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Caregiver Careers: Guarantee Job Security!

May 4, 2018 by Marc Jeffries

America is definitely getting older:

  • Over 40 million people are 65 and older, according to the 2010 census, and this age group grew faster than the U.S. population as a whole.
  • 87% of adults age 65 and over want to remain in their current homes and communities as they age.
  • 63% of adults age 65 and older need some kind of long-term care or assistance.

With the need for quality caregiving increasing as Baby Boomers age, the career options in this field are many and varied. If you're looking at a caregiver career, Comfort Keepers® of Flemington, NJ would love to meet you. The following are some aspects to consider:

 

What Qualities Define a Career Caregiver?

You are patient: As we age, we don't move, think or speak quite as fast as we once did. The career caregiver needs to adapt to the pace of the client. Patience is critical.

 

You are attentive: You don't miss the subtle clues that hint at larger issues: a loss of interest or appetite, unexplained bruises, leftover medicines. You engage your clients kindly and respectfully, and you're willing to listen. Listening is the key.

 

You are trustworthy: You treat your client like they are family. Your client needs to have complete trust in you.

 

You are dependable: You show up on time and have dependable means of transportation. If you are running late, you contact the office. You don't leave early without good reason. You always work your assigned schedule. Always.

 

You are compassionate: You understand the situation your clients face, and you empathize without pity or condescension. You cannot fake compassion.

 

Caregiver Careers: Is it Right for You?

The job offers both full-time steady employment and part-time flexibility: Working for Comfort Keepers® of Flemington, NJ provides steady employment; caregivers receive regular assignments and work a predictable schedule. A caregiving career provides both full-time and part-time work, and many caregivers appreciate the flexible, part-time aspect of the job. You can fit caregiving around your schedule.

 

The financial rewards: The pay scale varies depending on experience, certification and days worked. For example, a Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA) is regulated by the New Jersey Board of Nursing. Because they can perform certain duties that a companion caregiver cannot do, a CHHA is paid a higher wage than a companion caregiver. If you are interested in becoming a New Jersey Certified Home Health Aide, the 76 hour class is available at select locations throughout New Jersey. If you work weekends, you can expect to receive a higher wage than if you worked weekdays.

 

The numbers tell the story: The number of Americans currently age 65 and older will double in the next few decades and this population will become more racially and ethnically diverse. The need for caregivers of diverse ethnic backgrounds, with the ability to speak multiple languages, is key to serving this group. Talk about JOB SECURITY!

 

The aging in place choice: Many older people age in place because they have no close family. As young people move to larger cities for work or social interaction, older family members remain in the homes they know, in more rural and isolated areas. For many seniors, the professional caregiver is the only human contact they have on most days.

 

Where are Caregiver Jobs Near Me?

Comfort Keepers® of Flemington, NJ is seeking kind, caring, reliable and compassionate experienced caregivers for cases in Flemington and all of Hunterdon County, Warren County, Somerset County, and Sussex County. For more information, call  our employee hotline at 908-806-3768 or click here.

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