Five Benefits of a Senior Living Career
It seems like “Now Hiring” signs are in storefronts everywhere these days. If you are looking for a new job or a job change, choose wisely. Consider what you are passionate about and look for an opportunity with room to grow and advance.
Have you considered a career in senior living?
Senior living communities offer older adults various living options such as independent living, assisted living and/or memory support. As such, senior living communities employ lots of people in a variety of rewarding roles—from caregivers to culinarians to administration and everything in between. There are career opportunities that can appeal to people with different education levels, training, preferences and experiences.
The appealing thing about working in senior living is that no matter what your role, you can enjoy financial stability, job growth, human connection and a rewarding experience.
Five Benefits of Working in Senior Living
1. Human Connection – First and foremast, a job in senior living provides the chance to connect with the older adults in meaningful and fulfilling ways. You get to know the residents on a personal level and benefit from their lifetime of acquired wisdom. While sharing jokes, recipes, family stories or chess strategies, you can form lasting bonds and real intergenerational friendships.
2. Rewarding Work – You can make a positive difference in someone’s life every day. Whether it’s cooking together in the kitchen, singing together while housekeeping, or helping someone re-gain strength and balance in the gym, at the end of your shift you can feel good knowing that you helped brighten someone else’s day.
3. Warm, Inviting Environment – Instead of working in an office cubicle, your workday takes place in dining rooms, community rooms, fitness centers and private apartment homes. You have the privilege of serving older adults where they live, and, as such, you get to enjoy a comfortable, home-like environment while on the clock.
4. Stability – Senior living is a growing and thriving industry. As the Baby Boomers generation approaches retirement age and beyond, the demand for senior living will continue to increase as will the demand for senior living professionals. Those with experience working with older adults are likely to have multiple opportunities and the upper hand when applying for a job in the industry.
5. Advancement Opportunities – Once you have your foot in the door of a community, you can see what other career paths in senior living may interest you and learn what education and training is required to advance. Some senior living providers, such as Pathway to Living, offer team members access to and reimbursement for continuing education and make a practice of promoting from within the organization when appropriate.
To learn more about career opportunities with Pathway to Living visit us at Pathway to Living.