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Start a caregiver career in 2022

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Create your own caregiver career serving our seniors independently or hire caregivers to work for your non-medical home care business

Start a caregiver career and add value and quality to seniors’ lives. It is a incredibly special position to be in as a caregiver to be privy to a senior’s final years of their life. Their is a huge demand for private additional non-medical support for seniors in long term care homes, and in private residences. Staff shortages in care facilities have left many seniors with less care than usual and families are looking for immediate assistance.

Around the world we see more government facilities, programs and tax breaks available to seniors in order to facilitate this population growth. Retirement community style buildings are going up at a fast rate. Some senior based “communities” offer meal plans, nursing assistance but they are not all created equal, and benefit from outside resourcing of homecare agencies or independent private caregivers on file to offer additional senior care support, or fill in when necessary.

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Depending on where you are located a caregiver can also be referred to as:

  • Personal Care Attendant (PCA)
  • Private caregiver
  • Independent caregiver
  • Carer
  • Companion
  • Home Care Provider (HCP) 
  • Home care aid (HCA)
  • In Home aid (HA)
  • Home health aid (HHA)
  • Home support worker (HSW)
  • Personal support worker (PSW)
  • Senior aid

In your location certification may be required to operate a non-medical senior care business. Make sure to search the rules and regulations online in your local area  regarding the matter, as well as any training courses that are required to take in class or online.  Typically a caregiver career working with seniors starts above minimum wage anywhere from 15$/hr to $40/hr depending on the demand in the local area of your business. 

Providing non-medical support for seniors is extremely rewarding, interesting, insightful, exciting, informative, and has limitless growth potential. A freelance caregiver career will enable you to work in homecare, and public/private senior care facilities or start a home care agency and hire other caregivers who are interested in pursuing a caregiver career.

(call or go online to find out the rules about private senior care certification in your area) 

A caregiver’s main purpose and function is to:

  • Promote and stimulate autonomy of senior
  • Accompany and assist senior on outings
  • Apply measures to promote quality comfort, sleep and rest
  • Provide moral support to senior
  • Provide assistance to senior with activities of daily living
  • Ensure prevention of infection and contamination
  • Ensure well-being and safety of senior

What types of services a caregiver can offer

Groceries         

Assistance getting to the grocery store or making an online order. Everyday chores such as grocery shopping can be overwhelming for seniors. A senior will tend to plan the whole day around a a simple trip to the grocery store. A caregiver can assist with this task and take all the stress out of what may seem like a complicated and draining event.

Errands 

Accompany senior to:
Grocery store
Retail stores
Pharmacy
Bank
Dry cleaners
Vet 

Appointments 

A caregiver can be your set of eyes and ears at an appointment, likewise he/she can request to record audio, or ask the medical professional to send you a summary of findings to you by email.

Doctors
Therapists
Optometrist
Dentist
Specialists
Hairdresser
Podiatrist
Beauty & Spa

Housekeeping 

For safety and the health of a senior it is imperative-especially now during COVID-19 to keep a seniors home, or room in a care facility clean, and free of the virus.

Wiping down all touched surfaces with alcohol 70%+
Mop Floors
Vacuum Floors / Sofa / Drapes
Clean and disinfect bathroom
Wipe down kitchen area
Dusting
Laundry
Ironing
Garbage/compost/recycling

Bathing & Grooming 

Assistance with:

In and out of bath
Washing
Shaving
Cut finger & toe nails
Cleaning teeth/dentures
Assistance with toilet/diapers
Brushing hair
Apply make-up
Apply moisturizer

Meal Prep 

Same day preparation or advanced preparation.

Serve breakfast, lunch, supper, or snack
Set up table for next meal
Cook and freeze 1-2 portion meals-label-reheat as needed
Purchase pre-made meals that can be frozen

Exercise with Senior 

Walking
Biking
Swimming
Bowling
Golf range
Gardening

Pet Care 

Daily walks
Changing litters
Replenishing food
Water
Grooming
Veterinary appointments

Senior outings  

A caregiver can accompany a senior to a variety of activities and events: (Certain activities are reduced due to COVID-19)

Dinning
Museums
Library
Movie
Theater
Ballet
Opera
Weddings
Funerals
Gala dinners
Festivals
Religious services
Scenic drive 

Private Independent Caregiving

You can now create a caregiver career that is more secure than ever before. Cover and protect yourself the same way home care agencies do which is to put everything in writing. It is important to ask the right questions, and to have all the information and agreements between you the caregiver and person in charge of senior care completed and signed before any mandate begins. If you need to make changes along the way, simply state a time frame where the contracts can be reviewed as care needs tend to change often in senior care.

When you both sign on the dotted line together it eliminates any chance of confusion between both parties. It is very important to know what the expectations and requirements of the job are. Those of you who are taking a serious look at starting or changing your career to become a professional senior care business owner or private caregiver, you can check out this digital guide ‘How to start a senior care business’. This guide will provide you with the knowledge  and tools that you need to get started.

Caregiver career requirements & skills:

  • Punctual-show up on time
  • Flexible with scheduling
  • Operate a communication device
  • Have a reliable car and valid driver’s license to transport client
    • Record must be clean
    • Driving record on hand
  • Speak, read, and write the language required by client
  • Adaptability to new situations and environments
  • Resourcefulness 
  • Creativity
  • Good listener
  • Calm under pressure
  • Good work ethic and drive
  • Proof of eligibility to work in location
  • Cooking and housekeeping
  • Personal hygiene assistance (Bathing, dressing and grooming assistance)
  • Assist with walking and transfers
  • Medication reminders
  • Companionship

Right now, is the best time in history to start your own senior care business. With the help from Danielle at Wise Caregiving you can now enter senior care with a sense of confidence, knowledge and preparedness. Take advantage of learning from someone who has extensive experience in this industry and will help you avoid costly mistakes and help protect you while you help protect our seniors.

Prepare to impress your new clients with these professional senior care business form templates. Customize these templates to your very own business. Show your clients, family members, curators, and trustees that you are a business owner that is responsible and accountable.

How to Start your own senior care business 

Guide and templates available!

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How to Start a Senior Care Business

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Non-Medical Home Care Business Templates

Prepare to impress your clients with these professional senior care business forms!

Home Care Business Templates (WORD & EXCEL DOCS)

📁 60+ Home Care Business Templates-Non Medical (EDITABLE)

Template Bundle (70 WORD & EXCEL DOCUMENTS)

✔️ Client Intake Form-Non-Medical Home Care Business

✔️ Independent Caregiver Service and Fees Information Sheet

✔️ Home Care Agency Service and Fees Information Sheet

✔️ Home Care Rates-All Services Offered (2 Options) **NEW!**

✔️ Caregiver Job Description Form

✔️ Home Care Service Quote

✔️ Home Care Service Agreement (Terms of Service)

✔️ Transportation Agreement-Client Outings (Non-Medical)

✔️ Employee Non-Compete Agreement

✔️ Plan of Care

✔️ Care Plan Review Template

✔️ Home Care Invoice-Each Visit Detailed

✔️ Visitor Sign In & Out Sheet

✔️ Senior Information Form-Client Profile w/Photo

✔️ Diet Profile Template

✔️ Personal Inventory Checklist (Home/Room in Care Facility)

✔️ Acute Care Assessment Report-One Sheet Quick Overview

✔️ Care Assessment Template (Detailed Care Requirements)

✔️ Home Safety Checklist-Home Overview

✔️ Fall Risk Assessment Form-Detailed Format

✔️ Residence Information Sheet (Quick Reference)

✔️ Proposal Letter-Home Care-For New Clients

✔️ Proposal Letter-Home Care-Organizations and Health Facilities

✔️ Competitor Call Script-Home Care Business

✔️ Caregiver Job Posting-Ad Template

✔️ Hire a Caregiver Checklist-Quick Guide

✔️ Caregiver Application Form Template

✔️ Pre-Interview Caregiver Questionnaire

✔️ Caregiver Interview Questionnaire

✔️ Caregiver Reference Check Questionnaire

✔️ Job Offer Letter-Home Care Employee

✔️ Job Acceptance Letter-Home Care Employee

✔️ Caregiver Employment Agreement-Long format

✔️ Caregiver Employment Contract-Short Format

✔️ Caregiver Profile Sheet (Quick Reference)

✔️ Time Sheet Weekly-Caregiver Employees

✔️ Caregiving Daily Checklist (Journal-Visit Log)

✔️ Housekeeping Chart/Checklist-Home Care

✔️ Personal Care Checklist-Home care

✔️ Toileting Chart (2 Layout Options)

✔️ Client Progress/Recovery Notes Template

✔️ Weekly Food Log-Meal & Hydration Tracker

✔️ Letter of Recommendation-Home Care Employee

✔️ COVID-19 Screening Form for Visitors

✔️ Proof of Income and Employment Letter

✔️ Final Employment Warning Letter-Caregiver

✔️ Termination of Employment Notice-Caregiver

✔️ Incident/Accident Report Form Template

✔️ Emergency Medical Information Template

✔️ Community Services Contact List (Routine Visits)

✔️ Care Directives-End of Life Wishes Form

✔️ Medical File Log-(2 Sizes-Letter + A4)

✔️ Medication List-(2 Sizes-Letter+ A5)

✔️ Weekly Medication Tracker

✔️ Monthly Medication Tracker

✔️ Medical Contacts List

✔️ Vitamin Supplement List

✔️ Service Price Increase Letter-Business Template

✔️ Home Care Tax Statement Template

✔️ Bookkeeping Checklist-Home Care Business

✔️ Activity Sheet Template-Monthly (3 Sizes)

✔️ Menu Template-Weekly (3 Sizes)

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