Here’s the official link to the Caregiver ShareIT homepage:
Hello, caregiver community! We’re stoked to announce our Caregiver SHAREIT contest and we’d like to enlist your insight. With thousands of Baby Boomers retiring and growing older each day, the caregiving job market is the second fastest growing profession in the nation. Further, even more caregivers enter caregiving by “need” instead of by “choice”, as family caregivers play a critical role in the lives of seniors without funds to support professional caregiving.
In the official Caregiver SHAREIT press release, the Founder announced this contest as a way for caregivers to share their advice for caregivers just getting started in the field. We encourage you to share one little tidbit of information via – Twitter, YouTube, or a Blog – that you wished you would have known when starting out.
Here are the contest rules:
- Tweet your tip to @myCNAjobs.com and include the hashtag #myCNAjobsContest
- Write a blog post, linking to www.myCNAjobs.com and e-mail info(at)myCNAjobs.com with the URL once it’s live
- Submit a video on YouTube, including “myCNAjobs.com Caregiver ShareIT Contest” in the title
- Submit a comment on the official ShareIT blog post
Everyone is recognized and will be promoted through our social channels. Some entrants will win one of many (at least 5) $25 Visa Gift Cards for the entries that makes us laugh the hardest, cry the hardest, and most importantly, touch the lives and influence the life of a fellow caregiver.
Final entries will be consolidated and posted online at the “Caregiver ShareIT” homepage by October 31, 2012.
So, what do you say, caregivers? Can you help a newbie learn the ropes?
Congratulations on landing that CNA job interview! Before your interview, make sure you’re fully prepared—you printed copies of your resume, you have the contact information for your references and directions to the interview, and your outfit is ready for the big day. What you wear to your caregiver or CNA job interview might be an afterthought, but it’s important to put a little thought into your appearance. And be sure to download our CNA Interview Guide. Here are the dos and don’ts of interview style:
DO: Always err on the side of overdressing than underdressing. A suit jacket with a pair of dress slacks or a skirt is a classic option for your caregiver or CNA job interview. If you don’t have a suit jacket or blazer, no problem. Wear a collared shirt or a nice cardigan and blouse. Make sure your outfit is clean and ironed.
DON’T: Don’t wear anything overly flashy or skin-barring. If there is any doubt with the outfit, something else.
Makeup and Jewelry
DO: Wear modest makeup and jewelry. Keep it simple.
DON’T: Avoid wearing the same makeup you wear out on a Saturday night to the club. Likewise, large hoops and lots of jewelry could get in the way where you are working your caregiver jobs, so don’t wear it to the interview.
Miscellaneous (but important!) Items
DO: Wear a smile! Employers are eager to see a positive attitude, so show it!
DON’T: Avoid showing tattoos. Many seniors come from a time when tattoos weren’t common, so be respectful of the clientele and hide your skin art.
What do you wear to a CNA job interview? Please share with us and fellow caregivers!
Caregiver responsibilities can vary when working with a patient who has Alzheimer’s disease. This condition presents a new set of challenges in a caregiver job, which can be difficult and rewarding at the same time.
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Among the varied caregiver duties, one task is more fun than others: planning engaging activities with your senior client. It’s important for seniors to stay active—mentally, physically and socially—so engaging in a variety of activities can keep him or her sharp.
Physical activity is key for keeping seniors active and healthy. Even just performing the daily caregiver duties with your client can help keep them physical. Of course, the specific physical activities you both do depend on the personal physical level of your client (wheelchair-bound vs. self-sufficiently mobile), but grocery shopping and walking the dog can provide ample physical activity. Be realistic with your client’s physical capabilities; start small to avoid overexertion. Some clients may enjoy swimming and gardening, while a short walk around the park might be sufficient for others.
Exercise that mind
Maintaining a sharp mind is just as important as staying physical. Rather than plopping your client in front of the TV, mental leisure exercises, like Sudoku or crossword puzzles, can exercise their critical thinking skills. Shows like Jeopardy or Wheel of Fortune can get brain juice flowing, but don’t just rely on TV. As part of your caregiver duties, include a variety of daily cognitive activities to keep your client active.
Keeping your client social is important for the mood and emotional health. As seniors get older, friends and family members inevitably pass on, which can be depressing. Senior clubs and organized classes like aerobics or crafts are great outlets for socializing. If your client has computer access, introduce him or her to Skype to keep in touch with loved ones who live far away.
In addition to daily caregiver duties, it’s important to help your client stay physically, mentally and emotionally healthy. By engaging in a variety of activities, seniors can stay happy and healthy!
What activities do you do with your client? Please share!
Whether just examining homecare jobs or you’re in the process of applying for homecare jobs, writing a caregiver cover letter is a great way to show an employer why you want this job and why you are qualified for the position. Plus, many applicants don’t write a caregiver cover letter, so this simple little task will set you apart from the competition instantly!
1. State why you want to work as a caregiver
This is the most important part of your caregiver cover letter. Be sure to tell the employer why you want to work as a caregiver and why you want to work at their senior home care agency. Hiring managers look for caregivers, like you, who have a big heart and are passionate about helping others.
2. Don’t just regurgitate your caregiver resume
This is a common pitfall when writing a caregiver cover letter. Rather than restating your resume, use your cover letter to fill in the gaps of your resume. It’s ok to review your past experience, but include a short story or example from a past caregiver job that illustrates why you are the right applicant for the job. If you don’t have any caregiver training, consider taking a caregiver training program – courses are available in just a few hours online each week and they are very low cost.
3. Proofread and spellcheck
This is key! With the spellcheck tool, you don’t need to be a spelling bee champ to avoid typos. As for checking grammar and reviewing the overall flow of your caregiver cover letter, have a trusted friend or family member read over it. Don’t hesitate to ask for help; a fresh eye can catch errors that you might have missed. A well written, professional cover letter can give you a leg up in getting hired, but one with typos and errors can hurt your chances of landing that homecare job.
Have questions about writing a caregiver cover letter? Let us know! We’re here to help!
A live-in caregiver salary is structured a bit differently than hourly caregiver pay. Since live-in caregiver jobs operate around the clock, these employees are compensated at a set rate per day. Here’s some info on a live-in caregiver salary:
- The average live-in caregiver salary is $160 to $250 per day. Live-in caregivers work around the clock (but are guaranteed ample sleeping time), so it’s often difficult to measure work by the hour. In these arrangements, salaried caregiver pay benefits both the employee and client.
- During workdays, food is often provided by the client. This might not be considered take-home pay, but it contributes to personal savings. Having food provided eliminates the need to eat out or go grocery shopping for yourself during workdays. Consider this benefit an add on to the live-in caregiver salary.
- This arrangement benefits the caregiver and the senior client. Paying a live-in caregiver salary often equates to what a family or client would pay for an assisted living community and the client is still receiving one-on-one care.
Have more questions about how a live-in caregiver salary works? Check out our comprehensive caregiver and CNA pay guide.
Let’s get back to basics and answer this not-so-simple question: What is a caregiver? For those who identify as a caregiver, the word means something a little different to everyone. So what is a caregiver?
As the word implies, a caregiver is one who gives care to those in need. Caregiver duties consist of multiple jobs rolled up into one; a caregiver is a chef, chauffer, personal shopping, a housekeeper, a confidant, a friend, a family member and much more. A caregiver could be a parent, another family member, a trusted friend or an employee.
When people ask us at myCNAjobs.com “What is a caregiver?” we don’t always have a straightforward answer, since caregiver jobs take on so many different roles. But since myCNAjobs.com serves professional caregivers, let’s talk about what this type of caregiver does.
What is a caregiver: Professional caregiver overview
Professional caregivers provide non-medical care and companionship to those who are unable to tend to themselves fully. Most caregivers work for senior home care agencies, nursing homes and assistant living facilities, and care for senior patients. Caregiver jobs don’t require any higher education or vocational school, although caregiver training is useful and can help advance one’s career. These jobs can be physically and emotionally demanding, but it is some of the most rewarding work.
So in your words, what is a caregiver? We would love to know your thoughts!
Among the various home care jobs, there are two popular routes of employment: private caregiver jobs and jobs at senior home care agencies. Let’s take a look at the options for employment:
Private Caregiver Jobs
Private caregiver jobs are when the client or the family of the client hires the caregiver directly. When family members or a close friend is hired to care for a patient, they are often hired as a private caregiver. This situation offers flexibility and allows skilled caregivers to tend to people very dear to them, but it can be complicated without a third party involved. It’s easy to be taken advantage of—finances and caregiver pay can get tricky to negotiate and it can be difficult to arrange paid time off.
Senior Home Care Agency Jobs
Senior home care agencies place qualified caregivers with homecare jobs. These agencies work as a third party between the senior client and the employee. Many caregivers enjoy working through a senior home care agency compared to private caregiver jobs, since agencies offer more structure and benefits than private employers. Plus, with myCNAjobs.com, caregivers can search for local jobs at reputable, pre-screened home care agencies online and trust that they are well respected business.
Tell us about your experience with private caregiver jobs or with an agency. Comment below!
Congratulations on earning your CNA certificate! You may be asking, “Now what?” Well, now that you have the skills and experience, it’s time to find those CNA or caregiver jobs that you trained for. Here are a few tips for putting your CNA certificate to work:
Apply for multiple homecare jobs—at once!
Applications can be time consuming, so don’t waste time applying for single caregiver jobs. At myCNAjobs.com you can apply for multiple CNA, homecare and caregiver jobs at once with a single application. By registering with a job board (it’s free—win!), employers can search for your application online.
Consider working at a senior home care agency
A senior home care agency is a great place to put your CNA certificate to work! Senior home care agencies can place you with a client based on your specific client, such as patients with Alzheimer’s. Unlike private positions, these agencies offer structure, competitive caregiver pay, flexible hours and benefits for their CNA and caregiver jobs.
Embrace your future as a CNA!
For CNA and caregiver jobs, the future is so bright, you gotta wear shades! The outlook for CNA jobs is more than promising; it’s estimated that CNA and caregiver jobs will increase by 20% within the next 10 years, which is much faster than average. With a high demand for these jobs, a CNA certificate is highly desirable.
Do you have a CNA certificate? Tell us about your experience!
Attending CNA school is an important step for those looking to advance their caregiving careers. The advanced certification can lead to increased marketability, more responsibility on the job and hire CNA pay. But before you buy your books and don the scrubs, you have to find a CNA school that is the right fit. Here are a few things to look for before committing to a CNA school:
Consider the logistics
First, consider the basic logistics, such as location, time and cost commitments, when choosing a CNA school. Here are a few questions to ask yourself and ask a CNA school before enrolling:
- Are you willing to travel to another town?
- Are you looking for a full-time or part-time CNA school? Day or evening classes?
- What kind of time are you willing to invest? Some courses take as little as three weeks, while others can take up to 12 weeks.
- Is financial aid available?
- Think about what fits your schedule and your lifestyle when choosing a CNA school.
Experience and CNA job training are No. 1 priority
The main reason you’re attending CNA school is to obtain valuable experience and job training that will land you a position post-graduation. Seek out a school that provides educational opportunities in line with your goals. Your education is an investment in your future, so you want to ensure you get the most bang for your buck.
Explore career services
As mentioned, the primary reason for attending school is to obtain a CNA job. Check out what type of career services the CNA school provides and how they can assist you in the job search. Also, CNA school is a great time to foster relationships with instructors and supervisors who can provide references and recommendations for future CNA jobs.
Are you considering CNA school? Or, if you already completed school, tell us about your experience!