Top Reasons You Should Be a Papa Pal

Discover the many benefits of a flexible role as a companion caregiver, and how you can help make a difference in the lives of older adults and families.

Top reasons you should be a Papa Pal including togetherness.

Giving back to others is good for you—mind, body and soul! Non-medical companionship caregiving jobs are no exception, providing meaningful work with fair pay. If you’re looking for a job you can feel good about, consider becoming a Papa Pal.

Being a Papa Pal is considered one of the top companionship caregiving jobs, offering flexible work that fits your busy schedule and an unmatched sense of fulfillment. You’ll get to connect with people in your community and make a difference in the lives of others.

What is a Papa Pal?

Papa Pals provide assistance with everyday, non-medical tasks, including laundry, transportation, pet care, exercise and recreation, meal prep and cooking, and light housework. But one of your most important jobs will be to offer socialization and companionship.

If you’re fairly tech-savvy, you can also help by teaching seniors about technology, including smartphones, computers, and tablets. You might find it especially fulfilling to teach seniors how to use Facetime or create a video chat on their computer to connect face-to-face with their children or grandchildren if they can’t see them in person. You can help make their life easier and more convenient by showing them how to pay bills or order groceries online. And you can make sure they are protected by warning them about internet scams and hoaxes. Show them the red flags to look out for, and you can both have greater peace of mind when they use the internet independently.

Get set for a career in health care

Male nursing student learning valuable lessons in senior care from being a Papa Pal.

Nursing students and others interested in a career in health care may enjoy the Papa Pal experience as a way to get their feet wet before embarking on a decades-long career of fulfilling work caring for others. You’ll learn valuable lessons in connecting with older adults and community members in an empathetic way that preserves their dignity and helps them continue to feel like valued members of society. If you aren’t sure if a long-term career in this field is right for you, Papa offers a fun, engaging way to decide.

How helping others helps you

Non-medical companionship caregiving jobs tend to be fulfilling work. You already know it’s beneficial to the people you’ll spend time with. But did you know becoming a Papa Pal is also good for you?

1. Make new friends

As a Papa Pal, you’ll have an important role in the life of our members and their family. You’ll widen your social horizons and learn how to interact with different demographics–young and old. You can make new friends while you experience the rewarding work of helping someone maintain a sense of well-being.

2. Stress less

Work that challenges you to give back to your community is good for your mental health. Fulfilling work can give you a sense of purpose and add to your happiness.

3. Build your confidence

Maybe you need to develop your “people skills” to work with your future patients as a caregiver or nurse. Learning how to handle emotional situations, as well as day-to-day tasks, is all part of caregiving. As a Papa Pal, you’ll have one on one interaction with seniors in your care, and as you gain experience, your confidence will increase.

4. Stay physically active

Papa Pal walking with members to stay physically active.

Senior companionship caregiving jobs can help prevent a sedentary lifestyle—a common problem for all ages.

Daily walks, sightseeing tours or even shopping are good for both of you from a health and mental health perspective.

Who knows? You might even decide to take a tai chi or yoga class together, staying fit while connecting in unique ways.

5. Learn something new

You’ll learn empathy, understanding, and responsibility in your role with Papa.

All of this knowledge will help make you not just a better companion caregiver, but a more well-rounded person. And that could help you in every area of life.

Interested in joining us? Read our Top 10 Reasons to Work as a Companion Caregiver and get started on your application.

Papa offers companionship caregiving opportunities throughout the United States. If you’re interested in meaningful work with a flexible schedule, we’re looking for you! Join Papa today.