Baby Boomers As Potential Caregivers For Elderly Seniors: Helping Hands
There is almost always a shortage of helping hands, when it comes to taking care of elderly seniors. Every single pair of helping hands is needed! Your own helping hands could meet a legitimate need somewhere.
Are you are a baby boomer, who is willing and able to become a caregiver for an elderly senior, but you do not know where or how to start? Many baby boomers are capable of becoming caregivers, even though they are semi-retired or unable to work at their previous jobs, for various reasons.
First of all, start by seeing yourself as a potential caregiver and then find an elderly senior, who you think may be in need of care.
For instance, perhaps you know a family member, neighbor or an acquaintance, who is an elderly senior. You are aware that he or she needs care and would probably benefit from your help. Take the time to get to know him or her and then offer your assistance, on a regular basis. If this does not work out as employment for you, you may still find that you have made a good friend. You will also have obtained some valuable experience, with regard to the care of elderly seniors.
Spend time doing research on the internet, with regard to caring for elderly seniors.
There are probably many things about care giving, that you are not aware of, if you have never had experience in caring for elderly seniors. It is a good idea to find out what is actually involved. For instance, find out what seniors need, expect and want from caregivers. Find out how these needs can and should be met. What you will probably find, is that what elderly seniors want most, is to have someone to love and someone who loves them.
Learn about the different kinds of problems that you might encounter, when attempting to care for elderly seniors.
Do research into safety issues or concerns, that may pertain to elderly seniors, individually and collectively. Find out what to expect from those who have health problems, of different kinds. Look into dietary management for elderly seniors. Doing research like this, will help you to decide, if being a caregiver for elderly seniors is a realistic occupation for you to pursue, at this time in your life.
Inquire about different agencies in your area, that may be looking for caregivers for elderly seniors.
Ask yourself if you would be willing and able to meet a potential client or patient, in need of care, if someone was to find an elderly senior for you to look after? There are numerous agencies that employ caregivers, on various levels. Some of them are looking for professional caregivers, like registered nurses, or they may prefer to hire non-professional caregivers and personal support workers. Some agencies may be interested in training caregivers. Still others are looking for people, who simply care about others and are willing to volunteer some time and effort, to assist with the care of elderly seniors.
Decide how much time you would be willing to work, as a caregiver for an elderly senior.
You may want to work full time, but that may not be possible, at this time in your life. Have a physical first and discuss your possible return to work, as a caregiver for elderly seniors, with your physician. He or she may be able to help you to decide how many hours a week, you could or should work. Remember that you may want to engage in other activities as well.
Consider taking a course on how to administer quality care to an elderly senior.
There are numerous courses at universities or colleges, that are available for potential caregiver. Contact them to obtain a calendar that lists their courses. Ask for course outlines, so that you know exactly what to expect. For instance, you may be able to take a course on foot care or massage therapy. Both of these would be of benefit to elderly seniors.
Find local community programs that focus on care giving for elderly seniors.
There are numerous community programs offered for different kinds of caregivers, so check your local newspapers. Watch for flyers that are related to care giving for seniors. For instance, you might consider becoming a regular driver, for patients in need of transportation for doctor’s appointments. Or maybe you could deliver meals to elderly seniors.
Contact local hospitals or agencies, regarding their current needs for caregivers for elderly seniors.
Most local hospitals and nursing homes, in every community, need more caregivers than they have, particularly at different times, during the day or in the evening. You may be able to assist with feeding patients in a local hospital or nursing home, at lunchtime or dinnertime. Patients always love to be taken for walks. Maybe there is an elderly senior, who does not have any family or friends. You might enjoy talking to him or her, for an hour or so a day.
Do you need income from employment?
Sometimes, care giving becomes a time-versus-money situation. Maybe you have lots of money, but not too much time on your hands, or vice versa. You may need some immediate income, because of forced layoff or early retirement. When you are seeking employment, determine how much actual income you need or want.
Find a program that will pay you to train.
There are many academic programs that will provide income, in the form of student loans. These programs can help to supplement your income, while you train to become a qualified caregiver for elderly seniors. You may be able to enroll in a program, where the income will be sufficient until you find actual employment. You may also obtain placement with a specific agency, while you are involved in a training programs. Obtaining certification as a caregiver could help you to obtain future employment. You might prefer to take courses pertaining to elderly seniors, purely on an interest level.
Offer to volunteer for organizations that do provide care for elderly seniors.
You could offer to volunteer for various organizations, if additional income is not your primary concern. Volunteering to work as a caregiver, in a hospital or nursing home setting, could prove to be a very rewarding experience. It may give you some contact with people, who can refer you for future employment. Volunteers often receive certificates for the work that they do.
Give high quality to care to a person in your own family or community.
Once you have found someone who is in need of care, in your own home or community, administering a high quality of care to them, at all times, will enable others to see that you are a truly caring caregiver. Baby boomers, who offer quality care to elderly seniors, will always be in demand.
Think seriously about what is really important to you, in terms of care giving.
How would you like to be cared for personally, if you were in need of care? Talk to elderly seniors and see what they think about their care and their current care givers. You may be surprised. Many elderly seniors often come to love their caring caregivers.
Be aware that baby boomers generally relate well to elderly seniors.
Baby boomers have the distinct advantage of being old enough to understand the concerns of the elderly seniors of today. They relate well to them, because they are the age of their own parents. Many of those in the younger generation will not be able to relate to them, in the same way. You might be someone who could just read or write letters for elderly seniors. Perhaps you could do other things for them as well, like assisting them with their personal shopping. Perhaps you could help them with their daily exercises. Maybe you could be able to take them on different kinds of outings, now and then.
Of course, there are different levels of care giving, all the way from professional care by registered nurses, to other levels of care. What interests you might depend upon your background and experience. There are numerous options for employment, even for those baby boomers unable to do heavy lifting. Sometimes, just sitting with elderly patients, is all that is needed.
Compile a resume as a caring caregiver.
Make a summary of all of the care giving experiences that you have acquired. Prepare your resume. Employment agencies will assist you in that regard. When you have your resume ready, begin to apply for specific jobs. You may be asked to e-mail your resume to potential employers, so make certain that you retain a copy of it on your computer.
Place applications for employment as a caregiver for elderly seniors, wherever you think you may be able to work. Specify the kind of work that you prefer. Take a copy of your resume with you, whenever you are called for job interviews.
Do not fret if you are rejected by any agencies, hospitals or organizations. Just keep on applying and you will find employment. Continue to expand your care giver horizon, by learning new skills. You might even be able to set up a self employment program to assist elderly seniors. This may provide future employment for others too.
As a baby boomer, consider all of your possible options and know that every extra pair of helping hands is important, when it comes to caring for elderly seniors.