(MP) Thanks to advance medical care and increasing life expectancy, many more Americans are growing older. There are about 37 million senior citizens living in the United States who are over age 65, but as the population ages, there is also a growing concern for the health and safety of our elderly. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the leading cause of injury and death among the elderly. One in three adults aged 65 and older fall every year. Our elderly need our help!
So, are you interested in performing services that may be of assistance to older adults! Helping senior citizens is one way to feel gratified and make money too. You can work as a personal assistant (PA) who specializes in helping the elderly with all kind of errands. You’ll act sought of like an elderly concierge business who offers a variety of services to your clients.
What Personal Assistants to Senior Citizens do?
PAs’ assist their client with shopping, travel arrangements, and home organization tasks. If there’s paperwork to be done, they do it. PA’s help with recreational activities; Arrange for vehicle maintenance and repairs, home services, transportation, cleaning, maintenance and lawn care. You’ll run errands, make deliveries, plan and arrange social activities. Remember, the sky is the limit on services you may provide for senior citizens. Don’t limit yourself and you’ll find more jobs because word or mouth is crucial in this business.
Salary $10 to $25 per hour
If you get a job through companies like Senior Helpers (a company that helps seniors), you’ll attend training sessions, and get paid while your learn. You can also take classes for free through organizations like Family Caregiver Alliance. FCA is first a public voice for caregivers, and going through them will give you a heads up on your PA counterparts. Also, recommended is the ”
Where to get a job?
When your ready to work apply to companies like Homestead.com or SeniorHelpers.com. Also, search for “senior caregivers” on Craigslist or Indeed or post your profile on Carelinx.com, a site that matches PA’s with those seeking care. Remember, you’ll want to have a clean driving record because the job may require accompanying seniors to appointments and such.
Many seniors are resistant to help because they’re afraid of losing their independence. As one gets older you fear the loss of mobility, sight, hearing, even death… And studies from around the world, including the UK, USA, and Canada all show the same primal fear: loss of independence. So knowing how to approach them during this state is key. Elderly care information shows there are ways you can prepare your client to be dependent and independent. Studies show that both physical exercise and mental stimulation is helpful. The physical exercise doesn’t have to be rigorous; it can be movement in a gentle way – why not check out some of easy exercises for your elderly clients.
Finally, caring for some senior citizens can be demanding; it takes lots of patience and tolerance. As a Personal Assistant for the elderly you may have to do much in a day or week. But, then you still have to manage your family and own problems. Stop and give yourself a break, every once in a while… Success in this job comes for those whom understand the importance of taking the time to regroup by nurturing their own bodies and soothing their spirits.