I want to start using the skills I have as a caregiver, how do I go about this?

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It sounds as though you want your caregiving experience towards a paying career.
If this is not the case and you just want to lend a helping hand you would be invaluable as a hospice volunteer.
Hospice does provide a training program for new volunteer , but with your previous experience truly understanding the trials and tribulations would be so welcome to other caregivers.
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ladies thank you all these are such good suggestions that I did not even think about. Iam going to look into all of them, thanks again.
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I would look into the freelance geriatric case manager business, with your degrees that would likely be a lucrative business. Just think of the private pay NH and AL facilities that have out of state family as your base line. When you're paying 5 - 10 K a mo for mom what is another $ 250 or so a week to get a email with a jpeg attached of mom or knowing that yes you will go and buy her a new pair of SAS shoes or yes that you will go to Michaels and get a new wreath for her door. The one at my mom's seems to have most of her time doing these kind of things - the surrogate family stuff. I'd get bonded and do it as an LLC. If there were do-overs I'd have gotten a masters in nutrition and been a registered dietitian and own a food pr firm - the one's I know have more work than they can deal with especial with crisis management issues.
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To Igloo572, I have a Masters degree in Human Service, I am also certified in assisted living, but I have had a hard time finding good steady employment. Thank you for your suggestion. I'm working on my second Masters in Busness Administration, because I did think of starting my own business.
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A lot of this will depend on your existing level of education and the demographics of where you live and what type of caregiving you did. There is certainly a lot of need out there.

At my mom's NH, there is a free lance geriatric case manager who is literally swamped with work and can choose who she wants to work with. She is a retired RN who works only with out of state family who has a parent in the NH. Basically she goes in as needed, visits the residents, sends photos, reviews charts, and emails a weekly report to family. She charges $ 50 hr. The other case manager I've met has a social work degree. Neither are employees of the NH but worked at NH or the state dept of health so know the system. These are professionals with a real business and approach it as that and make a good income from it and can control who their client base is. If you don't have a degree or some sort of certificate,and what you did was hands on caregiving, then you kinda are competing for $ with low pay or undocumented workers for a physically demanding job. You need a degree or certificate in order to get beyond that imho. Good luck.
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It depends upon qualifications that you have. You can volunteer in our area for something called RSVP. If you are a certified nursing assistant, you can obtain a job for helping. Then again, you could become certified, bonded, get insurance and start up your own business as there is quite a need out there. Good for you, wanting to do this, as after being an RN for many years, I have difficulty physically doing the work required. Good luck to you Randult.
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Assume you are referring to a position outside the home utilizing the skills you have acquired caregiving? There are jobs in my area called "visiting angels" - which are people with experience in alz/dementia/elder care work for a private company and visit the elderly homes and provide certain services. Also, some nursing homes have a concierge who is the liason between the staff, families, residents, etc. - this is quite a versatile position and requires personable skills along with a background working or caring for the elderly. You will find conciege positions in the nursing home chains, I believe.

Just a couple of suggestions if that is what you are referring to.
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