What is an Au-Pair for Seniors programme?
This is an Au pair who would have much the same duties as an Au pair for children. However, they would provide companionship for an elderly person. It is a non-medical, in-home care option for seniors, who need assistance with daily living.
This is the perfect option for an au pair who does not have much childcare experience or who has a low level of English. Most families would like an au pair for senior to supervise and report if there is a problem particularly at night time.
The au pair for senior programme can be taken with or without language classes. If the au pair would like to take classes she needs to commit before she arrives and will be expected to stay in the classes until she leaves the family. The au pair for senior programme is perfect for girls/boys who might have little or no experience with children but would like to join the au pair experience. It is also available to much older applicants as long as they are fit and healthy.
It can also work for applicants with a lower level of English.
The au pair for seniors receive a slightly higher amount of pocket money than traditional au pairs.
The role of the au pair for senior is mostly easier than the standard au pair because the emphasis is on the au pair providing company to the senior person which means the au pair will get to practice her English a lot.
There are duties that the au pair will be expected to do to help the senior so anything from shopping, dusting, preparing meals etc. This really is a great programme for au pairs and is perfectly suitable for most applicants who are patient, tolerant and friendly. It is of paramount importance that the au pairs have the right personality and that they are kind and caring.
How to Apply?
What will be expected from an Au pair looking after a senior?
The Au pair will have a list of duties and responsibilities. He/she will also be provided with a timetable at the beginning of the week. The primary function is to treat the senior man or woman with respect and be a companion for them. House work can be difficult for seniors so help is also needed with that.
Most families will tailor a package to suit their specific needs; below are a list of typical duties that would be expected of an Au pair within their working hours:
Conversation and companionship
Organise outings to church, neighbours and shopping
Accompanying on hospital or doctor appointments
Reading to or assisting with reading
Writing letters, birthday cards etc.
Assist with clothing selection and personal grooming
Answering the phone; taking messages
Assisting with entertaining
Preparing and serving meals
Washing, ironing of clothes and bed linen
Care of household pets
Putting out the bins
Assistance going to bed and assistance getting out of bed.
What qualifications do Au pairs require?
Any experience in a ‘career’ capacity will really help. Au pairs must have some relevant experience and/or knowledge of how to treat and care for an elderly person. A driver’s license is very helpful but not essential.
Au pairs will receive
A place to sleep and three meals a day (prepared by the Au pair).They will have the opportunity to improve their English by speaking with a native speaker.
Au pair for Seniors
Au-Pair Companion (30h/week) - €110/week
Au-Pair Minder (35h/week) - €120/week
Au-Pair Plus (40h/week) - €130/week
Demi Au pair for Seniors
Demi Au-Pair Companion (15h/week) - €70-80/week
Demi Au-Pair Minder (20h/week) - €70-80/week
Demi Au-Pair Plus (25h/week) - €70-80/week