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Jobs To Earn Cash Fast - Home Care worker

Updated on April 3, 2012

Jobs to Earn Cash Fast - Home care Worker

This is the third in a series of articles on jobs to earn cash fast, and focusses on working as a home care worker. In the current economic climate, many of us need money in a hurry, and working as a health care worker can bring a wage in within a week to a month.

The first two articles focussed on working as a residential or nursing home care worker and an agency care worker. click on the highlighted links to read these articles.

There are fewer home care agencies than nursing agencies, but they all need good, reliable carers and the best place to find an agency is to look in the yellow pages and see which ones are local to you.

Nature of the Work

 Home care workers are employed by an agency to visit people in their own homes who can no longer manage without some sort of help.  The work may be as quick and simple as a safety check and making a cup of tea for an elderly person, to more complex work caring for someone who is dying.

The majority of people have one visit a day, but others may need two to four visits.

Requirements for the Job


  1. No educational qualifications required. All training given is ‘on the job.’ Most employers provide really good training and will encourage you to undertake NVQ study if you wish. 
  2. You need to be reliable – turn up when you are supposed to.
  3. You need to be prepared to work HARD.
  4. Empathy.  You must be kind to the people you are looking after.  They are people, not packages.
  5. Police check.  Within the first month, the agency should run a police check on you to see whether you have any convictions or are on any police register.  You can sometimes still work while this is being run, but some agencies may make you wait until they receive the confirmation that you are squeaky clean.
  6. Transport.  As you will be travelling to different places for your work, it’s important that you have access to some form of transport.


Rates of Pay

Most home care agencies pay around £6.00 per hour, with an enhancement for evening and weekend work, so working a sunday could pay around £8.00 per hour.  Mileage is also paid, which is enough to cover petrol, wear and tear, plus a little profit to add to your wage.  If you have a visit a long way out of your usual patch, negotiate, because some agencies will agree to pay you a bonus if you will take the visit. 

Shift Patterns

Home care work takes place during the day and evening. The majority of visits are in the morning, beginning about 8am and these usually run into the lunch time visits. You then usually have a little gap for a meal etc, then begin afternoon and evening visits. The last evening visits are around 10pm.

Most agencies will let you choose which days you wish to work, and whether you work weekends and bank holidays.

Advantages of Home Care Jobs

Freedom. You have the freedom of working on your own and being able to organise your own visits to some extent, however, you need to be a confident person.

Choice of shifts. You have some choice over when you will work and how far you are prepared to travel.

Weekly pay. Most agencies still pay weekly, so you don't have to wait a whole month for your first wage packet.

Caseload.  The more reliable you are, the more work the company will give you.  There is currently a big push for people to be looked after at home, rather than to go into a nursing or residential home, so this is an area of work that will continue to expand over the next few years.


 Time.  Agencies are paid by Social Services for face-to-face visits only, so this is what they pay you.  Your travel time is not paid.  Most agencies will try to group your visits together, but sometimes you will have to travel a little distance to reach someone, which puts pressure on you to complete your other visits quickly in order to fit everyone in.

Pay.  It's not possible to earn as much working home care as it is working via a nursing agency, although the work is more reliable.

Nevertheless, if you need jobs to earn cash fast, home care worker could be right up your street.  it's well worth looking into.


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      Caridad Morales 6 years ago

      Hi Im a single mother & I will like to work taking senior care at their home or minds I have experience doing this job 3 yrs.. I need a home job earn fast to support my family I have girls twins their 3 months old & the daycare are very exp.. Im very interested & I love to work with others Im very friendly person... & please contact me 305879-5712

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      Jim 7 years ago

      I saw some basic information on . It looks like a demanding job

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      Jim 7 years ago

      I saw some basic information. It looks like a demanding job

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      Georgina_writes 7 years ago from Dartmoor

      Thanks Happyboomernurse - I did the job myself for a year so I know what it's like to be in that situation. Glad you liked the article.

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      Gail Sobotkin 7 years ago from South Carolina

      I was a Public Health Nurse for many years and supervised the home health aides. I had a lot of respect for them. The work was hard, the pay was low but the compassion, patience and dedication of most of our workers was high. The few who didn't exhibit good work ethics and compassion did not last long and could generally be spotted quickly. Thanks for this informative article.

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      Georgina_writes 7 years ago from Dartmoor

      Thanks seainland - funnily I said all of that in my disadvantages paragraph. Nevertheless different companies pay more, and there are shift bonused for out of hours, Saturday and Sunday rates, that make the job worthwhile.

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      seainland 7 years ago

      It's NOT well paid, because they say they will give you £6 an hour, but if you travel 15 mins to the next client then you'll not work a full hour. Usually over a 7 hour shift you will only be paid for 5 hours, because the other time is spent travelling or breaks where a client has cancelled due to going into hospital (very regular), dying (also regular) or have family visiting and don't want to have carers that day etc

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      Georgina_writes 7 years ago from Dartmoor

      you're welcome, Laura. Hope you find what you want out there.

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      Laura Thykeson 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks for the hub! I was glad to find this, as I am thinking about pursuing this very job part time. Thanks for enlightening me on all that is involved!

      Laura T.

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      Georgina_writes 7 years ago from Dartmoor

      Thanks loveofnight, I found it rewarding too, although not as lucrative as agency careworker.

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      loveofnight 7 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

      this is something that i use to do some years ago, it can be rewarding.

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      Georgina_writes 7 years ago from Dartmoor

      Thanks Healthy Hanna.

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      HealthyHanna 7 years ago from Utah

      Good hubs. I will pass them along as I find people who needs them. We all need a way to pay the bills.

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      Georgina_writes 7 years ago from Dartmoor

      Thank you Hello, hello. Well, it worked for me for a while, when I needed some cash.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Great idea and thank you for the suggestion.