How to choose which care provider to work for in the Columbia area?
Columbia and the surrounding areas have several care providers that are regularly posting caregiver jobs. How do you decide which to apply to? How do you decide which offer to take if multiple are presented?
This is a situation many individuals are facing, especially ones who are new to the care industry, new to the area, or recent graduates. There are many considerations that are involved and your decision will impact your future career and overall care experience.
Here are some helpful tips for current caregivers or new caregivers who are looking for a care job throughout the Midlands.
Multiple Care Specialties: How to Choose?
Care providers offer a variety of different opportunities, environments, and specialty services. If you are interested in a specific type of care, you probably have your eyes on a more narrow set of providers, but if you are open to various types of care there are many options that you have to consider. Here are some types of care facilities and providers that are prominent in the Columbia area.
At-home care providers are exactly as it sounds, caregivers will be helping seniors and elderly who are able to live at home with the help of a caregiver. The duties vary per patient but can include some of the below:
- Senior Companionship
- Running Errands
- Meal Prepping
- Household Chores
- Dementia Care
- Alzheimer’s Care
- Stroke Patients
- Post-Surgery Care
At-home care providers often work with the same patients over a long period of time and are able to have a flexible schedule due to traveling from home to home on a patient/caregiver schedule. These caregivers work one-on-work with their clients and form trusting relationships that make their job rewarding.
Nursing homes require additional certifications or schooling for their Health Aides than a general caregiver position. Nursing homes have seniors and elderly individuals who are not able to live alone and require daily medical attention. The duties range from taking vitals and dispensing medication to providing meals and monitoring activities. The patients in nursing homes usually are older in age, have long-term medical conditions or need round-the-clock specialty care.
Nursing homes offer a more structured shift schedule for caregivers and do not require the travel to different patient homes.
Assisted Living Facilities
Assisted living facilities come in many shapes and sizes since they house seniors and elderly individuals who are able to live independently with little assistance from caregivers. Some facilities are a community of condos or homes and some are rooms in one single facility.
Caregivers are responsible for a variety of different tasks which may include feeding, personal hygiene, or simple chores. Caregivers oftentimes present more companionship in addition to providing care assistance as needed.
Multiple Care Providers: How to determine the best to work for
Private vs. Corporate
The care industry in Columbia is composed of multiple corporate care providers and multiple privately owned providers. Each has different benefits for caregivers, some of which may be more intriguing than others. It really is up to the preference of the applicant.
If you like a more family atmosphere that has hands-on owners, a private family-owned provider may be the direction that is a best fit for you. If you prefer a corporate structure and a larger company feeling that has national opportunities a corporate facility may be the best choice for you. These care facilities are oftentimes in most larger cities and have a recognizable name across the U.S. in the industry.
Training is crucial for both new caregivers and seasoned caregivers. Continuous training provides the opportunity to better yourself, your career, and the overall patient experience. If a care provider doesn’t provide training, you may want to consider a provider that does.
Word of Mouth / Reviews
Word of mouth is the most trusted and go-to factor when caregivers are looking for a new job. Oftentimes, caregivers have worked at multiple facilities and will be happy to tell their experience with different providers. We must note that some opinions may be biased which you will have to consider during your selection process.
Look at company reviews to see what both caregivers and patients have said about the company. Reviews can tell the strengths and weaknesses of a company which can help you decide which is the right fit for you.
When interviewing, make sure you take into consideration your gut reaction of the first impressions of the owners and management. Be sure to ask the right questions when meeting your managers or the owners of the company to get a feeling of what the company atmosphere and culture will be.
What to Look for in Caregivers Positions?
Different care providers offer different employee experiences and position benefits. When looking for a care job you should prioritize your top expectations and personal needs to help determine which company offers the benefits you need. The care company that checks off the most boxes for your career needs should be your top contender.
Here are some items to consider:
- Health Benefits / Insurance
- Career Advancement Opportunities
- Overall Culture
- Flexible Schedules
- Continued Education
- Hourly vs. Salary
- Vacation Time
- Travel Time
- 401k / Retirement Plans
Choosing a caregiver job in Columbia can be overwhelming but understanding exactly what you want and selecting care companies that fit these different needs will help you select the right care position for you.