If you are considering becoming a professional caregiver – congratulations. You’ve chosen a career where your services are in great demand and will be for many years. With 10,000 Baby Boomers turning 65 every day until 2026 and their parents being in their 80s or older, America’s aging population provides you with your choice of employment opportunities working with older adults for years to come.

The centerpiece of these career opportunities is the professional caregiver. According to AARP, almost 80% of seniors want to remain at home as they get older and need assistance, making caregivers an essential part of helping them age in place.

As you embark on your new career, let’s look at five things you need to consider in order to become a professional caregiver.

Confirm for yourself why you want to be a caregiver

Caregivers who have long, successful careers have a strong desire to be a caregiver. They’re motivated to help seniors enjoy their golden years and make a difference in people’s lives. Make sure you share this same commitment. You’ll need it to perform consistently at your best.

Speak with other caregivers

In addition to your training from the agency you work with, other caregivers will be your strongest source of education, motivation, and inspiration. Take the time to speak with as many as you can to get a fi