Giving back to others is good for you—mind, body and soul! And non-medical senior caregiving jobs are no exception. If you’re a nursing or healthcare student and you’re looking for a job you can feel good about, you should consider becoming a Papa Pal.

What is a Papa Pal?

With this unique job role, you’ll be providing an amazing experience to seniors in your community. This includes assistance with daily tasks, as well as socialization. Your Papa Pal duties are specific non-medical tasks your elderly care companion needs help with, including laundry, transportation to medical appointments, cooking and light housework. Papa Pals also “pal” around with their seniors, and often play games, go for walks or help them with arts and craft projects. It’s a fun and engaging way to help another person while experiencing firsthand what senior assistance and care is all about!

How helping others helps you

Rewarding work, like non-medical caregiving jobs, is beneficial to the seniors you’ll spend time with. But did you know they’re good for you, too? Here’s why:

  • Make new friends. As a Papa Pal, you’ll have a role in the life of your member and their family. To build social connections, it’s good to interact with all different people—both young and old. You can make new friends while you experience the rewarding work of helping someone maintain a sense of well-being.
  • Stress less. Work that challenges you to give back to your community is good for your mental health—it can give you a sense of purpose, add to your happiness and even help combat depression. All of this can help you reduce stress and breathe a little easier.
  • Build your confidence. Maybe you’re heading towards graduation and feel you need to develop your “people skills” to be able to work with your future patients. As a Papa Pal, you’ll have 1:1 interaction with your member, and as you gain experience, you’ll find your confidence increase!
  • Stay physically active. Helping out with daily activities will keep you on your toes. Senior caregiving jobs will help you keep moving and avoid being sedentary—a common problem for students who often find themselves behind a computer screen or buried in a book.
  • Learn something new. Though Papa Pals don’t fulfill any medical or home health tasks, you can still learn skills that will help you in your career. Simply making time to be a good communicator through listening and sharing is an important skill for a professional in the healthcare field. What other skills will you gain?

Interested in joining us?

Papa offers senior caregiving opportunities in South Florida for nursing and healthcare students. If you’re interested in a rewarding, feel-good job, we’re looking for you! Register to be a Papa Pal today!

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