There are few resources available on how to actually become a caregiver. In fact, we get emails on this topic weekly! Given our strange passion for all things small (ahem pockets!) and love for the passionate people choosing caregiving career paths, we chatted with top experts to bring you a few quick tips on how to be a caregiver.
Don’t forget about you – care for yourself first
Caring for yourself is one of the most important—and one of the most often
forgotten—things you can do as a caregiver, whether a professional caregiver or
taking care of someone in your family. If your needs are taken care of, the person
you care for will benefit, too.
Sharpen your pencil – consider caregiving training
Caregiver training provides essential information and education on how to be a caregiver – it’s a continual learning process. For a low-cost, caregiver training can be completed online in as little as 10 hours to teach you the basics. Any training, whether online or something more formal like certified nursing school, increase your marketability, industry knowledge and even your caregiver wages.
The more you know, the farther you’ll go – Know the employers in your area
Learn the senior employer in your area including senior home care agencies, nursing homes, and assisted living communities. When looking for caregiver jobs, consider home health agencies for perks and structure that can’t be found working directly for a client. A home health agency often offers health insurance, benefits and flexible scheduling – along with training and valuable information. When researching how to be a caregiver, consider the various types of employers to meet your needs.
Research your area – learn local caregiver requirements by state
If you’re interested in how to become a caregiver, it’s important to review the certification requirements in your specific state. For example, the process on how to become a caregiver in Texas may be different than in Pennsylvania. Caregiver requirements aren’t universal, so do your homework in your specific region – it will save you time.
Embace your career – learn from every experience
Whether caregiving for a senior, disabled, or even a child – take pride in your work and learn from the experiences of others. Consider documenting your experience and learnings along the way. You’ll be surprised at how far you’ve come when reflecting back a year from now. Being a caregiver is hard word and you should go easy on yourself. Don’t expect perfection — it’s normal to feel annoyed or frustrated at times. Focus on the good and never stop learning!