What Is A Non-Medical Caregiver?
Are you considering a career in the home health field but need more experience? Or are you interested in volunteering but have limited medical knowledge and training? Then you may consider becoming a non-medical caregiver.
A non-medical caregiver (also known as a companion caregiver) supports elders and their families through respite care, personal care, and companionship. For this reason, a non-medical caregiver must be charismatic, personable, friendly, and genuine.
Unlike skilled caregivers, non-medical caregivers do not need a formal medical background — though training certainly helps.
So if you have patience, empathy, and want to help older adults shine during their golden years, keep reading to learn more about non-medical caregivers.
How To Become A Non-Medical Caregiver
Certification criteria for non-medical caregivers vary based on where you live. For example, many states don’t have mandatory training but encourage at least eight hours of courses. On the other hand, other states require eight to ten hours of training, while some don’t have any regulations.
If your state does require training, most caregiving agencies will offer training to fulfill your state’s guidelines.
Even if you are a volunteer companion, it’s always better to have some training. A few places where you can find caregiver certification include:
- The Red Cross
- Home Care Univerity from The National Association for Home Care and Hospice
- Basic Trainer For Caregivers from Caregiverlist
- Care Core Certification from the Relias Academy
What Does A Non-Medical Caregiver Do?
As older adults lose their mobility or develop health conditions, they can become confined to their homes or lose their ability to do basic tasks or socialize. As a non-medical caregiver, you can help meet those needs by providing help with:
- Some personal care tasks
- Prescription reminders
- Transportation or mobility assistance
However, your primary job as a non-medical caregiver is to be a friend and companion who offers crucial emotional support.
Companion caregivers play a vital part in helping older adults feel listened to and preventing isolation. Even a few hours of help each day can dramatically improve an older adult’s wellbeing and allow them to age in place while maintaining their independence. You may play games, read, go on walks, or just talk for a few hours each day, depending on the client’s interests.
How Much Do Non-Medical Caregivers Earn?
When you become a non-medical caregiver, you can work as a contractor or with a placement agency. If you work through an agency, you can expect to earn between $15 and $25 per hour, plus extra on weekends and holidays.
You should know that companion caregivers aren’t just another type of in-home care provider. According to the IRS, non-medical caregivers are formal employees who provide companionship and assist with other needs such as housework or errands. And while they help with various personal care tasks, they can’t make up over 20% of their total responsibilities.
A non-medical caregiver is an excellent resource for seniors and their families. If your loved one needs a little extra help with routine activities or could benefit from a regular companion, we can help. Call 1-888-541-1136 or reach out online to ask about our process.
You can find more resources and information for caregivers and seniors on our Blog.
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