The standard contract generally used by Au Pairs won't be valid for senior care, as the Au Pair program requires the person to only look after children. In addition to this, although the Caregiver will probably be living with the Host Family, Au Pairs for adults are considered as proper employees. This means that they will have to be employed under the official regulations of the host country and must receive at least the minimum wage of that country.
Au Pair for seniors - duties and tasks
Being a live-in Au Pair for the elderly does not massively differ from being a standard Au Pair for children. The main task is to assist adults or senior people in their homes with their daily needs and to provide them with company. This offers an alternative to assisted facilities or nursing homes for the seniors and is at the same time a great opportunity for many Au Pairs who want to move to a new country.
Now that we have an employer (the Host Family) and an employee (the Caregiver), we just need a working contract in order to make it possible.
However, what are the requirements you need to fulfill in order to become or hire a Senior Caregiver? Check them out!
As a Host Family you need to provide the Senior Caregiver with:
A working contract based on the Host Country's labour law
The minimum salary allowed in the Host Country
Do not forget that the standard Au Pair contract won't be valid in this case, so please specify on your profile the conditions of the job you will be offering and describe your expectations. Also, select the option "Senior Caregiver" on your searching criteria so that the filter can look after those users willing to become a live-in Au Pair for the elderly.
The embassy might not allow the visa to be issued for this specific purpose, so make sure to check the conditions before you sign down the contract and decide to bring the Au Pair to your country.
The senior caregiver needs to make sure that the contract will be a legal employment contract, since senior home care is considered a job that has to be regulated by the employment laws of the Host Country and requires at least minimum wage and an insurance (covering the senior caregiver regardless of the host country's health system).
In case the senior caregiver needs a visa to work in the target country, the Host Country's embassy will most likely deny the petition, as visas are usually not issued for the purpose of senior caregiver employment. Therefore, we would suggest to make sure that the Host Country does not require a visa in order to work as an Au Pair for seniors.
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