How do you become a professional senior caregiver?

Senior caregivers are needed to fill the need for senior care services as the senior care industry continues to grow. More than 200 senior home care agencies provide care services in the top 20 metropolitan cities in the U.S.A. Part-time and full-time job positions are available for caring individuals to be senior caregivers. 

Senior care services are regulated in each state, just like other businesses. Some states do require specific caregiver training and renewal training each year. This enables caregivers to keep up with caregiving skills and any new requirements that may have been established. For example, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act was passed in 1996 and now requires caregivers to keep any information about a senior client's medical records and personal health information private and training allows caregivers to understand what information can and cannot be shared.

How to become a professional senior caregiver to be hired by a senior care company:

  1. Read the Caregiver Job Description to Understand Companion Caregiving Job Duties
  2. Obtain a Professional Multi-State Background Check, to Check last 3 Counties of Residency
  3. Verify Background Check Accuracy of Information
  4. Organize Available Schedule to Work 
  5. Learn Caregiving Skills by Reading Books and Movies
  6. Consider Online Caregiver Training Courses (Training is Required in Illinois, California and Many other States)

Remember, senior caregiving involves caring for one individual senior when providing senior care services in the home. The senior will build an emotional relationship with the caregiver which is why it is very important for caregivers to commit to a consistent schedule and be reliable. Part-time caregivers are needed but just be sure you are organized with your schedule and provide only the days and times you are truly available to work.

Background checks have evolved with technology but the negative of the computerized results is that many are returning inaccurate information. Especially if you have a common name and have moved frequently, it is more likely you will have results returned that may not be accurate for your name and social security number and this is why you should run a background check on yourself each year. Each of the background check companies offer a process to follow to correct any inaccurate information. Be careful of where you buy your background check as some resellers only offer a social security number confirmation for a name, rather than pulling information from criminal courthouse records.

Take a practice caregiver training quiz to learn about caregiving skills. Online caregiver training allows you to become a certified caregiver in states with caregiver training requirements. After you become a certified caregiver, you may consider becoming a Certified Nursing Aide. C.N.A. training requirements are mandated by a federal law, but states may have additional requirements that require more C.N.A. training hours than the federal law. You can find C.N.A. schools in your area in the Caregiverlist C.N.A. School Directory.

Online caregiver training allows anyone to learn caregiving skills and take the course at their own pace. Find caregiver training requirements in your state or just take the basic caregiver training course to get started as this course meets the requirements for beginning caregivers in California, Illinois and more states. Senior care companies hire caregivers for part-time and full-time positions each week and you can be considered for a new caregiving job by submitting your job application on the industry's caregiving career center.

Family caregivers and professional caregivers can find how others navigate the caregiving journey and learn how to better deal with the aging process by watching these caregiving movies and reading these caregiving books.

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.


Professional Association of Caregivers Provides Tools for Senior Caregivers

Caregivers working for senior care companies sometimes find themselves suddenly looking for a new job because their senior client has passed away or their condition has improved and they no longer need caregiving services. It can be frustrating to need to start over again to share your experiences and skills with a new senior care company.

The Professional Association of Caregivers understands these challenges and helps to support the senior caregiver by providing basic training and certification to show the caregiver has passed the course, along with membership recognition through a lapel pin and t-shirt and showing an agreement to follow the code of ethics.

Senior caregiver jobs are plentiful and will only continue to increase as the number of seniors increases by 10,000 daily. There were only 3.1 million seniors age 65 or older back in 1900. Today, more than 40.3 million Americans are age 65 or older. Our new social demographics show that as families are having children at an older age (age 30 and above) and both women and men are able to enjoy fulfilling careers, more than 50% of the time seniors do not live in the same town as their children.

Become a professional senior caregiver and apply to a caregiving job to be hired for part-time and full-time jobs in senior care. Caregiving brings fulfillment beyond a paycheck and as more senior caregivers are needed, you may want to refer any friends who are looking for fulfilling work to become a professional caregiver. P.A.C. membership includes online caregiver training to learn basic caregiver skills such as how to communicate effectively, safe transfers, taking care plan notes, activities for seniors with memory loss, infection control, environmental safety, HIPAA privacy guidelines, elder abuse reporting an dmore.


 

Caregiver Pay Rates March 2015

The "Caregiverlist" caregivers submit their recent pay rate upon applying for professional jobs on Caregiverlist's Career Center.

March, 2015, survey results are in and the average caregiver pay rate continues to be $10 per hour.  Remember, all senior caregivers on Caregiverlist are professional caregivers employed with senior care companies paying all payroll taxes and benefits, as required by law.  Employers contribute from $2 to $4 per hour for a caregiver's payroll taxes in addition to providing training, care management and support for the caregiver and the families receiving senior care.

 

 

Caring for the Caregiver: Doughnuts Anyone?

 Senior caregivers must always take a moment to be sure they are taking care of themselves because senior caregiving brings many stressful components.  Even healthy seniors face emotional issues as they see their friends and loved ones pass away and confront the loss of physical capabilities as part of the aging process.  Caregiver employment remains a growing segment of the job market as family caregivers need to hire professional caregiving services in order to take a break and many seniors require professional senior home care services.

Doughnuts to the rescue!  Here in Chicago we have many new doughnut shops which seem to be popping up on every corner.  For just a few dollars, a caregiver can treat themselves to a smile and a taste of sweetness.  

And, for the more ambitious, or for those who don't have a cute doughnut shop around the corner, you can try making your own.  We found these yummy and healthy recipes at MyFamilyDish.com which include one for Mint-Mint Chocolate Donuts.......we Americans can spell it "donut", My Family Dish shares, while the British call it "doughnut".  Take a break from caregiving each day to care for yourself!

Enjoy!

 

Caregiver Recruitment Tools for Joining Largest Growing Industry

Senior caregivers will be one of the fastest growing industry sectors for employment in the coming decade.  Why?  Because America's seniors are living longer while needing care services for more of their senior years.  In addition, senior care services are moving to the home and with the new Affordable Care Act, there is a drive to reduce the need to be hospitalized over and over again for the same health issue.

While the new healthcare law has continued to be debated over and over again, one of the positive aspects of the law is what is called "accountability of care".  This portion of the law pretty much makes sense to everyone.  I mean, who wouldn't want to be not held accountable for their job.....which is probably another blog post.......but back to the topic which is being accountable. The new healthcare law says, "Hey Mr. Hospital, if you are going to discharge a patient from the hospital because you say they are well enough to go home, if they come back into the hospital in a few days or the next week, then maybe something is wrong with your patient care system, and, because of this, Medicare is no longer going to reimburse you at the higher hospital patient care rate."

This means hospitals must now be more accountable for their senior care, or, they won't be paid as much.  And the result is that the hospitals now actually care where you end up when you leave the hospital.  That is a good thing which also means more hospitals really want to be sure there are quality senior caregiving services in place when a senior goes home.

Caregiver recruitment now has become a priority by senior home care agencies to enable them to always have a quality caregiver to staff to the new senior clients they receive each day and week as the seniors are discharged from the hospital.

Professional senior caregivers must meet certain requirements such as:

  • Successfully Pass Criminal Background Check
  • Professional Caregiver Training Meeting State Requirements
  • Consistent to Work Track Record
  • Personal or Professional Senior Caregiving Experience
  • Interest in Fulfilling Employment Assisting Seniors

Online caregiver recruitment tools include producing a professional caregiver resume, obtaining a criminal background check and completing a basic caregiver training course for professional senior caregiving positions.  

Senior care employment includes working for the following senior care companies:

Assisted Living Communities

Senior Home Care Agencies

Home Health Agencies (Medicare/Medicaid Services)

Nursing Homes 

Part-time, full-time and "live-in" positions are available as some age-related illnesses such as Alzheimer's disease require around-the-clock care.  Live-in care does not mean that you actually move in and live with the client but instead is a term to refer to the position requiring full household management where the caregiver will spend the night with the senior and sleep at night.  Live-in caregivers go to the senior's home for a few days in a row and earn a full week's pay in just a few days.

Learn more about becoming a senior caregiver and apply to a professional senior care job in your area on Caregiverlist.  Senior care companies subscribe to Caregiverlist's recruitment platform to allow them to efficiently hire new caregivers each week in order to keep up with their staffing needs.

 

 

 

 

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. This week's photo features one of a kind sunset with clouds,  for caregivers and nurse aides to relax. Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for caring for our seniors and please refer your friends to apply for part-time and full-time job positions on Caregiverlist.com and visit our career center for additional career tools.

Caregiver Stress Relief Photo Sunset

"The only source of knowledge is experience." 

Albert Einstein

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. This week's photo features palm trees as a reminder for caregivers to take a moment to enjoy their sunny days. Thank you for caring for our seniors and please refer your friends to apply for part-time and full-time job positions on Caregiverlist.com and visit our career center for additional career tools.

Caregiver Stress Relief Photo Palm Trees

"Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning."

William A. Ward

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 Caregiverlist.com. 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.

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