27 Sep Work from home opportunities for caregivers
As per a 2011 survey conducted by Carers UK, there are around 6.5 million caregivers in the UK – a number that has increased ten-fold since the previous survey. Making the transition from being a full-time working professional to a full-time caregiver can be difficult and daunting. You’re moving from a known space with a fixed schedule and a guaranteed pay cheque to a space where you are the one solely responsible for the ailing, the aged or the less abled. With a growing need for caregivers, this is a very real choice that a lot of people in the country are now facing. This, in turn, raises the question – are there any work from home opportunities available to this constantly growing group of caregivers?
The answer here is yes, there are plenty of options available. These options ensure that their primary task as a caregiver is taken care of while having a secondary career in a field based on their skills and expertise. It also brings in an additional source of income, enhances their skill set and gives the caregiver the chance to do work that doesn’t take them out of the house.
With technology becoming the centre of all our lives today, there is a constant growth in the number of people who are opting to work from remote locations (viz, their homes). This is highly beneficial for caregivers. Not just in terms of the location for work, but also in allowing them to utilise time effectively. Regular hours aren’t the norm in such situations and most employers are (not) willing to work out schedules that are suitable here. Flexible timings are one of the most important benefits when it comes to working from home. It allows caregivers the freedom to arrange their day and working hours based on the needs of the person being cared for. Not only that, working from home cuts out the irritability of having to commute to and from work, the money spent during the commute, for meals eaten outside of home and to maintain a certain “work-appropriate” attire. In a situation where both time and money are in short supply for caregivers, this allows them to have the best of both can only be a positive thing.
Flexibility isn’t solely limited to working hours here either. Let’s say the care receiver is having a bad day and needs the caregiver by their side constantly or needs to be taken to and from doctor’s appointments or rehabilitation sessions. This would mean dipping into accrued leave (or even unpaid leave) if the caregiver was trying to balance a regular work life as well. Having your own flexible timings takes this problem out of the mix. As a caregiver, you can work out a schedule that is convenient and conducive to your own unique situation. And, let’s face it, a little help here and a little bit of flexibility there can only make a potentially difficult situation a lot simpler in the long run.
If you’re a full-time caregiver or are considering becoming a one, then you might want to contact the Arise network. Arise is a leading provider of virtual business solutions. We provide a virtual platform that connects primarily work-at-home service professionals running small call centre businesses to Fortune 500 and other large companies. To know more about us, get in touch today.