Whether new to the industry or a seasoned pro, home care can be an exciting and fulfilling career when you’re part of a winning team. On the other hand, with over 35,000 home care providers out there, finding the right agency for you isn’t always easy. As an in-home caregiver seeking “greener pastures,” factors like job satisfaction, a healthy work-life balance, and the potential for personal growth should be priorities. Evaluating these home care agency characteristics will help ensure a more rewarding decision as your job search plays out.
If you are currently pursuing a degree or have a family, job flexibility is an important consideration. Look for an employer that allows you to set your hours and schedule. Whether you’re a CNA, LPN, RN, therapist, or something else, you’ll enjoy a healthier work-life balance by working for a company that offers its employees flexible scheduling options.
Like everyone else, you have bills to pay. Does the home care company offer consistent hours on a regular basis? Given that assignments may vary, be sure the agency has plenty of opportunities to work and that maintaining a set number of hours every week won’t be an issue.
If you place a high value on workplace diversity and inclusion, you’ll want to choose a home care company with a culture that aligns with your own beliefs. Working with like-minded people in a family environment that encourages the open sharing of ideas will keep you motivated even on days when nothing else seems to be going right.
Another way to gauge whether your decision is sound is by learning what others say about the agency in their own words. Discover all you can about the agency’s reputation by speaking to current and past employees, reading online client reviews, and checking out any awards or certifications they have received within the past few years.
According to Payscale.com, the average hourly pay for an in-home caregiver in the U.S. is $13.00. Based on variables like experience, geographic location, and employer demand, caregiver salaries range from $10.00 to $18.00 per hour.
As a trained healthcare professional, you’ll want to be well-compensated for your efforts. Look for an employer that offers you the ability to make a good income upfront, along with the potential to increase your earning power through education, training, additional work responsibilities, and performance bonuses.
Does the agency provide employees with personal development and growth opportunities, including education and certification courses? Look for an employer with staff training programs that will enable you to expand your skills and advance in your career.
For instance, the company might offer staff education programs on topics like how to safely transfer larger clients or effectively communicate with those living with dementia or Alzheimer’s. A more recent example would be learning about COVID-19 safety protocols that caregivers need to follow while assisting clients in the home.
Why Work for Senior1Care?
When you choose to work for Senior1Care, you’ll be given the opportunity to be part of a winning team where hard work is valued, and personal growth and development are encouraged. We offer competitive pay, ongoing staff training, and a diverse and inclusive company culture.
Our flexible employee scheduling options include full-time, part-time, daytime, evening, hourly, and even live-in caregiving positions. Over the years, we’ve earned a stellar reputation for caregiving excellence from our employees, clients, and their families. What are you waiting for? Elevate your career to a whole new level by joining the Senior1Care family today!
Calling All Caregivers in Indianapolis, IN
If you live in the Indianapolis, IN, area, Senior1Care is now seeking qualified candidates to join our growing team. Senior1Care is a well-respected, professional, and fun company to work for – one that also operates with unequaled honesty and integrity. Our philosophy is to hire the very best caregivers in the market and then allow them to shine while providing our clients with an exceptional experience that exceeds their expectations.
As a local, family-owned, and operated agency, most of our caregivers are CNAs to ensure the highest level of care for those we serve. If you live in the Indianapolis, IN, area and would like to learn more about working in the fast-paced home care industry, please visit Senior1Care now at www.senior1care.com!