As the Baby Boomer generation ages, there is a greater need for Elderly Care Workers. Maybe you’ve had a mother or father that needed help while living at home and they want to stay in their house as long as possible. I and my siblings have gone through this ourselves. If you have, then you know and understand the need there is for good, ethical elderly care workers. Many of the elderly just need someone to take them shopping or out for a bite to eat and some conversation. Others need help with cleaning and cooking and still, others need help with personal hygiene. Caring for the elderly takes the special touch of a loving and patient person.
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics in its report “Projections of occupational employment, 2016–26” lists Home Health Aides and Personal Care Aides as the number three and four fastest growing occupations through 2026. The number one and two jobs are projected to be Solar Panel Installers and Wind Turbine Technicians. I think you can count me out on the number one and opportunities as a senior looking to make some supplemental income.
There are no educational requirements to become an elderly care worker, but if you want to work through a local caregiver service, they will prefer candidates to have at least a high school diploma and may ask you to take a certificate training course. On the job training is typical. I also recommend that you take Basic First Aid and CPR classes from The American Red Cross. You will also have to pass a background check to be hired by an employer in this field. The median salary for elderly care workers in 2015 was about $21,000.
Caregiver duties and responsibilities may include:
- Assisting with personal care: bathing and grooming, dressing, toileting, and exercise
- Food preparation: preparing meals
- Housekeeping services: shopping, housekeeping, laundry, and other errands
- Basic health care: overseeing medication and prescriptions usage, appointment reminders and administering medicine
- Mobility assistance: help with getting in and out of a wheelchair, car or shower
- Personal supervision: providing constant companionship and general supervision
- Transportation: driving to and from activities, running errands, and help to get in and out of a wheelchair-accessible vehicle
- Emotional support: being a stable companion and supporter in all matters personal, health-related and emotional
- Respite care services: providing other caregivers a break
- Home organization: help with organizing, packing or cleaning for a trip, or general house care and cleaning
- Health monitoring: following a care plan and noticing any changes in the individual’s health, recording and reporting any differences
If you are a kind, loving, patient and caring person who is highly responsible and you want to make a difference in the life of an elderly person, this could be a good choice for you.
Following are some of the in-home elderly care providers that may be in your area. I supply these links only to help you with contact information if you are interested in working for a business such as these and I’m not making any recommendations.
Visiting Angels https://www.visitingangels.com/
Right at Home https://www.rightathome.net/
Home Instead https://www.homeinstead.com/
Comfort Keepers http://www.comfortkeepers.com/