Elder Care and Household Assistant Jobs
Some of us have grandparents that don’t have any trouble getting around. In fact, you may have older relatives that seem to be more active than you are! Unfortunately, part of getting older usually means needing a lot more help around the house, even when completing basic chores and tasks. If you’re the type of person that loves spending time around the greatest generation, then maybe you should think about working as a household assistant for someone who could truly use a little help in his or her day-to-day life.
Household assistants usually work with older people that have trouble getting things done around the house. This position could encompass going to a person’s house after school and getting started on a list of tasks to accomplish, like washing a few loads of clothes, making a trip to the grocery store, or doing some yard work around the outside of the house.
Other chores that require a little more responsibility may include taking someone to a doctor’s appointment, picking up their prescriptions at the local pharmacy, helping them pay their monthly utility bills, and assisting them with their finances.
There are many services that provide older and disabled individuals with quality home assistance that you could work for. You could also consider going into business for yourself. This may be a great idea for you if you already have a family member or close friend that could use a little help with everyday chores around the home. Many elderly people are reluctant to give up their homes for a nursing facility or assisted living center, meaning that they’ll need plenty of help getting things done around the house as they grow older.
Would you describe yourself as someone that thoroughly enjoys the company of older people? Working as a household assistant is a job that requires great care and compassion for your clients, so make sure that you’ve got the right personality for the job before thinking about taking it on. If hanging out with older folks while listening to stories about how things used to be, playing checkers, or reading books sounds like your idea of a fulfilling job, then working as a household assistant may be the job for you.
Job Summary: Household assistant
- Suitable for age range: 16+ years old.
- Safety and security: Safety risks include traveling to clients’ homes, traffic risks that are associated with running errands in a motor vehicle, and basic household risks that are common when completing chores (using a stove, working outside, etc.)
- Can improve your: Social skills, character, patience and attitude towards people that need a little help every now and then.
- Can continue as a career? Most caregivers and household assistants work in their spare time assisting the elderly, while some work fulltime to help out those in need. Most fulltime caregivers are employees of larger companies that provide household assistant services.
- Required soft skills: Ability to talk to strangers, to be caring, and to get along with older people.
- Required hard skills: Ability to perform a variety of tasks both in and around the house. These tasks may include using appliances in the house, using tools and equipment outside of the house, and driving your own vehicle to run errands around town.
- Resources and network:
o GoNannies.com – What is a Personal Assistant?
o Indeed.com – Household Assistant Jobs
o Snagajob.com – Caregiver job description
- Where & how to find one? If you want to work on your own to begin with, then the first place you need to start is by talking to friends, family, and neighbors to see if anyone is looking for a household assistant for a relative. If you’d like a steadier paycheck with the possibility of benefits or bonuses, then you might try applying online to a caregiver-providing company.
- Estimated pay: According to GlassDoor.com, most household assistants and caregivers can expect to make between $8 and $15 per hour when working for a caregiving provider. Pay will vary when working for yourself, but keep in mind that most seniors are on a fixed income, and will be looking for competitive rates when hiring someone to help them out around the house.