Posted by Rachael Tom
October 13, 2021
For care professionals, updating your Carina profile allows care seekers to learn more about you, your approach to care, your availability and location, discover if you have similar interests and ultimately find out if you are a good fit. Even if you aren’t looking for more caregiving opportunities right now, you will want to remember to do this if your situation changes in the future.
Some care providers may have more time available now, with their school-age children returning to in-person school. Or you may want to add hours to your schedule so you can qualify for high-quality caregiver healthcare that costs you just $25 a month. One caregiver who was enrolled in healthcare used Carina to find more work to remain eligible for healthcare after she lost 2 clients.
If you have mainly worked as a caregiver for a family member or close friend — maybe on a part-time or fill-in basis — Carina is a good way to connect with more people who need care and become a full-time, professional caregiver. As you gain experience and training, you can earn more money and expand your opportunities to work in related healthcare jobs.
Here’s how you can change your status to let others know you are available to work. Log in to Carina, and click “My Profile” at the top of the screen.
Then click “Edit My Profile.”
Click on the arrow next to “No, I’m not available” and select “Yes, I’m currently available.” You can also change your status to say, “No, but I will be soon,” if that is the case.
Take a few minutes to review the other fields on your profile and update them as well:
- We encourage IPs to update their profiles with their vaccination statuses, as this is important to many people seeking care.
For more information on how to have conversations about COVID-19 vaccinations and masking, please see this post.
- Filling in as many fields as you can will also help people looking at your profile figure out whether you are compatible, before they contact you.
- A detailed list of your available times and days can cut make everyone’s job a little easier:
- It is also a good idea to let care seekers know whether you’re OK working in homes that have smokers or pets.
- Listing your hobbies and interests can be helpful as well. Care professionals and care recipients may enjoy sharing these activities during their time together, or at least chatting about them!
When you have finished updating your profile, scroll to the bottom of the page and hit “Save.”
If you are undecided or new to working in Medicaid-funded home care as an Individual Provider (IP), please see the Carina Care blog for more information, including: