New to Caregiving? Learn How to Get Started

    If you've decided to pursue a path as a caregiver, it's important to know there are several ways to arrive at your goal. You may have considered starting as a volunteer for a neighbor or family member, or you may have finished caring for someone in the family and decided this would be something you'd enjoy doing as a job. However you've arrived, there are several different skill levels of caregivers, some of which requiring training or certifications.

    Are You Ready to Be a Caregiver?

    As you explore the potential of becoming a professional caregiver you'll want to take a few steps to ensure you're following the right path for you. First, it's important to consider what motivates you to care for others? Do you have the interest and personal traits, such as patience and compassion, that will make you successful?

    Next, talk with others who are caregivers to learn about the time, investment and education needed for the career you want. This also gives you a good idea of the reality of caring for someone on a day to day basis. Sit down with one of our professional recruiters to discuss your options and whether a degree or certification is necessary for the type of care you'd like to give and investigate the salary potential as this may vary by location and degree.

    Non-medical caregivers often do not require certification but may receive on the job training from the agency. It involves companionship for the client and providing personal care, such as feeding, dressing, medication reminders, transportation assistance, and social support. A non-medical caregiver may also be classified as a "companion" by the IRS, focused on providing company for the client and light housekeeping duties. A skilled caregiver may take blood pressure readings, put on compression stockings and give partial bed baths. This often requires training, and in some states, certifications.

    What's the Next Step to Becoming a Caregiver?

    Identify if you have the job skills to become a caregiver, such as attention to detail and interpersonal skills. Some of your clients will suffer from pain or be sensitive to their current medical conditions that require the need for a caregiver. Your ability to compassionate with your client will increase your level of success in your job.

    Caregivers also require stamina and physical strength as you may be asked to help lift your client from the tub, do errands in the community with your client, help push wheelchairs and do light housekeeping duties. These activities require you to have strength and stamina to make it through an eight-hour shift. In addition, you'll need time management skills as you may be called upon to manage your client's schedule, make meals, take medications on time and get your client to their appointments.

    Are You Ready to Explore Your Options?

    At Harmony, we are excited to help you step out into a new career or help you to further develop your professional goals. We offer our caregivers the opportunity to grow personally and professionally while supporting the steps they take to achieve their goals. Call Harmony today to enjoy a better tomorrow.



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