Can you make good money working with the elderly?

I truly love being around elderly people and would love to make a career of it, but I am wondering what positions would make a good amount of money. I have four children, and want to know I can care for them if something ever happened to my husband. I do have school as an option first, but wouldn't know what classes to take. Please list some titles, along with responsibilities and requirements, and maybe potential salary? I believe I am meant to care for people, so my heart would be in it as well. Thanks.

Asked By: Meatloaf - 7/27/2009
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Answered By: SandwichGeneration - 7/27/2009
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Most of the nursing homes are in need of people willing to learn to be a nurse's aide. Some even offer in-house training! Salary would be minimum wage to start! Then after working as an aide. you might think about medication assistant. Salary is a little more. First, check with some local nursing homes and talk... More
Answered By: tGal009 - 7/27/2009
There is always a demand for aides at nursing homes, but you won't make any decent money doing it. If you want to make a decent living, go to nursing school and get your R.N.
Answered By: DJ - 7/27/2009
Yes you can make good money. You could be a home health nurse and travel around to their houses to keep up with them. I know that pays well. Although i don't really have any figures for you.
Answered By: slinkman44 - 7/27/2009
I know an R.A. (Resident Aid) who started at $10 per hour after going through a program for about 4 months. Five years later she's making about $14 per hour. If you're an LPN or RN (especially) you can make a much better living. The classes and time frame may be challenging, but your career path will be stronger. Guess... More
Answered By: Mary S - 7/27/2009
I think you would make a reasonable amount of money, I hope you get a job with the elderly, as you love to be around them.
Answered By: Polly - 7/27/2009
Private nurse companion for rich old folks is where the money is. I've known a few. They basically live in, with a day a week and special occasions off. They got paid very well, better than any regular nurse, and have few expenses because most everything is provided with the job. Of course you can't have a family or... More
Answered By: oldman - 7/27/2009
No, there is not a lot of money in direct care...whether for those who are older or otherwise. UNLESS you are an RN. You may wish to enter study to become a geriatric RN. Hospitals and HMO's across the country are seeking skilled RN's Other nursing/aide position pay low wages.
Answered By: sage seeker - 7/27/2009
Generally speaking it is slave labor. With schooling and training you will more than likely earn a better income but with schooling and training you can earn a better income doing many things. Have you considered that up to know you may not have experienced the more unpleasant work that can be involved ? I don't mean... More
Answered By: Paul N - 7/27/2009
My daughter is an STNA (state tested nurses aid)and I have my MA (medical assistant). We both work in the same Assisted Living home and we love it. NO, you won't get rich, we started off at $8 an hour. 2 years later I am at $8.75. We do it because we love it. We love the residents and we like the people we work... More
Answered By: Are you kidding me? - 7/28/2009
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