Become a Senior Caregiver as a Professional Caregiver to Assist Seniors Aging-in-Place

Senior caregiver employment opportunities are plentiful and will only continue to increase as America's seniors are living longer while preferirng to age-in-place in their own homes. As adult children often do not live within a 1-hour drive of their parents and grandparents, and also are retiring later in life, professional senior caregivers are now providing the senior home care.

As senior care can be very complicated, sometimes specific training is required (for stroke care, memory loss care and for other age-related illnesses). Anyone with a caring personality can begin a caregiving career and obtain online caregiver training meeting the requirements for their state. Senior care industry executives anticipate more states will be passing legislation to require specific training as senior care moves to the home. Hospitals also are preparing to care for more of their patients in a home setting by enabling video technology and other tracking tools to stay on top of vital signs no matter where the patient resides.

Apply to a senior caregiving job near you today by submitting Caregiverlist's job application which will reach multiple employers in your area. Both part-time and full-time opportunities are available as some seniors require around-the-clock care. Live-in caregiver jobs also are available, where you stay with the senior for a few days at a time, enjoying meals together and sleeping at night and returning to your own home for the rest of the week. Hiring needs by senior care companies are constant as seniors rarely plan ahead for caregiving services and when a medical emergency, such as a fall or stroke, occur, the senior immediately needs care services. Senior care companies hire both companion caregivers where no formal training or experience is required (the senior care company will provide the training or you may take the basic training online) and Certified Nursing Aides who must complete a program meeting federal training guidelines and attend a local C.N.A. School.

Become a Certified Senior Caregiver

It takes a special kind of person to become a professional caregiver. Many start as caregivers to aging family members and they experience first-hand what a difference compassionate care can make in the life of a senior. However, caregiving is much more than a fulfilling vocation; those who decide to become certified caregivers find it is career that offers competitive pay, flexible scheduling, and an expanding job market. Most of all, those working in senior care often tell us that they make meaningful connections with elderly clients and their families. It truly is a job of which they can be proud.

For those interested in learning more about caring for elderly adults, Caregiverlist® presents The Home Caregiver Career Overview infographic. We've culled information from various reputable sources, internal and external, to show you just why senior caregiving is The Career That Keeps on Giving.

Baby boomers are aging. By the year 2030, approximately 20% of the American population will be 65 and over. The majority of seniors (our research estimates it at 90%!) want to age at home with the help of in-home caregivers. If you thought quality caregivers are high in demand now, just wait a few years—home healthcare is one of the fastest-growing industries and is projected to grow by nearly 50% from 2012 to 2022.

Non-medical home caregivers provide home and health services, help with activities of daily living (ADLs), and sometimes most importantly, companionship.

Senior home care agencies lament that there aren’t enough quality caregivers to fill all available positions. Talk about job security! As we showed in our 2013 Senior Care Employment Index, there are nearly 11,000 senior care agencies in the United States and 1,000 new agencies opened in 2012 alone. In addition to benefits (such as medical and dental insurance and retirement plans) and flexible hours, home care agencies regularly pay their hourly caregivers significantly more than minimum wage.

Becoming a certified caregiver requires that you meet your state’s minimum training requirement and pass a criminal background check. Then you are on your way to a career that offers the rewards and personal satisfaction that few others can provide.

Senior Caregiving Jobs

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National Nursing Assistant's Week—Caregiverlist Celebrates with T-Shirt Giveaway

Certified nursing aids—everyone likes free stuff, right? How about a free t-shirt? Celebrate National Nursing Assistants Week with Caregiverlist.  The Refer-a-Friend program provides an opportunity to get a caregiving job and their friend a chance to win a t-shirt!

Refer-a-Friend to a caregiving job will enter one for a chance to win a free t-shirt with additional prizes.  To honor the last day of National Nursing Assistants Week, Caregiverlist will give away 10 t-shirts to the Refer-a-Friend winners on Thursday, June 20th. Caregiverlist has weekly and monthly winners through the Refer-a-Friend program. Each week, Caregiverlist gives away a t-shirt and a monthly winner receives a $50 gift card.

C.N.A.’s and caregivers can stay active in the caregiving community with Stories share times of struggle and satisfaction.  C.N.A.’s and caregivers get involved by sharing their stories on Caregiverlist.  Those who post submissions inspire others who face physical, mental and emotional demands of caregiving. Read past stories that have been submitted by caregivers for motivation.

Caregivers, C.N.A.s and C.H.H.A.s looking for employment can apply for jobs online. Senior care companies hire on a weekly basis in all areas nationally. Those interested in a caregiving job can fill out an application online through Caregiverlist.

Caregiver Stress Relief Photo of the Week

Caregivers that care for the elderly know the realities of caregiver stress. Caregiverlist invites all family caregivers, professional caregivers and certified nursing assistants to take a moment for relaxation with our photo of the week and inspirational quote. This week's photo features sunny hills of small Mexican town called Taxco, famous for its silver mines. We would like to thank you for caring for our loved seniors. Remember senior caregivers are needed, please refer-a-friend to apply for part-time and full-time job positions on and visit our Caregiver Career Center for additional career tools. 


Caregiverlist Caregiver Stress Relief Photo Mountains

"Anger is a wind which blows out the lamp of the mind."

Robert G. Ingersoll

Caregiver Stress Relief Photo of the Week

Caregivers employed with senior care companies know the realities of caregiver stress. Caregiverlist invites all family caregivers and professional caregivers to take a moment for relaxation with our photo of the week and inspirational quote.  Thank you for caring for our seniors. Remember more caregivers are needed, please refer your friends to apply for part-time and full-time job positions on and visit our career center for additional career tools. 

"Goodness is the only investment that never fails."

-Henry David Thoreau

Caregivers Needed: Caregiver Jobs Continue to Grow Nationwide

Senior caregivers are needed, so much so that U.S. News & World Report outlines the need for immigration reform in order to provide enough professional senior caregivers, home health aides and nursing aides for the growing U.S. senior population.

Senior caregiving jobs continue to grow in all cities and towns nationwide as many seniors choose to age-in-place in their own home.  

Part-time, full-time and live-in positions are available - - remember, live-in caregivers do not actually move in to live with the senior but instead stay over-night at the senior's homes for 2 to 3 days in a row and then go back to their own home.  Live-in caregivers earn a full week's pay in a few days.

Part-time senior caregiver jobs often involve simply assisting a senior with meals and medication reminders and companionship.

Apply for a senior caregiver job in your area as no experience is required for beginning caregiver positions as senior care companies will provide you with training.

Caregiver training for basic professional senior caregiving skills can be found through the Professional Association of Caregivers 10-hour online training course.

Refer-a-Friend to a senior caregiver job position and be entered to win $50 and meet our previous Refer-a-Friend winners.

Caregivers enjoy the fulfillment they receive by assisting a senior to enjoy a day by knowing they have assistance for the activities they no longer can easily do on their own.  Caregiving just may be the most fulfiling job you will ever find, knowing you are appreciated by not only the senior you are helping, but their entire family and their friends.  As the need for more caregivers is needed, spread the word to others. You may learn more about employment as a professional senior caregiver on the Caregiverlist Career Center.

Caregiver Recruitment: Caregiverlist Employment Index Profiles 40% Growth

Senior care has become an industry!  This is not news to those of us who have been in the industry for the last decade but it is interesting to actually take a step back and look at the actual growth that has occurred, even during the recession. And as the number of seniors will only continue to grow and as technology will allow for more innovative care solutions, it is interesting to review the industry growth for those growing their careers in senior care.

Senior home care services have grown by more than 40% since 2008.  In addition to the franchise corporations, there are more than 1,000 independently owned senior home care agencies that have launched (entrepreneurs launching businesses on their own or corporations launching a private duty home care division).  Caregiverlist has more than 3,000 of these independently owned companies as subscribers.  Some are smaller than others but these are licensed senior home care agencies providing professional senior home care services.

Caregiverlist's Employment Index highlights the growth of the senior care industry which includes the growth in senior care jobs for certified caregivers.

Senior caregiving services are rarely provided by direct-hire caregivers.  This is because senior care is complicated - customized training is required along with benefits that meet national and state laws such as payroll taxes (a person caring for a senior should also be able to collect Social Security benefits, right? And have the protection of Worker's Compensation Insurance and Unemployment Insurance since eventually a senior will indeed pass away or get better and the caregiver will need to look for a new caregiving job position).

Licensed senior care companies follow all state and federal employment laws and also provide caregiver training which is now mandated in many states such as Illinois (8 hours of training must be provided for professional caregivers each year) and New Jersey which mandates Certified Home Health Aide (C.H.H.A.) training for all caregivers working with seniors in their homes.

Caregivers deserve to be treated well - senior care can be very difficult work as you are managing both the physical care needs and the emotional care needs of the senior.  Many times seniors are dealing with the deaths of their own friends and family members.

Professional senior care companies provide case managers and professional care plans.  One of the reasons senior care has been moving to the home is because seniors realize that one-on-one care delivers higher quality care and Medicare does not pay for long-term care.

Requests senior care services and rates from senior home care agencies (licensed) near you and research the costs of senior care in your area on Caregiverlist, created by experienced senior care professionals. Remember that Medicare only pays for short-term nursing home stays after a major hospitalization and very low-income seniors qualify for Medicaid and you can learn about the Medicaid qualifications in your state in Caregiverlist's By-state section.




Best Black Friday Deals 2012: Become a Senior Caregiver in Top Growth Career

Black Friday shoppers may be in need of a caregiver after battling the long lines, other shoppers and battling it out for a parking spot.  But this alone is not the reason more caregivers are needed now and more caregivers and nursing aides will continue to be needed in the U.S.A.


Seniors are living longer and there are more older American because the large Baby Boomer generation has entered into their golden years.  And, if you live to be 70-years-old, the odds are in your favor to live another 20 years.  However, you may need some assistance with your daily activities of living for some of those years.  This means anyone who has a caring personality should consider the benefits of becoming a senior caregiver and anyone needing part-time work may want to consider working in the senior care industry.  One huge benefit of working in senior care is receiving appreciation from those you care for along with appreciation from their family members.  Unlike some careers, constant feedback is delivered when you work in senior care.


Senior caregivers may work as a companion caregiver, a Certified Nursing Assistant (C.N.A.) and in some states, there is a designation for certified caregivers working in homes called a Certified Home Health Aide (New Jersey, Florida and California, to name a few).  In 1987, Congress established guidelines through the Ominbus Reconciliation Act (OBRA) to create standards for training and licensing for C.N.A.'s and requiring a minimum staffing level of C.N.A.'s in nursing homes and all long-term care facilities.


Caregivers may begin their careers as a part-time senior caregiver working for a senior home care agency.  This industry has continued to grow with more than 1,000 new senior home care agencies launching new locations in the last few years.  Professionally managed senior home care delivers many advantages over institutionalized care and provides the benefit of one-on-one care services (one dedicated caregiver assists the senior instead of a rotational staff of many caregivers and nursing aides provided in a care facility).


Anyone looking for part-time employment can consider working as a senior caregiver as most senior care companies provide training for companion care positions.

The large number of Americans aging is very real - take this online test to see how long you will live in this Life Expectancy calculator to see the reality that everyone is living longer.


High school graduates can research Certified Nursing Assistant programs at community colleges in their area (some provide tuition grants and some employers will pay for your C.N.A. school).

Retirees looking for fulfilling work and additional income may also consider becoming a senior caregiver.


Caregiverlist, the nation’s only professional senior caregiver career center, provides online tools for caregiving professionals.  You may submit a job application to join the Caregiverlist in your area and be hired by a professional senior care company.


Caregiverlist Career Center Tools Include:


Become a senior caregiver by submitting your job application on Caregiverlist and taking the 10-hour online caregiver certification training course.  You may purchase this course on Caregiverlist and receive a log-in and password to take the course at your own pace.  Upon passing at 80%, you will receive a Certificate to print out in your name which you may show your future employers.

Caregiverlist's Career Center provides a support community to not only access caregiver career tools but to also keep up on senior care industry news, ask a panel of senior care experts your questions and share your caregiving store - a perfect one-stop shop for anyone considering caregiving as a career.

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Background Check Laws in the U.S.A.

All senior caregivers employed as professional caregivers for senior care companies (senior home care agencies, assisted living communities, nursing homes) are required to pass a criminal background check upon hire.

What information is included in a criminal background check?

A federal law called the Fair Credit Reporting Act, or FCRA regulates the information which can be collected on a background check. 

What information does the FCRA allow to be collected in a background check?

  • Name match to Social Security Number
  • Address match to Name and Social Security Number
  • Criminal court records of arrests going back for 7 years

State laws will over-ride the FCRA.  Sometimes, for instance, a state will allow the background check to access criminal history beyond 7 years if the person will be working with children or the elderly.  Caregiverlist provides the state background check laws to allow you to find out if the state law will allow an employer to access additional information.

Although the law is called the Fair Credit Reporting Act and includes governing credit checks, usually senior care companies do not check credit records due to the additional expense and because caregivers and nursing aides will not work with financial records.  Credit check information, which includes showing bankruptcies and unpaid bills, will also only show a 7-year history, according to the guidelines of the FCRA.

You may purchase your own background check to review the information prior to applying for a job as a certified nursing aide, home health aide or senior caregiver.



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Senior Caregivers: Is Health Insurance a Standard Benefit? Surprisingly, It Usually Is Not

Starbuck's founder, Howard Schultz, was passionate about finding away to provide health insurance for all Starbuck's employees.  Each Starbucks coffee shop employees several people to take the drink orders, make the coffee and take the money.  These positions do not require high level skills but do pay more than minimum wage (the national minimum wage rate is $7.25).

The challenge in providing health insurance for workers, as a corporation, is technically 75% of your staff must participate in the group health insurance plan in order for a group plan to be offered. The employees must also be willing to chip in for the monthly premium.  This usually is no problem for higher income workers.  But a monthly premium of $50 hits harder for an employee being paid  $8 or $9 an hour and usually the premium is higher than $50 a month.

Senior care companies have the additional challenge of high employee turnover (even at nursing homes, the nursing aide turnover is often higher that at a fast-food restaurant due to the emotional and physical toll caregiving takes and the high number of patients each nursing aide must care for during a shift). 

Starbucks succeeded in providing health insurance for all employees working at least 20 hours per week, and much to the dismay of many shareholders, the company takes the hit for this cost.  Howard Schultz was passionate about this because as a child, his family suffered financial hardships because his father's jobs did not provide health insurance.  The family lived in public housing and he knew from experience that when your entire paycheck must pay for health problems, there is nothing left over.

In today's current health system, the burden for insurance is placed on companies and there is not a good alternative for individuals seeking their own individual health insurance or for those who are unemployed.  Unless you show up at the emergency room - and then the circle continues as hospitals and doctors eat these costs which are passed on in higher insurance costs and higher costs of services.

Professional caregivers should all be provided with health insurance benefits - - - there is such irony in being a caregiver yet not being cared for as an employee receiving health insurance - - - and even those who must quit their jobs to be a family caregiver should have access to affordable health insurance.  That is not the case now. 


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