or college diploma
Ability to lift 75 pounds
Proof of eligibility to work in location
2-3 years of caregiver experience preferred
Cooking and housekeeping
Laundry and changing bed linens
Bathing, dressing and grooming assistance
Transportation to doctor appointments, supermarket and pharmacy
Assist with walking and transfers from bed to wheelchair