Caregivers for seniors has become an official profession and in the just the last ten years, an entire industry has developed to offer professionally managed in-home care services for seniors. Senior home care agencies provide a career in the senior services industry which delivers satisfaction beyond a paycheck. As most senior home care agencies hire five to ten senior caregivers each week, this can be a fulfilling part-time or full-time job position for anyone who exhibits a caring personality and has an interest in assisting seniors.
Caregiver employment opportunities are available in a wide variety of positions and with multiple types of companies. Senior home care agencies offer the advantage of allowing a caregiver to provide one-on-one care services. Assisted living communities, home hospice agencies, nursing homes, adult day care centers and supportive living communities also hire senior caregivers.
Senior home care agencies may be the best place for a new senior caregiver to begin employment. As licensed senior care companies, the senior care agency will offer caregiver training, such as the Caregiver Training University basic caregiver training and provided a care plan for the caregiver to follow. As seniors with memory loss often need some assistance, these companion care positions can be a great way to begin a career as a senior caregiver.
The main skills required are a caring personality, dependability and an appreciation for connecting with a senior. Duties typically include managing household tasks, meal preparation, assistance with bathing and personal care, laundry, monitoring medications and coaching physical exercises. Seniors with memory loss need guidance in managing their daily schedules and social interaction. Senior's requiring more hands-on care may require a Certified Nursing Aide to provide the caregiving.
What services do Senior Home Care Agencies offer?
- Meal Preparation
- Light Housekeeping
- Exercise coaching
- Assistance with scheduling appointments
- Assistance with personal care such as bathing and dressing
- Certified nursing aides may assist with catheter care, feeding tubes and hands-on care
What caregivng job positions are available?
- Part-time Caregiver
- Full-time Caregiver
- Live-in Caregiver
Live-in care means you will spend a few days at a time with the senior, while enjoying meals with the senior, taking some downtown each evening and sleeping in your own room at night. Senior home care agency office positions include a Scheduler to staff the client shifts, a Recruiter to interview and hire Caregivers, and Field Supervisors to introduce and train Caregivers.
What is the pay rate?
Pay rates vary in each part of the U.S.A., matching the cost of living. However, senior caregivers usually make much more than the current minimum wage of $7.25 and pay usually ranges from $8.00 to $14.00 per hour for hourly care and from $90.00 to $160.00 per day for live-in care. Payroll taxes, which include social security taxes for retirement benefits and unemployment insurance are included in the pay.
What are the benefits?
Each senior home care agency will offer their own benefits which may include annual bonuses and pay increases based on performance. In addition, many agencies provide monthly awards for perfect attendance or incentives for completing additional caregiver training. Full-time caregivers usually may opt-in for health, vision and dental insurance. Working for a senior home care agency usually offers the advantage of a part-time schedules and some flexible schedules to cover back-up staffing.
Caregiverlist explains the skills required and the interview process which include personal and professional reference checks, background checks (you may access requirements in each state), a skills check and a personal interview. You may visit Caregiverlist’s Career Center to submit a job application for a senior caregiving position in your area.