Home health care is one of the fastest growing job sectors in America, but you don't have to be a retired nurse to find part-time work as a caregiver to the elderly or disabled. Patient advocates are non-medical home health care workers who assist homebound individuals with all of their daily tasks, like preparing meals, bathing, getting dressed, filling prescriptions, giving rides to doctors appointments and more [source: Johnson].
If you don't have a nursing background, you might need to attend a year-long training program. After that, you can apply to work part-time with a large agency like Home Instead or Comfort Keepers, or you can offer your services to local assisted living homes or even directly to individuals in your neighborhood. Full-time patient advocates can earn between $32,000 and $52,000 a year [source: Money].