In a nutshell, caregiving is anything you do that enhances the quality of life for seniors and helps keep them independent. Caregiving encompasses many responsibilities, and many caregivers don't even realize they are providing this service.
If you regularly provide emotional support for an elderly person, you could be considered a caregiver. If you're picking up prescriptions or taking a senior to a doctor's appointment, you're a caregiver. If you're helping an older adult around the house or paying the bills, you can add the caregiver title to your resume.
As a professional Home Instead CAREGiverSM, you have the opportunity to expand these skills into a rewarding, fulfilling profession that can significantly enhance the quality of a senior's life. Home Instead CAREGivers provide a variety of non-medical services that allow seniors to remain in their homes, including companionship and home helper services.
Companionship services are those that stimulate, encourage, and assist an individual. Primary responsibilities of companionship services include:
- Providing companionship and conversation
- Providing stabilization and assistance with walking
- Preparing meals and cleaning up meal-related items
- Providing medication and appointment reminders
Home helper services generally involve light housekeeping, errands, or incidental transportation. Primary responsibilities include:
- Performing light housekeeping tasks such as dusting, vacuuming, making beds, changing linens, cleaning bathrooms and kitchens, etc.
- Washing and ironing laundry
- Running errands
- Accompanying clients to appointments
Other responsibilities might be added to these lists, depending on your situation, but the most important and most rewarding aspect of a career in caregiving is the value you bring to a senior's life.
At the Home Instead Senior Care® network, we recognize the important role training and education play in preparing and supporting our CAREGivers.
Training and Support
From the moment you're hired, your local Home Instead Senior Care office will offer you a variety of initial and on-going training opportunities to help you enhance your caregiving skills.
Home Instead's industry-leading CARE Training programs equip each new employee with the skills they need to provide the best care for their clients. CARE, which stands for Changing Aging through Research and Education, forms the foundation for Home Instead's caregiving approach and these training programs have specifically been created to ensure our employees are well prepared to handle any caregiving situation. Training topics include:
- Communicating with seniors
- Planning activities
- Recognizing illnesses and depression
- Safety, etc.
In 2011, Home Instead also launched its new Alzheimer's and other dementias training program. This groundbreaking training program was developed with the help of Alzheimer's and dementia experts throughout the United States. Tanya Richmond, from the UNC Chapel Hill School of Social Work, said:
"This training is engaging and interactive and delivers the right information to the right audience at the right time. It's exciting and encouraging to know that Home Instead delivers quality services to the people they support while ensuring their workforce is ready and able to handle any challenges that arise in a respectful and personal way."
—Tanya Richmond, M.S.W., C.R.C.C., L.C.S.W.,
CARES UNC Chapel Hill School of Social Work
In addition to its CARE training, Home Instead offices offer regular CAREGiver meetings that allow you to share with and learn from other caregiving professionals. Plus, your office staff are available any time to help answer questions and provide support. And as a Home Instead CAREGiver, you will be bonded and insured.
"Our primary mission is to keep seniors independent for as long as possible, and that means making sure CAREGivers have the tools and training they need to provide older adults with the highest quality care," said Paul Hogan, Co-Founder and CEO of the Home Instead Senior Care network. "We offer resources and experiences that will benefit our employees in future endeavors they might choose."
What's in it for you?
- No experience or medical skills necessary
- Flexible scheduling - perfect for retirees
- Supplemental income
- Training provided
- Very rewarding
- A way to meet and interact with others outside your home
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