Learn how to become a caregiver for seniors
If you are entrepreneurial and enjoy being with seniors, then starting your own senior care business could be your next career venture.
Each day you wake up and get ready to go to the job that you generally like and get paid for. You know that a little surprise or two will propel you through the day. The people you work with are friendly. The customers are nice. But is this enough? Are you doing something that means something? Are you fulfilling your purpose on earth?
Does this describe your current job and where you currently place your energy? If so, you could be doing more for yourself and your community, while making a good living at the same time.
Imagine knowing that you are doing your part to help seniors and provide a better daily quality of life for them and you. How would your life change?
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 wonder this, yet you are the one reading this and will get the answers.
A caregiver must possess a certain amount job-related skills, and need to be a person with a genuine desire to help seniors in order to operate a successful senior care business.
Can I make a good living helping seniors?
The short answer is yes! Determining you caregiver rate will involve a few factors. In order to ask for a higher rate you will need to stand out from your competitors.You will need to either offer a unique service to what your competitors are offering in your area or take a business model that works and make it better.
One main key factor is to remain who you are as an individual and remember that a senior will always be able to sense if you are being authentic from a mile away. Seniors are not interested in spending time with someone who is not fully present, and willing to be vulnerable themselves.
Having a caregiving business has many financial benefits, flexibility, and freedom. What more could you want from a job in this world, so go ahead and take steps to learn how to become a caregiver. Beyond the financial benefits, is learning greater patience, wisdom, and understanding. Senior clients teach you all about developing more profound and more meaningful relationships. What you pick up will often flow into your personal life outside work. You might catch yourself re-evaluating how you spend your time and choose how to make the most of it.
A caregiver is in a very privileged position and possesses the unique opportunity to hear the original detailed versions of a senior’s stories, life adventures and events. Seniors teach us so much about the past and how it has shaped our present.
Spend time with a senior who was at one time a school principal, a court judge, CEO, Doctor, stay at home mom of five, book publisher, war veteran, pilot, business owner, engineer, world traveler, factory worker, musician etc. Listen and prepare yourself for exciting, heartwarming stories that will completely move you. You get to hear and feel the regrets, defeats, but also the successes and accomplishments, as well as how they made decisions at tipping points in their life. You are privy to personal and intimate conversations that are special and to be cherished.
When you work in memory care, your pay tends to be higher due to a higher level of skill and experience required. What is stopping you from 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 to become a private caregiver for seniors.
The sky’s 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 year’s 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 of any new adventure. Whatever is holding you back, try to put it aside and give a caregiver career a try. If it weighs on you and you aren’t sure, then volunteer at a local public seniors residence. See if it moves the needle in your heart and if it does don’t look back. You will never regret spending your time on this earth, serving seniors in your community.
Working as a private caregiver will pose more responsibility for you, v.s, working for a home care agency. Your caregiver rate is higher when paid privately. Pay starts above min.wage approximately $15/hr and can go as high as $40-/hour depending on your location, and experience. For more information on how to start a senior care business, you can download our digital guide.