How to become a private caregiver for seniors

Start your own caregiver business 

Each day you wake up and get ready to go to your job that you generally like and get paid for. You know that a little surprise or two that will propel you through the day and leave a small take away. The people you work with are nice. The customers you serve are for the most part content, but do not see a need to connect on any sort of deep level. Does this describe your current job and where you currently place your energy? If so you could be doing more for yourself, your community and making a good living at the same time. Imagine going to sleep at night knowing that you are doing your part to help seniors.
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Have you ever wondered when you see a senior with a caregiver in public how they got this job or how much they get paid? Well you would not be the first person to think this, yet you are the one reading this and will get the answers. The truth is that this job is not hard yet it does need a certain type of person with a true desire to help seniors. You must possess certain caregiver skills to operate a successful business. You can click this link and have a look to see what traits are needed on a more detailed level. You must have patience, like to learn new things, take initiative, and communicate well.

If you are the type of person who does the right thing when nobody is watching v.s. the person who only does good when eyes are on you then you might be in the right place.

Your curiosity may be growing at this point. A private caregiver for seniors might be an option for you and it may be much simpler to start than you thought. You realize that you have the necessary traits required to work with seniors. You could help seniors tomorrow but how and where to put yourself out there is the next step to take. You keep thinking but I have no experience, who will hire me with no experience.

Turns out many families would hire you based on who you are as a person and your natural affinity to be with seniors. Does it surprise you to know that it is as simple as your comfort level with seniors, and how much empathy you possess? Can you do all things you do for yourself on a personal level for a senior? You could help so many seniors with their daily tasks and offer them a better quality of life.
To start your own private caregiver business you need a local basic CPR training course. You should take the course regardless of starting your own business helping seniors. You may never know what emergency situation that you find yourself in. Better to have it than not, but you already know this.
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You want to start today, forget in a week, in a month so why not start right away you ask yourself. Why not is right attitude. So many people hold back and think they do not have what it takes or that they need years of training. Seniors and families of senior loved ones need your help yesterday and want to find someone like you. So many ways exist for you to put yourself out there and get discovered on local job websites.
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You still have a level of curiosity to know what the expectations of families. You think what it will take for you to be an excellent private caregiver and make the most income possible. In your business you will have to stand out from your competitors. You will need to either offer something unique, or take a business model that works and make it better.
Remain authentic to who you are and remember that a senior will always be able to call bullshit from a mile away. Seniors are not interested in spending time with someone who is not present and knor do you. This business is personal and has many financial rewards, flexibility, and freedom. What more could you want from a job in this world.
The takeaway from helping seniors is often a feeling of how they have helped you. You know the value you add and families also know the value. Beyond the financial benefits, is learning patience, wisdom, understanding. Senior clients teach you about developing deeper and more meaningful relationships. These lessons often flow into your life outside work. You find yourself re-evaluating how you spend your time and want to make the most of it. Seniors teach us so much about the past an how it has shaped our present.

What is more rewarding than you spending time with a senior who was at one time a school principal, court judge, stay at home mom of five, book publisher, war veteran, pilot, business owner, engineer, world traveler, musician etc. What you could learn oh my!

You are the special one who gets to hear the real details versions of their stories and life adventures. You get to hear and feel the regrets, defeats, but also the successes and accomplishments. You are privy to personal and intimate conversations that are special and cherished.
Above all this, you have the privilege to be with your senior clients in their final years of life who chose you. If that gives you the chills then you are in the right direction.
Whatever is holding you back try to put it aside and give this a good opportunity to surface as a possible career. If it is weighing on you and you aren’t sure then volunteer at a local public Nursing home. See if it moves the needle in your heart and if it does don’t look back. You will never regret spending you time on this earth serving your seniors community.
Working as a private caregiver will pose more responsibility for you v.s. working for a homecare agency. Your caregiver rate is higher when paid private. Pay starts above min. wage and can go as high as $40/hour. The range will depend on your location as well as the demand for your services. The more services and value that you offer to seniors and family members, the greater your pay.
When you work in memory care your pay tends to be higher due to a higher level of skill and experience required. Nothing is stopping you apprenticing with a caregiver who works in memory care. Use your free time if you can not afford the time or money to attend training. You may want to look at training down the road at night but you can still start right away as a non medical caregiver.

The sky is the limit when it comes to becoming a private caregiver. You can take it in any direction and the opportunities will only continue to grow as the years progress. Seniors need you and all that you have to offer. What you don’t know and where to start is often the scariest part. You can get the guidance you need at

You still feel you need to evaluate your current work situation and plan how you will make a smooth transition into a career change and need more support then click here.
When you decide caregiving is for you, you need to know how appreciated you are for making this decision! Please share your caregiving journey in the comments below and tell us how you got started. Did you choose caregiving or did it choose you?
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