Many people offer assistance that can be considered caregiving. Neighbors, relatives, and friends may help with tasks when needed, such as mowing the lawn, dropping off a cooked meal, or offering a ride to a medical appointment. You can become a professional caregiver with this experience and the right training.

At Liberty Resources Home Choices, our team of caregivers provides a wide variety of services for seniors and people living with disabilities in the Philadelphia Metro area. Our goal is to assist them in living as independently as possible. Here, we talk about the training needed to be a professional caregiver, their duties and responsibilities, and the benefits of choosing this career.

What Training Is Required to Be a Caregiver?

Caregiving is a career choice that can be personally rewarding. It can also allow you to contribute to the health and well-being of your community. Most in-home caregivers have a high school diploma or equivalent, and many have pursued further education. Direct care workers employed through a home care agency that meets state regulations in Pennsylvania, such as Liberty Resources Home Choices, can become qualified through agency training and testing programs.

Some programs may provide additional caregiver training. This training may regard protocols for housekeeping tasks, cooking for special dietary needs, and safety techniques. They may also offer on-the-job training, as hands-on learning is the best way to understand how to provide respectful personal care that meets high standards for hygiene.

What Are the Duties and Responsibilities of Caregivers?

The specific duties of caregivers vary with each individual they assist. Liberty Resources Home Choices provides nonmedical in-home services that include assistance with many of the following tasks:

  • General mobility, including walking and getting into bed
  • Personal grooming, bathing, and dressing
  • Medication reminders
  • Toileting and incontinence care
  • Grocery shopping, meal preparation, and feeding
  • Errands and appointments
  • Light housekeeping, including laundry
  • Appropriate exercise and outdoor activities
  • Transportation for social events, recreational gatherings, and activities
  • Assisting with self-skill building, such as using public transportation, cooking, and housekeeping

Liberty Resources Home Choices caregivers provide companionship and help with the tasks of daily living for people with intellectual and physical disabilities, as well as senior citizens.

In general, jobs for in-home caregivers are projected to grow 22 percent through 2032. Experienced caregivers may choose to advance with career paths that include training as nurse assistants and nurses or managerial positions in the home care industry.

What Are the Benefits of a Caregiver Career?

Many benefits of a caregiver career involve personal satisfaction and giving of oneself. Liberty Resources Home Choices direct care workers can work full-time or part-time. Even more flexibility is available for caregivers undertaking hourly care or respite care. People already providing caregiving services for family members or others may consider working with Liberty Resources Home Choices. This is a way to continue providing services with the benefit of agency support, training, and pay.

Benefits of working with Liberty Resources Home Choices include:

  • Health insurance and life insurance
  • Continuing education opportunities
  • Wellness program access
  • Paid time off and paid overtime

Find a Fulfilling Caregiver Career at Liberty Resources Home Choices

One great way to start a career as a direct care worker is to get the training you need with an experienced, trusted home care agency. Liberty Resources Home Choices has an excellent reputation for caring for people with disabilities and seniors in the Philadelphia Metro area. Join us in our mission to help those who may not be able to help themselves by honoring their independence and ability to make their own choices. For more information about how to become a caregiver, contact us today.

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