What They Do
Although no specific educational degrees are required to become a geriatric caregiver, reputable care-giving agencies require their job applicants to pass psychological and other tests, including background checks.
You can work for several different levels of home care service providers. Agencies hire caregivers directly and place them with clients. Certified agencies must meet strict federal requirements for patient care and management. The agency pays your benefits, worker's compensation and federal and state payroll taxes. Non-certified agencies do the same, but are not licensed. Caregivers who prefer to be self-employed (independent contractors) may find clients through placement services or on their own. When caregivers are self-employed (independent contractors), the responsibility of paying payroll taxes and worker's compensation falls either on the client or the caregiver, depending on the caregiver's agreement with the client.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), expects the job outlook for geriatric caregivers to grow steadily through at least 2016, due to the growing numbers of seniors in our country. Salaries vary, depending on what types of assistance the client requires. The BLS reports as of May 2008 that home health aides earned an average hourly salary of $10.31.