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Without breaking the forum rules about advertising, I'm wondering if there is a need in the Moissac area for a professional live-in (or out) caregiver/nurse?

I see that the UK has many agencies that specialise in providing home carers for the elderly who may have Alzheimers or other dementia but I've not been able to find a similar agency in France.

I would love to come to France, at least to see what life there is like. I'm from South Africa and have friends living in Moissac.
 

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Hi Bev,
I've just taken a look at the linked site but this refers to the Nurse-Aide profession (mostly hospital and clinic employed) which is different from the elderly care work I'm looking to do. I don't particularly want to go back to conventional nursing or paramedic work; which has been my job since dinosaurs roamed the streets.

Perhaps UK is the way to go... it's a pity though, France is very attractive to me. I'm very grateful to you for your fast reply Bev, thanks again.
 

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No qualifications required but as you will see, you can follow a training course and obtain a certificate which would of course be useful for getting a job.

There is a very great need for auxiliaires de vie, as there are more and more people needing assistance to stay in their home.

Some are employed by the local Mairies, there are also associations which employ them, but there is nothing to stop you becoming an auto-entrepreneur and finding work yourself.

However you need good French!

And of course I'm not sure what your situation would be regarding visas etc.
 

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Dear Verite, thank you again for your intelligent comment and friendly response. Unfortunately I have NO French at all, and I can see that will be a huge drawback. I had the idea of perhaps looking after English speaking expats, but no doubt I would still need to communicate with doctors and pharmacies, and this might prove to be the biggest hurdle! The visa situation would possibly be less of a problem with an EU passport I'm told, but sadly, the language barrier may be an insurmountable problem.
 

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Dear Verite, thank you again for your intelligent comment and friendly response. Unfortunately I have NO French at all, and I can see that will be a huge drawback. I had the idea of perhaps looking after English speaking expats, but no doubt I would still need to communicate with doctors and pharmacies, and this might prove to be the biggest hurdle! The visa situation would possibly be less of a problem with an EU passport I'm told, but sadly, the language barrier may be an insurmountable problem.
You don't necessarily need French to work independently in the area of assisting in the home. There are numerous people who come from English speaking countries who travel to France or want to travel or live in France (and speak French) and have a disability. Obviously people in these circumstances wouldn't be elderly but I don't think that is your sole priority. I suggest you firmly establish what visa needs you have, whether you need to work live-in or not, your own housing needs/potential and investigate the auto entrepreneur option and/or other ways you can be employed privately. Then advertise on English (France & other countries) job sites stating what you offer. I would ensure you have firm references etc and be prepared for Skype interviews and the potential of a trial period.
 

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Thanks Sandra, these are also good points you've raised. I feel more hopeful about the whole thing now. I will definitely discuss all these issues pointed out in this thread with my French friends and see what they think. I'm grateful to everyone who's posted here.
 

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You don't necessarily need French to work independently in the area of assisting in the home. There are numerous people who come from English speaking countries who travel to France or want to travel or live in France (and speak French) and have a disability. Obviously people in these circumstances wouldn't be elderly but I don't think that is your sole priority. I suggest you firmly establish what visa needs you have, whether you need to work live-in or not, your own housing needs/potential and investigate the auto entrepreneur option and/or other ways you can be employed privately. Then advertise on English (France & other countries) job sites stating what you offer. I would ensure you have firm references etc and be prepared for Skype interviews and the potential of a trial period.
Not impossible to get by without French but extremely difficult. Even someone working independently needs a minimum of contact with the French administration and while many people speak some English, you cannot count on it.

Registering as an auto-entrepreneur alone requires a number of forms to be completed.

Lastly, while you may find work with English speakers you will have a far wider choice of jobs in a given area if you speak French too unless you are prepared to be very mobile.
 
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