Working in retirement can be personally and financially rewarding when you find a job that plays to your strengths.
It’s no secret that many people who work in retirement want more from their jobs than a paycheck. They want their retirement job to be different — to have a sense of purpose. But ask any job seeker and they’ll tell you: it’s a challenge to find a part-time retirement job that’s both fulfilling and financially rewarding.
If you’re searching for flexible part-time retirement work but want something more, maybe it’s time to consider working as a companion caregiver. It’s a non-medical job that focuses on supporting older adults and families in your community.
Companion caregiving isn’t heavy lifting or hands-on health care. It’s a role where you can use your lifetime of experience to help others.
Find a part-time retirement job that gives back
Part-time companion caregivers for organizations like Papa are called Papa Pals. When you’re a Papa Pal, you can choose the type of work—or visit with Papa Members—that you do. Here are some examples of visits, which typically last 2 to 4 hours.
- Company: In a word, being a Papa Pal is all about companionship. You’ll be a friend to talk to. You'll focus on friendship and fellowship.
- Activities and exercise: Discover great walks in the neighborhood, visit a park, do some meal prep, or help with a crafting project. You’ll encourage a Papa Member to engage in activities.
- Light housekeeping or gardening: Wipe down the counters, tidy up the flower beds, change a lightbulb or hang a painting. You can help make a house or apartment feel more like home.
- Technology support: Have fun on social media, give a Messenger tutorial, or explore how to stream and watch movies. You can help a Papa member stay connected by teaching basic tech.
- Care access: Provide a drive to the doctor’s, offer support visiting the optometrist’s, or pick up prescriptions at the pharmacy. You’ll help to ensure that Papa members get the care they need.
When you’re a Papa Pal, you’ll put your life experience to good use, whether that’s experience running a house and raising a family, volunteering in your community, or helping run a business or charity. People from all walks of life love being Papa Pals. They also love the flexibility the role offers.
Choose a job that fits around your schedule
As a Papa Pal, you can fit the job around your schedule, so you don’t miss out on retirement activities and family or community events.
Because being a Papa Pal is flexible; you can work a little extra when it’s convenient for you. It’s a great way to save up for vacations, family milestones like weddings and graduations, donations to charities and nonprofit organizations, and expenses such as moving and relocating.
Take your job on the road
The beauty of being a companion caregiver with Papa is that once you get approved, you can work almost anywhere across the country. So, if your retirement plans include a temporary or permanent move, it’s easy to start working again in your new location.
The hourly rate for working as a Papa Pal ranges between $13 and $16, depending on where you live. In New York State, for example, it’s $16. Across the country in Washington State, it’s $15. Papa also offers bonuses and incentives. When bonuses apply, you could earn $25 an hour.
Do work you love in retirement
Being a Papa Pal is work that retirees enjoy doing. This is work that gives back to the community.
In addition to earning extra money, working as a Papa Pal has many other benefits, including keeping you active and connected with your community. It can also be personally fulfilling work that satisfies your desire to continue to be productive and give back — a desire that doesn’t go away when you retire.
Every Papa Pal makes a difference. When you become a Papa Pal, you’ll positively impact the lives of others in both small and big ways.