Caregiving Jobs: A Career Path

Caregivers are a special breed. The work is hard, the hours are long, and the pay is usually minimum wage. The job is demanding and can be underappreciated. However, no one questions that the job of the caregiver is vital and the industry is growing at an exponential rate. The need for quality caregivers grows every day.

In-home caregivers directly affect the well being of others like few other professions. The bond between a senior and caregiver is akin to a familial relationship. This relationship is a growing trend as our population ages and the elderly look more to aging at home as opposed to a nursing home.

Many senior caregivers come to the profession by way of family caregiving. Some start their caregiving career as home companions, Personal Care Aides and  and Home Care Aides. The best way to get started on a professional caregiving career path is to work with a quality Senior Home Care Agency;  great agencies will provide additional training, support and benefits.

A lot of caregivers move on to become Home Health Aides and Certified Nursing Aides (CNAs) and work with Home Health Agencies. Certification requirements vary from state to state, but the federal government requires 75 hours of training, as well as a competency evaluation.

Some elder care workers go on to open their own Home Care Agency, as Caregiverlist’s own CEO Julie Northcutt did. There are choices to make: will you open a medical or non-medical homecare agency? Does it make sense to purchase an existing franchise or start an agency of your own? Of course, you will need to file for licenses and permits with your state’s governing agency. Many can send you a packet of information on how to get the process started. Of course, if you want to become a quality Senior Home Care Agency, Caregiverlist provides a very specific checklist outlining standards for safety and consistency in care.

Our recent Senior Caregiver Pay blog post received a lot of comments, most of them decrying the state of wages caregivers receive. We hear you. Rest assured that we are committed to caregiver advocacy and are hard at work developing affordable online caregiver training and certification that you can take at your own pace to make you a more attractive employment candidate to Home Care Agencies. Hopefully, Caregiverlist Certification will broaden your skill set and enable you to command a higher hourly rate.

The senior citizen population is on the rise and caregiving as a profession, need and concern is not going away anytime soon. Finding and properly compensating quality in-home caregivers is finally getting the national attention it deserves.  

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