If you’ve never worked with older adults, you may be missing out on an experience that can change your life for the better.
Individuals who work in senior living communities often feel that they get back as much or more than they give. In return for providing compassionate care, employees have the opportunity to learn from the wisdom and knowledge that seniors offer.
Staff in senior living organizations often form lasting bonds with community residents, and they grow from getting to know people who have diverse life experiences and approach life with innovation, intelligence, creativity and humor. These employees take pride in their work, knowing that they make a difference every day.
What to Consider When Looking for an Employer
What should individuals interested in a senior living career look for in an employer? First, consider the core values of the organization. Is the community committed to honoring older adults as individuals, providing compassionate care, respecting dignity and improving quality of life?
Organizational culture also is important. Seek out a senior living community that promotes a spirit of teamwork and respect for all staff members. Benefits and opportunities for growth also should rank high on the list to consider. While compensation matters in overall job satisfaction, benefits such as tuition reimbursement and opportunities for continuing education also play a vital role.
What types of positions are available in senior living? Communities serving older adults offer a variety of opportunities across a range of disciplines, including hospitality, health care, resident services, activities and wellness.
For example, dining departments hire servers, dishwashers, chefs and other staff members to provide nutritious and delicious meals each day. Health care services require nurses, nursing assistants, social workers and others to provide compassionate support to older adults.
At Elder Care Alliance, People Power Our Work
Elder Care Alliance has provided trusted senior living and memory care services for more than two decades in California. One of our communities, Mercy Retirement & Care Center, has been dedicated to the spiritual, emotional and physical well-being of seniors since 1872.
Our corporate mission centers around the belief that regardless of age, everyone can maintain their vitality and creativity. Our team works diligently every day to erase boundaries, increase empowerment and engagement, and help seniors thrive.
Our communities are located throughout and beyond the California Bay Area — in Oakland, San Rafael, San Mateo, San Francisco and Camarillo. At Elder Care Alliance, our philosophy is that regardless of age, each individual has the ability to remain vital and creative. Every day, we work to erase the boundaries around age as we positively affect lives.