How to determine the best home care jobs in Wisconsin and which one may be right for your career
With over 10,000 people turning 65 each day, personal care aide and home health aide jobs are among the fastest-growing jobs in the country. If you are new to home care, here are quick descriptions to orient you to each job:
Personal care aides
Personal care aides assist elderly and disabled clients with non-medical activities of daily living (ADLs)-- common activities required to live safely and comfortably at home. These include bathing, grooming (hair, nails, etc.), dressing, toileting, meal preparation, light housekeeping, socializing and companionship, making medical appointments, and coordinating transportation to and from appointments.
Home health aides
Home health aides do many of the same tasks as personal care aides but are also trained to support clients with basic healthcare-related tasks. These can include reminding clients to take medications or changing non-sterile bandages.
While the core job duties will be the same no matter which home care agency you work for, the type of support you get from your employer can really vary. Many agencies offer only the bare minimum in training. Many provide no sick or vacation time. And many will expect you to operate with little information or on-the-job support. With so many opportunities available to you, you’ll want to make sure you select the best home care job, a job that cares about you. For tips on how to find the best home care employers check out our article.
This is why caregiver-owned home care agencies have the highest retention rates– as caregivers and owners, caregivers are valued and respected for their work and are supported to provide the best possible care to their clients.
Become a Caregiver-Owner in Central Wisconsin
As one of two of Central Wisconsin’s only worker-owned home care agencies, we consider our care jobs to be one-of-a-kind opportunities for anyone looking for a rewarding career in-home care services. Our dedicated team of caregivers want more than just a paycheck at the end of the day. Money matters but so does respect, understanding communication, and support.
At Cooperative Care:
- We have been operating for the benefit of the members since 2001
- Work-life balance
- Open door policy; Our goal is to help build a confident, caring member for our team.
“Cooperative care is a great Co-op. I have worked for them for almost 6 years. The office staff do a great job with your schedule, and any questions or problems you may have. And the clients are so important, each and every one of them are Special and Important in their own way.”
Home Health Aide/Personal Care Aide/In-Home Caregiver
Caregivers are the backbone of our business. We offer paid training and guaranteed placement, strong benefits, and flexibility when it comes to scheduling. We can accommodate both part-time and full-time schedules.
An ideal candidate is someone who:
- Has the ability to show kindness and compassion to those we serve
- Has a valid Wisconsin driver’s license and/or reliable transportation
- Is willing to assist clients with Activities of Daily Living such as:
- Personal Care (bathing, dressing, showering, toileting)
- Meal Preparation
- Light Housekeeping
- Shopping and Errands
- Companionship clean and prepare meals
Our care workers serve Adams County, Fond Du Lac County, Green Lake County, Marquette County, and Waushara County. Travel Time is paid at wage, in addition to mileage reimbursement.
CNA/Nurse’s Assistant/Staff Nurse
Staff Nurses and Nurse Assistants facilitate a range of care not typically covered by a home health aide and meet the long-term care needs of our clients. While previous experience in the home care field is a huge plus, it is not required.
An ideal candidate is:
- A professional with a positive attitude, kindness, and a friendly demeanor
- Proud of being a medical resource for care clients and other coworkers in their community
- Able to perform intake assessments well and maintain organized client files
- Able to coordinate care with caregivers and assess the safety of the client
- From time to time, the staff nurse will also provide on-site education and ongoing training
When caregivers have ownership, the workplace transforms. There is a true sense of community among our caregivers because each one has a voice that is heard, and we come together to support our individual and collective success.
Interested in joining our team? Read on for a listing of our ongoing positions in Central Wisconsin.