This job requires the auditor to go place to place in a timely fashion in order to visit clients. You perform audits at the location where the senior resides. The senior(s) must be present, so careful scheduling is a must.
The auditor must have reliable transportation and a back-up plan if that reliable transportation becomes unreliable. Get on good terms with someone who will allow you to use their car in a pinch or have a rental car company on speed dial. If you are a New York City resident become familiar with the public transportation stations in the area(s) you will be servicing. Save the taxi fare for emergencies.
This is a technology based business. If you wish to be taken seriously; work efficiently, get reports out promptly, and remain competitive. A smart phone or tablet with wireless internet access are required tools of the trade. Basic computer and internet skills, including emailing with attachments is fundamental. Sure, paper and pen and snail mail will get the job done, but is that really the image you want to project? Who do you think will want to use you over the guy who can get the report out and delivered before leaving the house?
Auditing can be a full or part-time activity. Employers generally offer part-time positions because the number of hours worked is contingent upon the number of clients available to be serviced as well as the number of auditors in their pool of employees. Independent auditors will probably find that their work week is at least full time.
Auditors must be able read, write and speak English (or the language in the country/province you are servicing), preferably fluently. Seniors cannot hear well and will struggle with trying to understand someone without clear diction and confidence in their speech. Auditors with multi-lingual capabilities, will of course, be in greater demand, enjoy a larger client base and possibly higher pay.
It helps to have a natural tendency to be observant, thorough and detailed in your analysis and record keeping. But if you can at least completely fill in checklists and learn a few tricks of the trade you can make up for any natural weakness in this area. This is a position of great responsibility and you will be held accountable for overlooking issues which should have been brought to light.
For more information about getting certified as an auditor view the CertifiedCare Complete Certification program at http://certifiedcare.org/.
For information about how you can get involved with minimizing elder abuse and spreading the word about caregiver education through your community visit http://sraction.org/.
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