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Who can be a home care worker? Part 2. The Parent

Got Child Care Responsibilities? Need to Earn, Too?

Are you minding young children at home? Need to work a schedule that works with their schedule? Don’t want to pay a babysitter and the cost of transportation, too?

Consider working home care. It offers flexible scheduling and you can work in your own neighborhood and not lose time commuting. You can work weekends and evenings. You can obviate the need for a sitter by working when there is another adult at home to supervise the children by working in the home care field, even if for only a few hours a week.

Right now home care Caring Professionals is paying the highest rates, mostly $20 per hour. Rates vary by location, according to state law. Nonetheless, Caring Professionals, a highly respected home care company with almost thirty years of experience delivering quality services in the metro NYC area, is paying the best rates.

Currently there is a shortage of home care workers in NYS. Many seniors and people with disabilities who rely on Medicaid long term care can’t find staff to service their needs. Caring Professionals understands this and has made it easier than ever for people to work home care, either in the traditional agency-based format or in the CDPAP Program, the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program, which is a self-directed one.

In traditional home care offered by a licensed home care services company, a LHCSA, aides who have earned state recognized certificates are sent to Medicaid patients’ homes to care for their needs. These are usually seniors. People with disabilities also get home care. There are two categories of aides with certificates: home health aides and personal care assistants. They have almost the same training and can do very similar tasks. They follow a care plan developed by a nurse sent by the agency. They are supported by coordinators who ensure a good fit and help with communication with the patient and his or her family.

Because of the shortage of home care workers, Caring Professionals is currently scholarshipping people who enroll in the training programs if they commit to working for the company. The training takes only a few days and is usually offered at night and on weekends. We want to get qualified people into the homes of patients who desperately need their hours filled. Call us at (718) 425-3086 to find out about our scholarship program.

Want to avoid enrolling in school and start working right away? You can work home care through CDPAP. In this program, the consumer (the patient or his designated representative) hires the personal assistant (the caregiver, you!). The consumer trains the PA and together they work out a schedule that works for both of them. There is a care plan here, too. Caring Professionals enrolls you (it’s quick, usually two days) and sends you your pay.

Payment and paperwork are simplified for the worker in both programs. The goal is to be efficient and compliant. HHA’s, PCA’s, and PA’s sign in and out using an app on their phones. Computer programs handle payment which can be delivered daily to your debit card through Daily Pay. There’s no need to wait until the end of a payroll period to have cash to spend.

So why not use your available hours to work a job that is convenient and in your neighborhood? Sign up for home care today. It beats fast food positions and cashier roles hands down!

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About the Author

Faigie Horowitz

Faigie Horowitz

Faigie Horowitz, MS serves as director of communication at Caring Professionals. She advocates for the senior population on the state level and writes about senior and caregiver issues. She is a columnist for several periodicals. She has spent decades in nonprofit management and serves as a lay leader and founder of several community organizations.

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