How do you become a live-in caregiver for the elderly?


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To become a live-in caregiver for the elderly, submit an application to a company that provides that service, such as Griswold Home Care, or myCNAJobs. Elderly individuals who require a live-in caregiver occasionally post ads on Indeed.com. Under such circumstances, apply directly to the individual who posted the ad or the concerned party in charge of interviewing and hiring for the position.

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Live-in caregivers are a form of Certified Nursing Assistant, or unlicensed assistive personnel. Depending on the state you live in, you may have to undergo caregiver certification. Caregiver certification entails at least 10 hours of online courses to meet state certification standards for caregivers.

In some instances, caregivers can begin working immediately after being hired and obtaining certification if necessary. Companies that provide live-in caregiver services may tack on additional requirements to the hiring process, such as a high school diploma and a background check.

For example, Griswold Home Care subjects all applicants to a rigorous 15-step screening process designed to scrutinize and gauge behavior, competency, weaknesses, skill sets and level of proficiency. Griswold Home Care applicants must also supply proof of identity, work eligibility, certification and references from both personal and supervisory sources.

As of 2015, myCNAjobs and Griswold Home Care place job postings on Indeed.com. You also can apply online and take certification courses through each company's website.

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