Why a Career in Senior Care?
July 8, 2022
By Danielle Andersen
5 Benefits that Make it Worth Exploring
Working with older adults is a unique and important healthcare path. A career in senior care teaches many valuable skills that can be applied across the healthcare continuum.
1) You Can Enter at Any Level
Senior living communities offer career options for all levels of skill and education. They range from entry-level positions that require minimal formal education, such as Care Attendants, all the way to those requiring higher levels of certification, such as Registered Nurses (RN). Anyone looking to start or change their career can work their way up by earning professional credentials and work experience.
Job opportunities in aging services can consist of any of the following roles:
- Culinary arts
- Dining services
- Office administration
2) Opportunities for Growth & Professional Development
While there are opportunities for healthcare professionals, there are also many opportunities for young or entry-level workers, and there’s no telling what growth opportunities may arise. You have access to leading-edge technologies, specialized skills training, experience in supervision and opportunities for advancement. Many organizations, including Knute Nelson, offer scholarships to help you advance in your career. It is not uncommon for employees to complete a certification or degree debt free. What a great way to build a solid foundation for a bright financial future.
3) Flexible Scheduling
Care is needed 24/7 so that leaves a schedule that can fit anyone’s needs. Once on the job, you have the flexibility to pick up shifts, allowing you to work when it works best for you. In certain divisions, you can even create your own schedule. For example, as a Physical Therapist, you have the flexibility to schedule patient visits around your family activities. Work/life balance brings a high level of work satisfaction.
4) Ability to Make a Difference
Dealing with the progression of age can be a challenge for some older adults. You can have a positive impact on their life by supporting them through this change. Building a relationship with them and their family, and supporting their well-being can significantly increase their quality of life.
5) Rewarding and Fun!
Working with seniors can help drive you to be more compassionate than you thought possible. As a caregiver, you can enjoy the stories, experiences and humor of those you care for. Helping improve their quality of life so they can enjoy their ideal lifestyle can be rewarding. Along the way, you’ll discover that seniors have the ability to enrich your life as well. There also is a variety of activities and entertainment available for all to enjoy. Helping them through a game of bingo, singing carols alongside them and making crafts together can be fun!
It’s time to reward yourself and take advantage of these benefits by checking out our openings. Find your career match at knutenelson.org/careers.