Start Working as a Companion Caregiver

Here’s everything you need to know to start working as a companion caregiver with Papa.

Have a big heart and love helping others? Working part-time as a Papa Pal could be right for you.

Interested in a flexible part-time job that helps others in your community? Here's all you need to know to start working as a companion caregiver with Papa.

Here’s everything you need to know to start working as a companion caregiver with Papa. It's a flexible part-time job that gives back.
Companion caregivers are kind, helpful, reliable, and compassionate people. No two are the same, but all are motivated to help others.

Let's dive into frequently asked questions.

What’s a companion caregiver?

Companion caregivers–called Papa Pals–help many people. They offer companionship and support to older adults and families. Papa Pals have the satisfaction of knowing that their work makes a positive difference in the lives of others.

Papa Pals set their own schedules and decide when they want to work. It's a flexible, part-time job.

If you’re a “people person” who is reliable, kind, empathetic and trustworthy, being a Papa Pal could be right for you.

What does a Papa Pal do?

The role of a Papa Pal varies from day to day. Some Papa Pals lend a hand around the house and help with errands, housekeeping and gardening. Others offer company on a walk around the neighborhood or provide transportation. All enjoy catching up and having fun conversations. It’s a great job for friendly people.

What do Papa Pals say about being a companion caregiver?

  • “The experience has been wonderfully uplifting seeing the positive impact of even the smallest of tasks with our Papa members.”
  • “I have had a great experience using this app to connect with and assist seniors in my community. I would recommend it for others looking to make a positive connection and also make some extra money.” 
  • “Me encanta conocer personas nuevas y Papa me da esa oportunidad. Muchas gracias.”
  • “It seems that all of us can always use some assistance. At times… it could be just a listening ear. Papa helps with that.”
  • “I really enjoy being able to meet and help all kinds of new people. Every day is like a new adventure.”
If you’re a “people person” who is reliable, kind, empathetic and trustworthy, being a companion caregiver could be right for you.

What makes a successful Papa Pal?

Papa Pals are kind, helpful, reliable, and compassionate people. No two Papa Pals are the same, but all successful Papa Pals are motivated to help others.

How do Papa Pals make a positive impact in their communities?

Papa Pals help make communities stronger. Think of a Papa Pal as a friendly, resourceful neighbor who lends a helping hand and offers support when needed.

All hourly jobs are important, but few are as rewarding as being a Papa Pal. It’s more than a part-time job.

Do Papa Pals offer personal care?

No, Papa Pals don't offer personal care or hands-on care. It’s a non-medical role.

How does scheduling work?

You choose when you work and how often. Shifts–or visits–are usually between 2 and 4 hours. You can browse available visits in the Pal App and select the visits that fit your schedule, up to 2 weeks in advance or at the last minute. 

What is the hourly rate?

Rates are between $13 and $16 an hour depending on your location — plus bonuses. When bonuses apply, you could earn up to $25 an hour.

How does Papa process payments?

Papa sends payments directly to your bank account using a payment service called Tipalti. There are no transaction fees.

How often will I get paid?

You can expect payments within 2 business days after completing a visit.

What about mileage?

Papa pays for your commute mileage to and from your visits. When you provide transportation, such as a ride to and from a doctor's appointment, Papa pays that mileage as well. The rate is based on your location.

How can I apply?

Click here to apply. You’ll need an ID like a driver’s license or state ID card. If you plan to provide transportation, you'll also need a copy of your car insurance. 

Then, we'll run a background check. (Papa pays for the background check.) As soon as you’re cleared, you can move onto the next step and schedule your first visit. It takes 1 to 2 weeks to get approved.

Ready to start working as a companion caregiver?

We’re excited that you want to be a Papa Pal! Click here to apply.