Private caregiver jobs are the direct hiring of caregivers by the individual or family who need the caregivers rather than hiring caregivers through an agency. Caregivers can find advertisements for private caregiver jobs in newspapers. A local unemployment agency may have information on a private caregiver job.
Individuals hiring caregivers for their families often look for caregivers with experience. A caregiver may be more successful in obtaining a first caregiver job with a caregiver agency. Employment through a caregiver agency would provide training and experience that the caregiver can then use on the caregiver resume to try to get a private caregiver job.
There are benefits to working for a caregiver agency. Though not all home healthcare agencies do, some agencies provide benefits like health insurance whereas the private caregiver job may not.
A home healthcare agency often has restrictions on the duties performed by the caregiver and clear expectations of the caregiver. Some families who hire their own caregivers may not be so clear about what they expect from the caregivers which can lead to some misunderstandings and conflicts.
The caregiver job may offer more flexibility of the schedule or have a more desirable schedule for the caregiver. Most home care agencies use the standard three shifts to schedule caregivers. Some families may wish to have caregivers at different hours than a traditional shift and may hire their own caregivers for that reason.
The family may wish to provide care during certain hours and hire caregivers to cover the other hours. In some cases, hiring a caregiver directly is cheaper than using a caregiver agency.
Families may also wish to hire their own caregivers if they want all the control over who the caregiver is and the applicant screening process. The family or individual hiring a caregiver may want to check the caregiver’s references and talk to previous employers themselves instead of trusting the agency’s screening and hiring practices.
The caregiver may want a live in caregiver position in a location where no caregiver agencies offer such services. A live in caregiver job might be located through the newspapers, job websites, or employment agencies.
The person looking for a private caregiver job should carefully prepare a caregiver resume that highlights any experience, certifications, training, and skills that would make the person an ideal choice for the caregiver job. The person may want to include copies of any training certificates with the resume.
When accepting a private caregiver position, the caregiver may be asked to sign a caregiver contract. The contract might outline the expectations and caregiver duties. A caregiver contract can be a legally binding contract. Therefore, the caregiver should make sure that the contents of the contract are understood and agreeable before signing.
If the individual or family no longer wants the services of the caregiver, the caregiver may suddenly become unemployed and must look for another job. If the caregiver works with a homecare agency, the agency often has other jobs readily available for the caregiver.
The caregiver should be aware of these advantages and disadvantages of a private caregiver job when deciding whether or not to accept a private job or work for an agency.