See how you can become a non-medical independent caregiver for seniors
If you enjoy being with seniors, then learning how to become a private caregiver could be your next career adventure! Start a non-medical home care business with the help of wise caregiving.
Are you fulfilling your purpose and reaching your potential in your work life?
Where do you currently place your energy? If so, you could be doing more for yourself and your community, while making a good living at the same time. Imagine knowing that you are doing your part to help seniors by providing a better quality of life for them. How would your life change? Have you ever wondered when you see a senior with a caregiver in public how they got this job or how much they get paid? So many good questions to be asking!
A caregiver must possess a certain amount job-related skills, and need to be a person with a genuine desire to help seniors in order to operate a successful senior care business. Does this sound like something that fits with who you are and what you hope to accomplish?
The short answer is yes! The question is how much time you can put into your business? Determining you caregiver rate will be another factor. You will need to either offer a unique service to what your competitors are offering in your area, or take a business model that works and make it better. If you can put full time hours into your business you can earn 50K+ at a rate of 18-25$/hour
One main key factor is to remain who you are as an individual and remember that a senior will always be able to sense if you are being authentic from a mile away. Seniors are not interested in spending time with someone who is not fully present, and willing to be vulnerable themselves.
Having a senior care business has many financial benefits, flexibility, and freedom. What more could you want from a job in this world, so go ahead and take steps to learn how to become a private caregiver. Beyond the financial benefits, is learning greater patience, wisdom, and understanding. Senior clients teach you all about developing more profound and more meaningful relationships. What you pick up will often flow into your personal life outside work. You might catch yourself re-evaluating how you spend your time and choose how to make the most of it.
A caregiver is in a very privileged position and possesses the unique opportunity to hear the original detailed versions of a senior’s stories, life adventures and events. Seniors teach us so much about the past and how it has shaped our present.
Spend time with a senior who was at one time a school principal, a court judge, CEO, Doctor, stay at home mom of five, book publisher, war veteran, pilot, business owner, engineer, world traveler, factory worker, musician etc. Listen and prepare yourself for exciting, heartwarming stories that will completely move you. You get to hear and feel the regrets, defeats, but also the successes and accomplishments, as well as how they made decisions at tipping points in their life. You are privy to personal and intimate conversations that are special and to be cherished.
When you work in memory care, your pay tends to be higher due to a higher level of skill and experience required. What is stopping you from apprenticing with a caregiver who works in memory care. Use your free time if you can not afford the time or money to attend training. You may want to look at training down the road at night, but you can still start right away to become a private caregiver for seniors.
The sky’s the limit when it comes to helping seniors as a private caregiver. You can take it in any direction, and the opportunities will only continue to grow as the year’s progress. Seniors need you and all that you have to offer. What you don’t know and where to start is often the scariest part of any new adventure. Whatever is holding you back put it aside and give a private caregiver career a try. If it weighs on you and you aren’t sure, then volunteer at a local public seniors residence. You will never regret spending your time on this earth, serving the seniors in your community.
Working as a private caregiver will pose more responsibility for you, vs., working for a home care agency. Your caregiver rate is higher when paid privately. Pay starts above min. wage approximately $15/Hr. and can go as high as $40-/hour depending on your location, and experience. For more information on how to start a senior care business, you can download our digital guide.
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60+ Templates included with the ‘How to Start a Senior Care Business Guide’
Home Care Business Templates (WORD & EXCEL)
Home Care Service Information Sheet
Home Care Service Master Care Plan
Home Care Plan Review
Residence Information Sheet
Home Care Intake Form
Care Assessment Report-One Sheet Quick Overview
Care Assessment Report-Complete Assessment-Long Format
Senior Profile Sheet-Client Profile w/Photo
Senior Fall Risk Assessment Form-Detailed Format
Incident / Accident Report Form
Independent Caregiver Service and Fees Information Sheet
Home Care Agency Service and Fees Information Sheet
Proposal Letter-Home Care-For New Clients
Proposal Letter-Home Care-Organizations and Health Facilities
Home Care Service Quote
Caregiver Job Description Form
Caregiver Time Sheet Weekly
Home Care Service Agreement
Senior Housekeeping Chart
Senior Personal Care-Hygiene Chart
Senior care invoice-Each visit Detailed
Hire a Caregiver Checklist-Quick Guide
Caregiver Application Form
Pre-Interview Caregiver Questionnaire
Caregiver Interview Questionnaire
Caregiver Reference Check Questionnaire
Home Care Job Offer Letter
Home Care Job Acceptance Letter
Caregiver Employment Agreement-Long format
Caregiver Employment Contract-Short Format
Employee Letter of Recommendation
Caregiver Job Posting-Ad Template
Home Care Tax Statement
COVID-19 Senior Visit Screening Form-Visiting Senior
Senior Non-Medical Transport Agreement-Client Outings
Home Care Competitor Call Script
Home Care Bookkeeping Checklist
Senior Home Safety Checklist-Client Home Overview
Weekly Food Log – Meal Tracker
Community Services Contact List
Emergency Medical Information Sheet
Client Progress / Recovery Notes
Caregiving Daily Checklist (Caregiver Journal/Log of visit)
Employee Non-Compete Agreement
Proof of Income and Employment Letter
Final Employment Warning Letter
Termination of Employment Notice
Home Care Service Price Increase Letter
Care Directives-End of Life Wishes Form
Medical File Log (2 Sizes-Letter + A4)
Medication List (Letter+ A5)
Weekly Medication Tracker
Monthly Medication Tracker
Medical Contacts List
Vitamin Supplement List
Visitor Sign In & Out Sheet