Are you missing the opportunity to work in the area of assisted living? This is a very growing field of employment because the senior population is exploding what with the Baby Boomer Generation being a part of the senior generation now. There are many rewarding assisted living jobs that may appeal to a wide assortment of individuals because there are many different types of jobs that are needed to make an assisted living facility run smoothly. There are jobs in the medical care field such as nurses, laundry staff, food service staff, and people skilled at keeping the grounds of the assisted living facility looking nice. There is also a need for individuals trained to work in management positions and to work in the office of these facilities. Assisted living centers also need workers skilled at handling problems that may arise with patients or their families. There is always a ton of paperwork that needs to be handled in a facility of this nature on a daily basis so people skilled at preparing medical forms, accounting forms and patient care forms are also needed to work at assisted living facilities.
Some of these same job needs can be found by those seeking employment in nursing home jobs too but the nursing home environment is often more stressful for the worker than working in an assisted living center because nursing home patients are often suffering from dementia, terminally ill or have extreme medical needs all of which can lead to high staff turnover. The patients/residents living at an assisted living center do not have the same level of medical care needs as a nursing home patient because they are capable of living independently requiring only supervision by the staff of the assisted living facility and therefore the job is less stressful on the employees.
Jobs in senior assisted living centers can be rewarding because there are more opportunities to interact with those who live there and it is possible to forge interpersonal relationships with those you work with on a daily basis. Because the residents are capable of doing much of their own care, are more alert and require less medical intervention than nursing home residents staff can enjoy relating to them better than you can nursing home patients who usually are either comatose or suffer from dementia not knowing who anyone is even family members. Individuals living in assisted living centers are usually there for long periods of time and if workers are employed for longer periods of time (due to less turnover than nursing homes) the opportunities to build relationships between resident and staff are greater.
Although you need a caring heart and compassionate personality to work with seniors the level of independence that these residents have makes your job easier and more rewarding than if you did the same job description in a nursing home. You lose more patients to death in a nursing home so if you are not comfortable with dealing with death, but still desire to work with the elderly, it may be a more rewarding career move for you to look for jobs in senior assisted living centers.