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​​​​Senior Care Careers

Every single day, families in Minneapolis are struggling to cope. Many are raising children, working demanding jobs, and trying to care for a senior family member. Advances in medicine and healthier lifestyles help seniors live longer and continue to lead more productive lives. But the numbers also tell another story. More and more children need to help care for their elderly parents. Women, especially, are caught between balancing the care of their parents with piano lessons and Little League for the kids, a full-time job, church, community, and volunteer activities. These family caregivers eventually run out of hours in the day; the stress becomes too great and the balance is broken. That's where you come in.

As a dedicated CAREGiverSM, you can help these Minnesota families restore balance, order and peace to their lives and help their loved ones remain at home.

Caring for seniors is a labor of love that requires a special person with just the right touch. That's why, when you provide care with the Home Instead Senior Care® network, you become a CAREGiver with a capital "CARE."

Becoming a paid caregiver is a unique job with many joys and rewards, as well as responsibilities and challenges, both physical and emotional. As a Home Instead CAREGiver, you'll meet wonderful seniors, build fulfilling relationships, and make a difference in the lives of your clients.

 

What's in it for you?

  • No experience or medical skills necessary
  • Flexible scheduling - perfect for retirees
  • Training provided
  • Supplemental income
  • Very rewarding
  • A way to meet and interact with others outside your home​

Responsibilities

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.

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."

To apply for Home Instead Senior Care employment, click here.

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