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What is a caregiver?

At The MENTOR Network, we believe that with the right support, anyone can be their best selves regardless of physical, mental and behavioral challenges. Depending on the individuals you serve, our caregiver roles have different titles, such as Direct Support Professional, Life Skills Trainer, or Certified Nursing Assistant, and the work you will do is meaningful. You can make a real difference in the lives of those we serve to live as independently as possible. Caregivers work with individuals with special needs on everyday tasks including meal planning and preparation, medication administration and personal care. We encourage community involvement at The MENTOR Network and our caregivers may accompany the individuals they work with to community outings and aide with transportation to work and other activities. Caregivers also work with clinical staff to establish therapeutic and behavioral plans in order to improve the quality of life for the individuals they work with.

Who is the Ideal Caregiver?

HR Coordinator, and Direct Support veteran, Amy Gates has a bit of advice for anyone considering joining The MENTOR Network as a caregiver. After six years of working as a DSP, Amy learned that this job isn’t for everyone. You have to be passionate about people, or it just won’t work. “You can’t come to work for a paycheck,” she explained. “You need to care about what you do, or you can’t give our individuals what they need from us. We need someone who knows how to care for people.”

As a caregiver, you can see firsthand the impact you are having on someone’s life, and it is truly a fulfilling experience. “The best part is watching the connection on an individual’s face when they understood something you taught them. It could be as simple as changing the TV channel,” Amy said. And while you may sometimes get burnt-out in a job like this, it’s all worth it in the end, as Amy noted. “Being a caregiver is very rewarding work.”

Are you looking for an exciting, new career opportunity that allows you to make a difference in the lives of others? Join us as a caregiver today!

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