Employment Opportunities For Caregivers: Unemployment at 14% but not for Caregiving

October, 2009, the unemployment rate increased to 6.5% from 6.1%, the highest percent reported since 1994.  However, some sectors of the economy are still hiring, including health care.  As the population ages, career opportunities will continue in senior care.  Advancements in medical care and technology are allowing seniors to live longer, but often caregiving assistance is required to maintain the activities of daily living.

What positions are available in senior care?
Many seniors require part-time caregiving services while they are recovering from surgery, such as a hip replacement or when coping with an age-related illness, such as Parkinson's disease or Alzheimer's disease.  Companion Caregiver, Certified Nursing Aides, Certified Home Health Aides and Certified Personal Care Aides assist with caregiving services in senior's homes, in nursing homes, in assisted living communities and in hospitals.

What training is required?
Companion Caregivers usually only require in-house training provided by the employer.  Certified Nursing Aides, Certified Home Health Aides and Certified Personal Care Aides must attend a training program and pass the state exam to be officially certified.

How long does it take to become certified?
Most training programs are from 4 to 8 weeks long, depending upon if they are part-time or full-time.

How much do training programs cost?
Many times financial aid, grants and scholarships are available for nursing aide certification programs.  Sometimes an employer will provide reimbursement for the training.  Certified nursing aide and home health aide training programs usually cost from $400 to $2,500.

Learn more about becoming a senior caregiver by reading stories from other caregivers, finding a training program in your area, taking a sample nursing aide test or a practice test exam and reviewing caregiver training videos.  Apply for a job in your area to gain experience and begin your career.

Comments (4) -

  • Monika Marcela Lazo

    11/5/2009 6:30:07 PM | Reply

    I have 11 years experience as a caregiver companion, loved and treasured every one of those years.  Having shared the lives of some amazing Elders!  My growth as a human being during these past eleven years is because I have chosen this life path of being of service and making a differnce in the lifes of these wise individuals of our community that have so much to give. I am now available to assist my next client.  As a live in companion caring, and fun.  I am an excellent homemaker, well organize, love to cook nutritious meals, and baking, keeping a home and garden beautiful. I have a background in administration, that was my world in my younger years. Then, I run a Bed & Breakfast for nearly eight year, which led me to my present life as a personal assistant, homemaker, caregiver, companion.  I have traveled on my own, and with some my clients, for holiday, vacation, or to visit family and friends.

  • Divina Panela Ragunjan

    11/7/2009 5:35:40 PM | Reply

    i just want to ask if there's an agency where i can apply as a caregiver here...i'm presently here in canada and i want to work as a caregiver if given a chance...anyone i can get connected with...?thanks

  • Yvonne Nelsen

    11/16/2009 11:26:40 PM | Reply

    I have been the Primary caregiver for both my parent's for the last 4 year's.I lost my father 3 year's ago and my mother 1 month ago.I feel that I could help another family or families threw the process of being a good provider, at their special time.I have worked closely with the Hospice care team,learning just how to do everything,from feeding,bathing , blood pressure check's, sugar check's keeping a daily log on the care I have given and listening to the need's of the patient.I also learned to give shot's.I am the type to alway's do something to help.If there is anything please let me know..Thank You,
    Yvonne Nelsen

  • Sandra Arnold

    12/16/2009 3:22:20 PM | Reply

    I just want to find a company in the knoxville tn. area were I can get training and become certified,so I can start a carreer in this field.  Any suggestions I just need a chance.


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