Becoming a senior caregiver may sound simple but actually working as a caregiver requires many skills and the first step is to understand the senior caregiver job requirements.
What is required to work as a professional senior caregiver?
- Background Check: must pass a criminal background check
- U.S.A. Worker Status: must be legal to work in the U.S.A.
- Caregiver Training: minimum training must be completed
- High School Diploma or Equivalent
- 18-years-of-age or older
What is a senior caregiver exactly? The job description for a professional senior caregiver includes assisting with meal preparation, household tasks such as laundry, monitoring medications and engaging the senior in activities. This means caregiving also requires being a chef and a housekeeper and medical assistant and a little bit of a therapist.
Caregivers give assistant to seniors but are mindful to not cross the line and perform nursing or doctor duties. This is why, for instance, medications are only monitored. Certified Nursing Assistants or Aides are authorized to do more hands-on care and to monitor the senior's vital signs and complete C.N.A. training program at an authorized C.N.A. school in their state.
Caregiverlist.com provides a 10-hour online caregiver certification training, powered by aQuire training, and meeting the training standards established by the private-duty senior care industry in the state of Illinois and used as a standard in many other states (most states do not yet provide guidelines for senior caregiver training).
Professional senior caregivers provide non-medical care and companionship to those who need extra assitance or guidance with Activities of Daily Living because of memory loss or age-related illnesses.
Caregivers may be employed by senior home care agencies, nursing homes and assistant living facilities, and care for senior patients in their professional job role.
Caregiving jobs are available both full-time and part-time. Many seniors who retire early and are looking for part-time income may decide to work as a senior caregiver. Read stories about senior caregiving as a profession and apply for a senior caregiver job on Caregiverlist.com.