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Who can be a home caregiver? Part 1. The Student

Got Tuition Bills? Want to Avoid Student Loans?

You are ambitious and are enrolled in college to achieve your career goals. College costs money and living costs money too. You need to work a job to bring in some money. Work-study jobs just don’t pay enough.

Consider working home care. Home care offers flexible scheduling that can be built around your college schedule. With the current shortage in the home care workforce, home care is paying more now than ever before and Caring Professionals is paying the highest rates in the metro NYC area.

In most locations, Caring Professionals pays home care workers $20 an hour. The reason that varies is that the rate varies according to NYS law.

Caring Professionals offers the same rates to traditional home care workers and CDPAP home care workers. CDPAP stands for the Consumer Directed Personal assistance Program in which the Medicaid long term care consumer (the patient or his designated representative) hires, trains, and supervises the personal assistant (the caregiver).

Both programs support individuals on Medicaid long term care, either seniors or people with disabilities. Both positions offer flexibility to the worker who can choose his hours. They can be weekend hours or evening hours.

You are not tied to shifts determined by a corporate entity or a store or a fast food joint. You can work in your neighborhood or near your college so you can save on transportation costs and commuting time.

There are differences between the two programs, however. In traditional home care, you need a certificate from a school approved by the state. This is earned over a few weekends or at night. The good news is that currently Caring Professionals offers scholarships to people committing to work for the company. Call here for details about free tuition assistance for home care training (718) 425-3086.

To work in the CDPAP program, you do not need a certificate. The consumer (or designated representative) trains you and sets up the tasks you are expected to perform. However, the hours are up to you two to negotiate. Call here to learn how to enroll in CDPAP 718-307-6270.

People like working with these populations. They develop a relationship with the senior. They learn to understand each other and be sensitive to each other’s needs and wants. A close bond develops and you use your creativity and people skills to motivate the individual. No one is telling you the how’s of the job; you get to decide that as you learn your patient or consumer. There is flexibility within the job.

And for you, the hard working college or graduate student, there is daily pay available in both programs. You don’t have to wait for a payroll week. So long as you clock in and out properly through the phone app, your pay is disbursed daily to your cash care. No need to figure out when to pay your bills. Your cash is at hand. Enrollment is efficient. It’s designed to get you working ASAP! It can take as little as two days. Call us for more information at (718) 425-3086.

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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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