5 Types of Jobs Aging Adults Can Do at Home

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Understandably, seniors typically don’t want to dive into time-consuming 9-to-5 jobs during the later years of life. Still, there may be a desire to supplement existing income or earn some extra money to achieve certain goals. One possible solution is to opt for work-from-home opportunities. Here are five ideas to suggest to an older loved one wishing to explore this possibility.

1. Counseling/Coaching

Being retired doesn’t mean seniors don’t still have important knowledge and skills others can benefit from. Thanks to Skype and other video conferencing tools that can be used from home, seniors can do coaching or counseling based on their expertise. Possibilities include:

• Life coaching
• Career coaching/counseling for college students/graduates
• Relationship guidance or counseling
• Business consulting/counseling

This type of home-based work can also be done on a schedule that’s flexible so your loved one isn’t excessively burdened. Some companies may even be willing to hire experienced seniors as paid consultants who work from home.

Seniors who work from home may benefit from having caregivers help with everyday tasks such as grocery shopping and meal preparation. Some seniors only require help with a few daily tasks so they can maintain their independence. However, those living with serious illnesses may need more extensive assistance. Luckily, there is professional live-in care Surrey, BC, seniors can rely on. Home can be a safer and more comfortable place for your loved one to live with the help of an expertly trained and dedicated live-in caregiver.

2. Selling Things on Online Platforms

Seniors can use existing online platforms like eBay and Amazon to sell things from home. Your loved one can sell various items around the home he or she may no longer need or want. Another option is to use these same platforms to set up a store page to sell things that can be made at home, like handmade art/craft items. Setup and management are usually fairly simple, and you can always lend a hand with the shipping part if your loved one needs some assistance.

3. Writing/Blogging

Older adults are welcome to earn some extra money from home and share their wisdom by submitting articles online. There are many platforms where content can be posted. Other options include guest blogging or contributing to senior-specific platforms that accept user submissions. If payment is offered, it’s usually per accepted piece.

If your parent does work at home that requires sitting for long periods, it’s important that he or she still makes time to exercise, and a home caregiver can help. Surrey at-home care experts are available to provide high-quality care to seniors on an as-needed basis. From assistance with mobility and exercise to providing transportation to the doctor’s office and social events, there are a variety of ways professional caregivers can help your aging loved one continue to live independently.

4. Baking, Cooking, or Catering

If your loved one enjoys cooking or baking, he or she may appreciate doing kitchen-based work from home. On a smaller scale, options include selling homemade baked goods to local restaurants, small shops, or bakeries. A catering service can also be operated from home. Regardless of how your loved one prefers to use his or her culinary or baking skills, make sure he or she receives assistance with more demanding tasks, which might include setting things up or making deliveries. You don’t want your loved one to get overly stressed by something that’s supposed to be enjoyable and productive.

5. Turning a Hobby into a Home-Based Business

A fun and potentially profitable way for seniors to work from home is to monetize their favorite hobbies. For some seniors, this may mean sewing custom items or making quilts. One other way to turn a hobby into a work-from-home business is to create a simple website that offers services based on hobbies, which might include:

• Remote gardening lessons presented as an online-accessible course
• A home-based photography business
• Remote art or music lessons
• A woodworking how-to video series that includes both free and paid video lessons 

Continuing to work can alleviate anxiety about finances and give aging adults a sense of purpose that provides a significant boost to their overall health. Seniors who want to remain healthy as they age can benefit in a variety of ways when they receive professional in-home care. Home Care Assistance is here to help your loved one accomplish daily tasks, prevent illness, and focus on living a healthier and more fulfilling life. Reach out to us at Home Care Assistance if you need compassionate, professional home care for your loved one. Call one of our dedicated Care Managers today at (778) 279-3634 to learn about the high quality of our in-home care services.


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