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What’s Next After Caregiving? 5 Things to Consider
Posted By Sally Abrahms On January 30, 2013 @ 8:30 am In Take Care | No Comments
You won’t always be a family caregiver. At some point, you may choose to ramp up your work hours, change jobs or careers or do meaningful volunteering. You might be able to take the skills you’ve gained from caregiving.
You’re probably thinking, “What am I qualified to do after being a caregiver?” You now know something about the health care system. Good! One of the fastest growing fields is health care. You might become a patient advocate or patient navigator, medical claims assistant, personal and home health care aide, intake coordinator or program coordinator. If you like being a caregiver, explore being a teacher’s aide, using your knowledge and skill set as a mentor or tutor, working for a nonprofit or even walking dogs.
Or, consider being a senior move manager, or professional organizer. You probably have good managerial skills from your caregiving role. Did you coordinate a team of people (doctors, nurses, relatives, professional caregivers) and help craft and implement a care plan? Were you a project manager and/or strategic planner, overseeing and planning your parent’s/relative’s care? Did you pay bills, ferry Mom or Dad to appointments and attend to their other needs? You’d make a natural personal assistant.
Here are thoughts and resources for moving forward:
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