Families may appreciate the convenience of using caregivers from caregiver agencies as opposed to hiring their own caregivers directly. Caregiver agencies provide training to people who wish to become caregivers. Caregivers who work for agencies often have the ability to work as much as they like.
For a new caregiver, working for a caregiver agency offers employee training and job skills. The free caregiver training typically instructs the caregiver on how to perform the caregiver duties such as helping the client with self-care and grooming.
The caregiver training by the agency might include CPR training and certification. The caregiver may learn how to assist a client with limited mobility. Some agencies have a couple weeks of training that must be completed by the caregiver before the caregiver is scheduled to work with the individuals or families.
Some homecare agencies allow the caregivers to administer the client’s prescribed medication. In those cases, the caregiver agency may include training on medication and the necessary paperwork before the caregiver works with clients.
A caregiver may want to work a particular shift. Agencies often schedule their caregivers for the standard first, second, and third shifts. Many times, homecare agencies have openings for different shifts.
Often, a caregiver working with a caregiver agency can stay working their preferred shift though they may be asked to work a different shift occasionally to cover for a caregiver who could not make it to work. If working a private caregiver job for a family, the caregiver may be expected to have a flexible schedule.
A caregiver who has gained work experience with an agency might want to look for a private caregiver job though many caregivers are happy to continue working for a caregiver agency.
Caregivers might decide to further their education and become nurses.
Some nurses enjoy working with a caregiver agency and devoting their time to one client rather than working in a hospital setting or nursing home where they may feel their attention and energy are stretched too thin among many patients.
When the caregiver works for an agency, the caregiver knows what their job duties are and has received training to do them. The caregiver who was hired by the family may not receive clear explanations of the job expectations. This can lead to conflict between the caregiver and the family.
A family may expect the caregiver to keep the walkway and front door clear of snow, ice, or leaves. Some agencies prohibit such outdoor work. Families who need other caregiver duties than those allowed by an agency may need to look for another agency or hire a caregiver privately.
Working with a caregiver agency gives the caregiver some sense of job security. If the family a caregiver is working with decides they no longer want a caregiver, a caregiver working with an agency is likely to have another caregiver job very quickly. However, the caregiver may have to look for a caregiver job and prepare a new resume if the caregiver is not working with an agency.