Are you wondering if caregiving is the career for you? If you are reading this blog post, you have likely heard about HomeCourt Home Care, but maybe you don't know exactly what we do or what our caregivers do. Today I'm going to answer some of the top questions we get asked by those who are interested in working for us as a caregiver.
What qualifications do you need to be a caregiver? We don't require any certification or prior training. We are a non-medical agency, meaning you do not have to be a home health aide (HHA) or CNA to do this job. Non-medical care means you will not be administering any medications or doing any wound care. You will also not do any lifting. Our only requirement is that you have a caring heart for people and want to make a positive difference in someone's life. Our in-depth orientation will train you with what you need to know.
What are the hours a caregiver will work? This is up to you! If you are looking for a PRN job to fill up a few hours a week, we've got you! If you want a full, consistent schedule, we can do that! If you only want mornings, just let us know! One of the things that sets HomeCourt apart is how flexible and accommodating we are to your schedule! We want this to work for you and for you to love what you do! Part of our orientation process includes filling out an availability sheet that gives us a template of what days, times, and hours you are available to work. We do our best to create your ideal schedule!
How much do caregivers make? Our starting pay range for Personal Care Attendants is $11.50-$13.00/hour. Optional weekend shifts are eligible for a $2.00/hour incentive in addition to the base rate.
I've never done anything like this before. How will I know what to do? During our 2-hour long orientation, you will be given guidelines on what to do and what not to do, and tips for your first shift. You also get a booklet full of information and guidelines that you can take with you to your shifts to refer back to. Everyone in the office is always willing to answer any questions you may have. Remember, we are here for you! We always take into consideration your level of experience before placing you with a client. For example, if you are brand new to caregiving, we will not place you in a home that requires advanced care. As you gain more experience, we can place you with a wider range of clients that you are comfortable with.
What does a typical day look like as a caregiver? Every client is different, and each care plan is personalized for that client. Each home has a blue HomeCourt Home Care folder. In the folder is a care plan- a chart of the tasks we are contracted to help with. There is also a document called Caregiver notes, that basically goes into more detail about what the client's needs are and any other information you need to know. The last thing in the blue folder is a notebook, where you can document what you did that day so other caregivers and family members can look at what has been completed. Your main goal at each visit is to help your client live comfortably at home and be a bright spot in their day.
If this sounds like the career for you, call us today at 260-333-1114! We would love to meet you and have you join our team!