Home caregiving includes support services that allow a person to live safely in their home. In-home caregiving services can help someone who is aging and needs assistance to live independently; is managing chronic health issues; is recovering from a medical setback; or has special needs or disabilities.
Choose Your Owner Hours – Many caregivers enjoy making their own hours and designating a schedule that works best for them. Some home care workers prefer part-time, some full-time.
Home caregivers experience a wide variety of clients with complex needs. There is no “one size fits all” situation. Caregivers have the ability to adapt to different lifestyles, backgrounds, races, and disabilities. Diversity of tasks keeps caregivers stimulated and can make the job more fulfilling.
Full time employment is typically calculated on a 40-hour work week. Caregiving shift vary considerably based on the evolving needs of the client. Full time employees are eligible for benefits provided by the home health agency. Some home health agencies offer benefits such as health insurance, continuing education credits and 401K retirement plans for employees who work 30+ hours. Benefits and qualifications vary and should be confirmed in your employment contract.
Part-time employment is typically calculated at less than 30 hours per week and generally does not include benefits paid by the employer.
Live-in care is perfect for people with full-time needs who are seeking round-the-clock care from the comfort of their own home. Both the person receiving care and their loved ones can really benefit from this type of care. Not only does the person receiving care get to enjoy the companionship associated with full-time care, but family and friends can rest easy knowing their loved one is receiving the full attention of an experienced care professional. Shifts can be full time, week on and week off or a variety of options.
Overnight care is a type of caregiving shift and can be fulfilled by both part-time and full time caregivers. Everyone’s care requirements are different, which means, for some, there may be an overlap in the types of care required. Overnight care can be very complementary to a daily or part-time care plan. Waking up throughout the night can cause some people to become disoriented. In addition to providing other types of personal care, like visiting the toilet, having an overnight caregiver can help minimize the risk of falls or accidents throughout the night.