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Why You Should Become a Caregiver This Year!

By Patti Soisson

Personal care and home health aides assist people with daily living activities. It could be senior adults, individuals with chronic illnesses or those with disabilities. In-home care allows a person to be more independent in a place where they’re more comfortable. Although being a caregiver can be stressful, it’s also quite rewarding. The Dalai Lama said, “our prime purpose in this life is to help others.” When your job is to help people, you can go home after work and feel accomplished.

 

As a caregiver with Home Helpers, you might help someone cook a meal or do light housekeeping. Some of our caregivers are companions and perform personal care needs for individuals. You might run errands or take a person somewhere. Our clients may only need an hour of help each day, but they might also need 24/7 care.

 

Job Outlook for Caregivers

The healthcare industry is booming, but what does the market for caregivers look like? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the overall employment is expected to grow by 40 percent from 2016 to 2026. Senior care is especially growing. Seniors want to stay in their own home. Today’s personal care aides aren’t only working in nursing homes, but in private homes, assisting families in taking care of adult members who need help.

 

Home health and personal care aides typically need a high school diploma or GED. Special training can often be obtained at community colleges or vocational schools, but many places offer in-house training. Some states may require certification or competency evaluations. Although the median pay for home health aides doesn’t sound like a lot, $22,600 is much more than that the standard federal minimum wage. Many aides can work part-time, making it the perfect job for someone trying to take college classes or who has children at home themselves.

 

10 Reasons to Choose Caregiving as a Career

 

  1. Making a difference in someone’s life
  2. Helping someone smile
  3. Giving back to families who are tired
  4. Caring for someone
  5. Feeling needed
  6. Feeling accomplished
  7. Building new skills
  8. Learning empathy
  9. Building character
  10. Increasing your confidence

 

Personal care aides with Home Helpers of Bucks County enjoy flexible schedules, either full-time or part-time. The pay is competitive with great benefits beyond a paycheck. You’ll get continuing education and professional development to stay relevant on the job and in the industry. We provide services for seniors, new moms, people recovering from an illness and those who need long-term care for special challenges. Learn more about becoming a caregiver with Home Helpers when you contact us to join our team.