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This Week's Carenote - 04/29/09

If someone is interested in becoming a Caregiver provider what steps are required? For example an elderly woman from my church is currently providing licensed daycare for children but she would like to retire from child care. She does the child care to generate income to pay the taxes on her home. Since she is getting older she thought becoming an Adult Day Care provider would be less strenuous and allow her to continue to generate income.

Any suggestions?


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Name: Kristin
Location: MN
Date: 04/29/2009
Time: 06:54 AM

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Working with older adults, it can still be strenuous if someone needs a lift out of a chair, needs assistance going to the bathroom, falls and needs assistance off the floor. My thoughts are that older adults can be just as strenuous because you are lifting someone much heavier than a two year old.


Name: Donna
Location: California
Date: 04/29/2009
Time: 10:24 AM

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Bless your friends' heart for wanting to continue to utilize her skills and resources to be a blessing to others. I know many gals in their later years who are doing this also. They hire themselves out to prepare meals, do light housekeeping, and run errands for those more feeble than they. Perhaps she can start asking around, start with her church population, to see who might need such services. Or find out who is already providing such services and glean information from them. She may offer herself as a substitute for someone who has a vacation need. Similarly, she can look up the local Aging organizations and find out who is providing a similar service. She may be able to volunteer her time to work side by side with someone for a short time to figure out if this is really what she wants (or can do). Best of wishes for her endeavors.


Name: Stephenie
Location: Spfld IL
Date: 04/30/2009
Time: 04:47 PM

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The requirements for caregiving depend on the state in which the carepartners reside. She could probably check with her local health department to get specific answers. A word of caution... Child care is NOTHING like adult care... They each have their own rewards and stresses, but I am pretty sure neither is any less stressful nor strenuous than the other. I would like to suggest that she get involved with an adult center for a while to determine whether it will be suitable for her. Even if she could volunteer for a few hours a week it would help her get a better understanding of what she is looking toward experiencing.



 







 

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