Job seekers can find immediate openings in most parts of the country as companions for retirees. No medical training is required, although most applicants must have a driver’s license and their own transportation.
“Right now there is a crisis for caregivers. The demand is so high. We all need it, ”said Elaine Poker-Yount, director of care management for the Visiting Angels franchise in Mesa, Arizona. “It’s not just us. There is a strong demand for all caregiver positions.
Visiting Angels has over 600 franchises in 50 states that employ caregivers who help seniors with transportation, easy meal preparation, light housekeeping, other activities of daily living and most of all, being a friend.
Some Visiting Angels franchises as well as many other elder care program employers across the country also hire home health aides or orderlies. They tend to help with extra chores such as brushing teeth, bathing, and grooming.
These caregiver jobs are in demand
Home care assistants
Typically, these assistants require a high school diploma or equivalent and must complete formal training and pass an exam. This career often doesn’t require you to have your own transportation, while being a journeyman usually requires driving.
Home helpers earned a median annual salary of $ 27,080, or about $ 13 an hour in 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. He expects the overall employment of these caregiving jobs to increase by 33% over the next eight years as baby boomers age.
BizInsure, a marketplace for business insurance, reports that many home help training programs only last two weeks. Training programs cost between $ 200 and $ 1,000. Because there is such a shortage of people to fill caregiver positions, some employers will pay new hires to get their caregiver certification.
Most community colleges offer training and exam preparation for these caregiver jobs.
Check out these online home help training programs from Ashworth College, Penn Foster, and We Care Online.
The course and exam focus more on personal care knowledge than medical education.
Many job seekers who are not ready for bath and toilet assistance already have skills that can be put to good use as a full-time or part-time companion.
“We are looking for someone with empathy, not sympathy. Someone who can walk in someone else’s shoes and see the world from their perspective, ”said Poker-Yount. “We’re looking for that piece of respect, that they really want to make a difference in someone’s life.”
Search here to see if Visiting Angels is filling caregiver positions in your zip code.
Since each Visiting Angels franchise has a different owner, there is no set salary scale. Many offer a competitive wage of two dollars or more an hour above the state minimum wage. Employees with more experience can be paid more than that, Poker-Yount said. Some offer benefits. You can work full time as a journeyman or as little as a four hour shift per week in most cases.
Each state’s licensing or association requirements for caregiver jobs are different, although it is not uncommon for journeymen to undergo criminal background checks and provide references. Some programs also require CPR training.
Who generally works as a caregiver?
Some caregivers are medical students or working to become a physiotherapist, but many are caring people with no specific academic or medical training who wish to work part-time or full-time.
Poker-Yount does not require applicants for employment to have previously worked with older people in a professional setting. She is looking for employees who have cared for a family member at some point in their life for six months or more.
“Someone who has taken care of a little sister with Down’s syndrome, or someone with intellectual development difficulties or who has taken care of a spouse makes a wonderful companion,” she said. “We have found that providing family care is the best experience for providing comprehensive care. “
Poker-Yount is certified to train companions in the care of clients with dementia.
“Not everyone is comfortable providing care in a world of dementia, whether it is because they have lived there or because they have not had any experience and that intimidates them” , she said. “When the caregiver has little or no experience with dementia and sees a client (who has dementia), they grow up with them. They become phenomenal. These are small steps along the way.
Employers ensure that the caregiver is comfortable with the older person and that the client and caregiver are well-matched and that it is a good work environment.
Katherine Snow Smith is a writer for The Penny Hoarder.
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