May 14, 2018 by Clark Bongaardt
Senior Care Careers: Is In-Home Caregiving the Right Path for You?
The home health aide and personal care aide field is one of the fastest growing employment sectors. With a projected growth of 40% between 2016 to 2026, employment for these fields is growing faster than average for all other occupations. The forecasted growth is attributed to the aging Baby Boomer generation. As the Baby Boomers age, the need for elderly care and services increases, creating a need for caregivers. In considering a career as a caregiver, it is important to understand the types of job duties, work environments, the education/training involved and the best qualities to possess.
A caregiver's duties depend upon the needs of the client. Most caregivers assist clients with daily tasks, such as cleaning, helping clients dress, and assisting with meal preparation. Caregivers play an important role in a client's ability to remain in their own home.
Most caregivers work with clients in the client's private home. Some may visit several clients in one day while others may work with one client, all day. Many transport clients to appointments or help them with errands. Caregivers are a lifeline for elderly clients who no longer drive. By taking them to the grocery store and events, interactive caregivers help the elderly remain socially active.
Education and Training
A high school diploma or equivalent is usually the standard requirement for a caregiver career. Safety training is often provided by the employer and many vocational colleges offer certification courses. Given the personal nature of being a caregiver, there are certain qualities a candidate must possess when considering this career path. These qualities include:
Being a caregiver is a highly rewarding job. Realizing that you made someone's day a little bit easier is a great feeling. Clients have a variety of issues and needs so each experience teaches you something new. With the caregiver field being one of the fastest growing segments of employment, now is a good time to evaluate your career path.
If you enjoy making people smile and consider yourself compassionate and trustworthy, then being a caregiver is a great choice. To learn more about a caregiver career, you can contact the team at Comfort Keepers today via online contact form or by phoning 610-543-6300.