Compassionate caregivers make it possible for the elderly and disabled to live independently and maintain their style of living. Live-in caregivers help with shopping, laundry and many other tasks that become harder for some as their physical abilities diminish. Having someone around to cook and clean keeps more seniors in their own homes rather than in long-term care facilities. If you have a heart for people, a job as a caregiver may be just what you are looking for. In the state of Florida, caregivers and companions do not have to be licensed.
Search the want ads of your local newspaper. In the “Wanted” section of the paper many people post ads looking for live-in caregivers. A live-in caregiver usually makes a base salary plus room and board. Many seniors retiring in Florida seek live-in caregivers and companions so they do not have to be alone.
Check the Internet job boards under ”Domestic Help” or “Caregivers.” Apply for a live-in caregiver position advertised on websites that connect caregivers with people seeking caregivers. (See Resources.)
Apply for a care giving position with a home care agency such as Home Instead Senior Care. Florida has many good home health care agencies in Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville and many locations throughout the Florida area. All that is required to apply is an application and a desire to help the elderly.
Post your own ad in the newspaper under “Positions Wanted.” Create a short ad detailing your experience and include a contact number where you can be reached by potential clients.
There are many caregiver positions that do not require formal training or a license. In most cases, caring for an elderly parent or grandparent will count as experience, and everyone has some homemaking skills. These types of positions do not require you to have any medical knowledge or dispense medications or treatments. Caregiver duties include preparing meals, picking up prescriptions, grocery shopping, reminding a client to take medication, household cleaning and ensuring the safety of the client while in the home.
When contacted by a client, be sure to ask probing questions. You will want to know how many hours a week you will be expected to work, how many days off you will have, salary and compensation, and what type of services you will be providing. It is better to ask questions in the beginning to know whether the position is right for you.