Are you one of the almost 4 million people who retired prematurely because of the COVID-19 pandemic? Have you considered becoming a professional caregiver?

According to a new report from the Alliance for Lifetime Income, the pandemic has accelerated early retirements. With nearly half (47 percent) of recent retirees reporting they left their jobs because of employer circumstances, not because they reached a certain age or income goals.

If you’re a retiree who’s not yet ready to call it quits, think about becoming a professional caregiver – it could be a great encore career.

“Many of our older caregivers want more than a paycheck. They want to try something new. They want to stay active. And, most importantly, they want to make a difference in the lives of others.” said Sierra Goetz, operations manager at the Home Care Advocacy Network. “With many years of life and work experience, retirees have so much to offer. That’s why they’re such great caregivers.”

In addition to the privilege of making a difference, Goetz said other factors make professional caregiving a good option, including:

Flexibility being a Professional Caregiver:

You will often have the freedom to choose between working part-time, full-time, nights, or weekends. You can tailor your schedule around hobbies, volunteering, and spending time with your grandkids – whatever fits your lifestyle. This is a benefit that professional caregivers have that most do not.

Additional income:

Your retirement income might be enough to pay the bills, but it’s always nice to have a little extra set aside for special gifts, vacations, etc.

Diversity:

No two clients are alike and every day is different – caregiving is never boring.

Training and support:

At HCAN, we’ll make sure you’re fully trained before you enter a client’s home, and we’ll provide you with the support you need to overcome any challenge.

Appreciation from others: 

Helping others probably makes you feel good – but it makes others feel good, too! Our staff, as well as the families you serve, appreciate everything you do!

Lasting relationships that come with Professional Caregivers: 

Building positive relationships with clients is one of the most important aspects of caregiving – and it’s the most fun. Our caregivers often form close bonds with seniors and their family – relationships that endure long after the job is done.

If you’re ready for your “second act” and think you have what it takes to be a professional caregiver, visit hcanthrive.com/omaha/ or call our Omaha office at 402-359-1996.