One of the most frequently asked questions we receive is “How do I become a Caregiver at Premier” - so we decided to put together a short Q&A to help explain what a Caregiver does, the skills you will need for the position and a little more about the community we serve. If you still have questions, please contact us.
What is a Caregiver in the intellectual/developmental disabilities (ID/DD) industry?
A Caregiver in the ID/DD industry is generally referred to as a “Habilitation Training Specialist”, “Direct Service Professional” or “Non-Certified Nursing Assistant” and is an entry-level position in the healthcare field. While very similar to a Certified Nursing Assistant, the Caregiver does not necessarily work under the direct supervision of a licensed nurse (RN/LPN) and does not require a state license.
How can I become a Caregiver for Premier?
Working as a Caregiver for Premier can be a rewarding experience. We have employees from very diverse backgrounds working in the field in both part-time and full-time positions. To join our team of professionals all one needs is a desire to help others, a high school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent and a valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance.
What experience do I need?
Although we prefer you have some experience, it is not a requirement as we will provide specialized, paid training. The Caregiver role is a good fit for those who:
o Are looking to get into the healthcare field but don’t have experience
o Do not have a college degree but have a high school diploma or GED
o Are looking for a second career or change in career
o Want to supplement their income while making a difference in the community
What skills do I need?
To become a Caregiver at Premier you will need to have the following skills:
o Excellent written and verbal communication – You will need to be able to communicate effectively as some clients may be unable to communicate on their own or may need assistance. You will also need to interact with doctors, nurses, and other professionals on their behalf as well as provide family members and your Premier supervisor regular updates.
o Organization – You’ll need to be able to keep medications, essential items and paperwork in order at all times. This also includes managing your time and prioritizing tasks and making sure all tasks are completed by the end of your shift.
o Technical – You may need to utilize medical equipment (depending on the client’s needs) so you will be trained on how to take a person’s blood pressure, work with heart rate monitors, mobility aids (such as wheelchairs and walkers), and other digital devices.
o Compassion and respect – You must be a compassionate individual to work in this field. You must be willing to be patient, kind and willing to listen to the client’s needs and wants. Every individual under our care is treated with respect and dignity.
What does a caregiver do?
As a Premier Caregiver, you will assist people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities with everyday activities. A caregiver’s purpose is to assist the individual(s) in their care to develop the skills necessary to live as independently as possible in a safe environment. Some tasks include:
Keeping the patient’s safety and well-being at the forefront of all duties
Assisting patients with personal care, including bathing, dressing, administering medication, eating and attending doctor’s appointments
Monitoring patient medications, reporting any changes in the patient’s health and updating health charts as needed
Communicating with your supervisor on any updates, changes or concerns you have.
How can I apply for this position?
Assisting in the care of another human being is a major responsibility, but it can also be a life-changing and rewarding experience for both the caregiver and the individual receiving assistance.
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