Think a caregiver career is right for you?
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.
Caregiver can also be described as:
- Home support worker (HWS)
- Care attendant
- Care worker
- Home care aid
- Senior’s 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 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).
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.
Included for free in the download are 15 important senior care business templates.
Senior care business templates
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 the people already working in the field. Prepare to impress your new clients with these professional senior care business forms, questionnaires, and document templates. You can customize these tailored templates to your own senior care business. Show your clients, family members, curators, and trustees that you are a business owner that is responsible and accountable for all areas of your senior care business.
Your new templates
- Senior care quote template
- Caregiver job description template
- Terms of senior care service agreement
- Senior client information form
- Daily care journal
- Housekeeping Checklist
- Personal hygiene chart
- Senior care invoice template
- Yearly tax receipt for senior care services template
If you plan to hire caregivers to work under your company, you will need the following:
- Hiring caregiver checklist
- Application form
- Pre-interview questionnaire
- Caregiver Interview questions
- Reference questionnaire
- Caregiver employment agreement
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 multitask
- Organizational skills
- Friendly nature
- Work ethic and drive
- Minimum age
- 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
- Medication reminders
Free download included when you purchase ‘How to Start a Senior Care Business’