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.