Job DescriptionCaregiver companions provide basic care to individuals who cannot care for themselves. Most often this involves helping children or the elderly, but caregivers can work with people of all ages. Services may be required for long-term care or for short-term recovery. Taking vital signs and assisting with medication are part of the caregiver’s responsibilities. The duties of a caregiver companion are many, and vary based on the needs of the individual being cared for. They include assistance getting to the restroom, bathing, dressing and cooking. The companionship portion of the job is as important as the physical assistance. Often the elderly look forward to caregiver visits as a time of social interaction, and in some cases, a time to get out of the house. Although the level of housekeeping varies from client to client, some housekeeping, like dusting, vacuuming, cleaning bathrooms and kitchen areas are usually part of the job. Caregivers are often an important link between the family members and the medical team of the client. Caregiver companions work in various settings, like a client’s home, a residential intellectual and developmental disability facility, or retirement and assisted living for the elderly.
Education & Training RequirementsMost caregivers have a high school diploma. Training is usually conducted on the job by seasoned staff or nurses and includes how to cook for special dietary needs, safety precautions and proper emergency response. Some states require more formal training, and certification is always required if the agency receives payments from Medicare or Medicaid. Salary Range Wages for caregivers are generally paid hourly, with the mean currently at $10.01 per hour. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, caregiver jobs are expected to grow 69% – a much faster rate of growth than most jobs, but in line with the large numbers of aging baby boomers. As you prepare your resume, be sure to include any elder care classes you may have already taken. Also appropriate for this industry is your personal experience with an elderly grandparent, other relative or a neighbor that you assisted in some way. The sample resume below will get you started and help you remember the times you provided companionship to an elderly or ailing individual just because it was the right thing to do.
Lanny Lewis 1 Main Street New Cityland, CA 91010 Cell: (555) 322-7337 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Summary Compassionate Caregiver Companion with experience serving chronically ill patients, including assisting with daily living activities and household tasks. Patient and highly energetic. Skilled at managing schedules and keeping clients as active as possible. Highlights Care plan adherence Safety-conscious Scheduling Housekeeping Meal preparation Companionship and games Light physical activity encouragement Errands and appointments Friendly and outgoing Resourceful Experience March 2010 to Current Advantage Healthcare New Cityland, CA Caregiver Companion Engage clients with gentle activities including taking walks, working puzzles, and reading. Complete errands such as grocery shopping on client’s behalf. Manage client schedules and accompany to doctor’s visits or other appointments. Provide companionship clients need for emotional wellbeing. Maintain safe, clean, and healthy environments for all clients. September 2006 to February 2010 Brownstone Health Services New Cityland, CA Caregiver Companion Performed housekeeping tasks including changing bedding and doing laundry. Kept bathrooms and kitchens clean, neat, and organized. Arranged client medications on an easy-to-follow schedule and laid out to be taken. Picked up items around the living space to keep it free of safety hazards. Reported environmental issues to supervisor. October 2003 to August 2006 Diamond Home Healthcare New Cityland, CA Caregiver Companion Assisted clients with daily living activities including housekeeping. Cooked meals and kept kitchen areas clean. Dusted, cleaned bathrooms, vacuumed, and laundered clothing and linens. Followed care plan, company regulations, and safety practices at all times. Listened to clients, provided companionship, and engaged each in light activities. Professional Courses and Certifications , Coursework in Anatomy, Physiology, and Health Assessments CPR Certification, 2003-Present First Aid Certification, 2003-Present