Becoming a Caregiver by Choice
There are two types of caregivers: one that chooses to become a professional caregiver and one who is forced to become a caregiver. You may be wondering about the first type of caregiver. You’ve seen the ad for in-home care agencies that are hiring and have their own program to train future caregivers. Maybe you are thinking about a career in nursing, but not sure if you can handle taking care of a stranger, who may have a myriad of health problems or is disabled. A great way to find out if you are cut out to take care of another person is to become a professional caregiver. Providing in-home care allows you to work on your rapport with a client as well as hone your skills at grooming, scheduling, administering medication …etc. Many CNAs (Certified Nursing Assistants) are in-home caregivers while they are in nursing school. Also, many LPNs, Home Care Aides, Home Health Non-Medical Caregivers work for in-home care agencies and private clients. For the second type of caregiver, this is usually a family member who has been chosen to care for an elderly parent or loved one. They must learn to see their loved one in a new light and to perform tasks they never thought they would ever do (e.g. dressing). However, the caregiver may develop a skill for caregiving and want to explore this a new career.
Caregivers Have Rewarding Jobs
What exactly is a caregiver? A caregiver is someone who has been trained, either by a home health agency or a technical school, to help a client who is disabled or an elderly person perform daily living activities, such as grooming, bathing and eating. This person is passionate about helping others and has a positive attitude, even when the client is depressed and/or belligerent. The caregiver knows this is not the “real” client; the client is acting out due to the pain of the illness or from the embarrassment of needing help to go to the bathroom.
The caregiver also does other tasks, such as running errands, picking up prescriptions, making meals, providing transportation to appointments and performing light housework. The caregiver likes to see a job well done and strives to take care of the client as if he or she was a family member. However, being able to take a stand to a client is also a requirement. The client can use his situation to manipulate the caregiver into doing something that is prohibited, such as smoking a cigar, eating junk food or leaving the client alone for a certain amount of time. The caregiver must be experienced enough to know when this is happening and to put a stop to it.
Being a home care provider also allows for a flexible schedule, in that you can work hourly, 24/7, weekends and/or holidays. You can even be a live-in caregiver, where you are given room and board. This is a great opportunity to explore the country! There is also the opportunity to develop a wonderful relationship with the client and the client’s family. The other rewards include knowing that you are providing a safe and clean home for the client, finding joy in watching a client learn a new task, and building self-esteem in the client as well as giving them the dignity they deserve.
The First Step to Caregiving
If you are interested in becoming a caregiver, the first step is to search for a technical program that offers non-medical home care training. You should also schedule “information” interviews with home care agencies to learn what being a caregiver is truly about. You can also get firsthand knowledge of the pay scale and other benefits (e.g. bonus pay and 401K).
If you are interested in finding a live-in caregiver for yourself or a loved one, please contact us today at (877) 698-9394.