How to Become an Elder Care Provider

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An Elder Care Provider, also called an In-Home Non-medical Caregiver, assists seniors to perform "activities of every day living" (ADLs) such as cleaning, bill-paying, dressing, bathing, cooking, shopping, laundry, & providing medication reminders. The one-on-one companionship provided by the Elder Care Provider makes this senior service assistant an important resource for coordinating the wide choice of services needed by the elderly population that seeks to stay at home. They are & a family's point person for timely identifying an elder's need for crisis management.

1. Find out about state laws that may apply to providing this service. The state may need a license, certification, or insurance to provide senior services. For example, if transporation will be provided additional insurance will likely be necessary.

2. Read about the elder care industry. Reading will boost your confidence in speaking with others about your services & also it will offer you information on what to anticipate as a provider. You can even hop on to for for additionai nformation.

3. Talk with other Elder Care Providers in your community. There may be an association or there may be listings obtainable through local senior service agencies. Dont be afraid to call & ask questions. These contacts may also lead to sources of referrals from other providers who are unable to take on further clients.

4. Draft a contract that includes pay rates & frequency of payments, as well as the services provided & the times of availability. Later disputes regarding the terms of engagement will be mitigated if clearly provided for in writing & signed by the parties. Unless the senior has a conservator or guardian, this contract ought to be signed by the senior being provided the service & not a member of the relatives.

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