Start a caregiver career in 2021
Create your own caregiver career serving our seniors independently or hire caregivers to work for your senior care business
Start a caregiver career and add value and quality to seniors’ lives. It is a incredibly special position to be in as a caregiver to be privy to a senior’s final years of their life. Their is a huge demand for private additional non-medical support for seniors in long term care homes, and in private residences. Staff shortages in care facilities have left many seniors with less care than usual and families are looking for immediate assistance.
Around the world we see more government facilities, programs and tax breaks available to seniors in order to facilitate this population growth. Retirement community style buildings are going up at a fast rate. Some senior based “communities” offer meal plans, nursing assistance but they are not all created equal, and benefit from outside resourcing of homecare agencies or independent private caregivers on file to offer additional senior care support, or fill in when necessary.
Depending on where you are located a caregiver can also be referred to as:
- Private caregiver
- Independent caregiver
- Care attendant
- Care worker
- Home care aid
- Home aid
- Home health aid
- Home support worker (HSW)
- Senior aid
- Non medical home health aid
In your location certification may be required to operate a non-medical senior care business. Make sure to search the rules and regulations online in your local area regarding the matter, as well as any training courses that are required to take in class or online. Typically a caregiver career working with seniors starts above minimum wage anywhere from 15$/hr to $40/hr depending on the demand in the local area of your business.
Providing non-medical support 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 or start a home care agency and hire other caregivers who are interested in pursuing a caregiver career.
(call or go online to find out the rules about private senior care certification in your area)
A caregiver’s main purpose and function is to:
- 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
What types of services you can offer
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.
Accompany senior to:
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
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%+
✔️Vacuum Floors / Sofa / Drapes
✔️Clean and disinfect bathroom
✔️Wipe down kitchen area
Bathing & Grooming
✔️In and out of bath
✔️Cut finger & toe nails
✔️Assistance with toilet/diapers
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
A caregiver can accompany a senior to a variety of activities and events: (Certain activities are reduced due to COVID-19)
You can now create a 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 you the caregiver and person in charge of senior care completed and signed 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 care needs tend to change often 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 senior care business owner or private caregiver, you can check out this digital guide ‘How to start a senior care business’. This guide will provide you with the knowledge and tools that you need to get started.
Caregiver career 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
- 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
Right now, is the best time in history to start your own senior care business. With the help from Danielle at Wise Caregiving you can now enter senior care with a sense of confidence, knowledge and preparedness. Take advantage of learning from someone who has extensive experience in this industry and will help you avoid costly mistakes and help protect you while you help protect our seniors.
Prepare to impress your new clients with these professional senior care business form templates. Customize these templates to your very own business. Show your clients, family members, curators, and trustees that you are a business owner that is responsible and accountable.
How to Start your own senior care business
Guide and templates available!
INCLUDED: Professional Senior Care Forms
Senior care forms also available in shop (separately)
If you plan to hire caregivers to work under your company, you will need all of the following templates:
- Client intake form
- Senior care information / Assessment form
- Fall risk assessment form
- 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
- 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
- Senior care transport agreement
- Senior care competitor questionnaire
- Bookkeeping checklist
- Home safety checklist