Is a Career in Assisted Living Right for Me?

Is a Career in Assisted Living Right for Me?

By the year 2030, when all the boomers will have passed the age of 65, 20 percent of the US population will be comprised of people over the age of 65. This means there will be many jobs that need to be filled in the assisted living industry for many years to come. But is a career in assisted living the right one for you?

If you take pleasure in helping others, this could be the career you are looking for. If you enjoy receiving a smile of thanks for something you’ve done, this may be the job for you. If you really want to make a difference in someone else’s life, you’ll definitely get the opportunity to do so with a career in assisted living.

Career Choices in Assisted Living

You may be wondering what types of careers are available in an assisted living environment. But, you’ll be amazed as you consider all the options from which to choose.

Hourly positions, both part- and full-time, are available. Some positions allow for flexible scheduling of hours. Others may require you be available to work various shifts. Some require previous training or experience, while yet others provide on-the-job training.

Some hourly job opportunities include caregiving, medication management, activities and life enrichment coordinator, kitchen staff, housekeeping and maintenance.

Nursing is another assisted living career choice and one that may be hourly. Positions for LPNs, LVNs and RNs are often available, both full- and part-time. Nurses are needed to ensure the health and wellness of residents. Nurses oversee the health of the residents and provide their expertise in the development of care plans to promote independence, health and quality of life.

Careers in sales offer you opportunities to interact with people outside the assisted living community. Sales careers allow you to acquaint them with the assisted living community for which you work, helping them understand how the community can meet their needs or the needs of a family member.

Management careers are also available. From managing a department within an assisted living community, to area and regional management opportunities. With the proper training, a career in assisted living can carry you far.

As you see, many assisted living career options are available from which you may choose. Some career paths afford you more interactions with residents. Some enable you to travel. Some require degrees and offer more advancement potential. Essentially, the choices are many and the sky is the limit. Once you determine what is important to you concerning a career, you’ll have a better idea if an assisted living career is right for you, and then, which one may be the perfect choice for you.

Things to Ask Yourself

Here are a few things to consider when trying to determine if an assisted living career is right for you.

  • Do you enjoy making a difference in someone else’s life?
  • Do you enjoy being around older individuals and feel you get along well with a variety of older individuals?
  • Do you like doing little things for someone else to make their day better?
  • Do you find satisfaction in a job well done and in making someone smile?
  • Do you have patience? This will be especially important when dealing with a dementia affected population.
  • Are you a compassionate person?

If you’re interested in caregiving or nursing, you also need to consider:

  • Do you enjoy lots of one-on-one interaction with others, especially seniors?
  • Are you comfortable helping others with tasks such toileting, bathing and wound dressing?
  • Are you willing to do whatever needs to be done to help someone get through their day?

Very few careers will tug at your heartstrings as will an assisted living career. Because you’re intimately involved with them, you become attached to them, often just like you would a family member. You share their lives, their joys and their sorrows. You experience great satisfaction as you help make their lives better, one small task at a time.

Consider Volunteering at Gull Creek

If you want to explore an assisted living career without making a huge commitment or decision, consider volunteering at an assisted living community. Senior living communities welcome volunteers; plus, volunteering enables you to interact with the same population you would be serving should you choose to make it your career. If you are interested in helping us make a difference in someone else’s life by volunteering, give us a call and we’ll be happy to visit with you about it.

Gull Creek (That’s us!) has been named Best Assisted Living Provider in Worcester County in Coastal Style Magazine’s Best of 2017 and 2017 Best Assisted Living Service from Berlin to Ocean City by The Metropolitan Magazine. If you are looking for a great place to build your career or call home, contact us to learn more.