Fulfilling Employment: Senior Caregiving

Senior caregiving offers fulfillment beyond a paycheck, as you are able to become a needed companion and make a positive difference in a senior's day.  By providing one-on-one care for a senior, caregivers are able to provide emotional support, along with assistance with "activities of daily living", also called "ADL's" in the senior care industry.

Senior caregiving positions are available part-time and full-time, as seniors often need only part-time care when recovering from a major surgery or when they are just beginning to develop dementia or another age-related disease.

What training is required to become a senior caregiver?

  • Companion Caregivers only need compassion, personal experience and to complete training provided by a Senior Home Care Agency
  • Certified Nursing Aides must complete a C.N.A. training course and pass their state exam
  • Certified Home Health Aides also must complete a training course and pass a state exam in state's which offer this

Positions are available in nursing homes, assisted living communities, hospices and senior home care agencies.  In addition, many hospitals hire companion caregivers for "sitter" services as they do not have enough nursing aides to assist with one-on-one care.

You may enhance your skills by taking practice nursing aide exams, reading senior care training briefs and viewing caregiver training videos.  Benefits are usually available for caregivers who work full-time. You may also learn more by talking with other caregivers or reading caregiver stories.

 

 

 

Comments (4) -

  • Tanya Love

    10/26/2009 9:31:37 PM | Reply

    I am trying to look for a job with your company.

  • Lynda Cokeley

    10/27/2009 11:22:20 PM | Reply

    I am looking for a fulltime job helping with the elderly.  I have experience in relating to the elderly and alot of compassion for them.  I enjoy coordinating activities for them and decorating and getting them involved in it all, I feel the more you get them involved the better off they would be.

  • Susan

    11/1/2009 4:12:54 PM | Reply

    Please click on CAREGIVING JOBS in the top Nav Bar to visit our Career Center and submit your job application.

  • Brandy Lewis

    11/11/2009 6:41:13 PM | Reply

    I a caregiver that enjoys working with the elderly as well as disabled adults and children.My experiance ranges from working with clients with MD,MS, ADHD,Mental Retardation as well as autism.I have over 10yrs of experiance in the healthcare field.

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