Companionship, light housekeeping, meal preparation, personal care, medication reminders, errands, and respite are only few ways home caregivers help people stay independent in their own homes. Home care is a service-based profession that requires adequate training, attention to detail, good communication and interpersonal skills, and a large dose of empathy.
Many home caregivers love the work they do! Yes, of course difficult situations can arise — home caregivers are working with seniors, people with disabilities, and people recovering from injury or illness, after all. Yet for the most part, home caregiving is a meaningful and often joyful way to earn a living while making a significant, positive difference in society.
10 Best Things About Being a Home Caregiver
There are many wonderful aspects to a home caregiving vocation. Below are ten of the numerous benefits to being a home caregiver.
1. You get to choose the people you work with.
If you are working for a reputable home care agency, you will only be paired with clients who are a good fit for you. With many agencies and clients to choose from, you are in control of your work environment. An agency like Alegre Home Care wants to ensure positive client-caregiver relationships, so you will also have support if anything with your work environment changes.
2. Flexible hours.
There are many different shifts needed for home care services. If you prefer working night shifts, there are most likely clients available who need care during those hours. If you prefer working daytime hours, there will be clients in need of services during those times as well. You can also often choose whether to work full time or part time, and whether you want to work weekends or during the week.
3. You make a positive contribution to society.
Home caregiving is meaningful, rewarding work. Home caregivers make it possible for people to remain independent and receive care from the comfort of their own homes. This often results in decreased loneliness and increased happiness for people receiving home care services. So you can rest easy at the end of the day, knowing that your work is helping to make the world a better place.
4. You fine tune your people skills.
Home caregiving is innately personal. You are working one-on-one with people who are in vulnerable positions. Home caregivers also often interact with the friends, family members, and medical professionals of their clients. All of this is an opportunity to exercise your people skills and learn to excel at communication and qualities such as empathy and compassion — all of which can be applied to other areas of your life.
5. Home caregiving provides educational opportunities.
It’s a myth that home care is just a form of domestic work. Providing sufficient home care services requires training in areas like dementia, epilepsy, first aid and CPR, and a whole host of other important subjects. This educational training keeps your mind sharp and allows you to explore all sorts of interesting subjects within the medical field.
6. Exercise is built into the job.
Home caregivers are often on their feet, running errands, helping with house keeping and yard work, and joining their clients in exercise regimes. Home caregivers certainly are not sitting idle at a desk all day, that’s for sure! While it isn’t a substitute for an actual exercise regime, this type of work helps keeps you active and fit.
7. Staying connected to your community.
Many home caregivers live and work within their own neighborhood. This cuts down on commute times and allows you to make a difference within your own community. If you work with clients who are able to have outings, you get to interact with your community during your working hours. Even making a positive difference in the life of just one person in your community can cause ripples that affect everyone else.
8. It's creative.
Home caregiving requires you to be creative and think outside the box. Activities with clients can include making crafts, creating works of art, playing music, and dancing. All of these activities foster creativity and keeps both clients and home caregivers young at heart.
9. Home caregiving fosters gratitude.
Mindfulness and gratitude have both been linked to decreasing stress and improving a person's overall well-being. Many home caregivers find that working with clients who are nearing the end of their life journeys or who are recovering from injury or illness is a reminder to be grateful for the little things in life.
10. You get to spend time outdoors.
Typically, home care services involve at least some outdoor time. Whether this in in the form of accompanying clients on walks or outings, assisting with gardening, or simply sitting in the yard enjoying a sunny day, there are numerous opportunities to spend time outdoors while performing home care services. All that fresh air is good for your clients.... and it's good for you, too!
Are You Interested in Becoming a Home Caregiver?
We’re hiring! At Alegre Home Care you get to work with a great team of folks that will match your skills to the needs of the clients we serve. With eight locations in Northern California, there are many options to live and work in your neighborhood. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you are interested in applying. Our clients are looking for someone just like you!