How to Become a Paid Caregiver

Caregiver Job Information

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Being a Caregiver is becoming second nature for couples in their 30s and 40s. Many households are now becoming multi-generational as couples are caring for their children and their aging parents. With the rising cost of daily living and healthcare, having mom or dad move in is the most logical option. Even if parents don’t move in, many couples are balancing the needs of their families with caring for their parents in their home.  This can be very rewarding but very stressful for those who work and have small children. With the demand for Home Caregivers  increasing , now is the time to consider a career as a Caregiver. Keep reading for all the answers to the top questions about becoming a Caregiver.

Where can a Caregiver Get a Job?

Caregivers are normally hired thru agencies or home care organizations. Go and search for available Caregiver Jobs.

What does a Caregiver Do?

There are many different types of caregivers but the job basically entails caring for the sick,elderly, disabled and injured. Caregivers can be hired privately or thru a person’s insurance (if it is covered.) A Caregiver is responsible to help their patient perform activities of daily living. These include showers, getting dressed, taking medication, changing dressings, grooming, feedings, etc. They also help patients get to doctor’s appointments, do routine errands, provide transportation and sometimes help around the house.

How much does a Caregiver Make?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a Home Caregiver’s Median Wage is $10.49/ hour. This can be less or more depending if you are working for a patient privately or with reimbursement from an insurance company. It also depends on how much training you have upon starting your job.

What education is required to be a Caregiver?

Minimum requirement of high school diploma. Many companies will train on the job in areas of patient safety, cooking for dietary restrictions, emergency response, and healthcare assistance. Some states do require certificates or degree programs from a vocational school, college,  elder care program or home health care agency. To work with patients receiving Medicare or Medicaid you must be certified. For more information you can check out these Federal and State Caregiving Policies.

What skills does a Caregiver need?

A Caregiver should display attention to detail, time management, general knowledge of daily living activities, high energy/stamina, and be able to relate and communicate with diverse groups of people.

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