Senior Care Jobs

5 Steps to Attaining a Senior Care Job

Those who work in senior care should be appreciated and recognized for their willingness to help seniors live quality lives. Senior care takes place under several circumstances. The senior who desires to maintain independence can live at home with assistance from a home care agency. The agency might provide light housekeeping services, meal preparation or assist with bathing and grooming. Other seniors might need an assisted living residential setting where help is available 24/7. Then there are those who benefit from living in skilled nursing facilities. Regardless of a senior’s needs, having the right people who are genuinely interested in providing senior care is essential to the success of senior care. Those who have the right balance of compassion and skill are sorely needed by senior care organizations. For those who desire senior care jobs, the following five steps are important for attaining one.

  1. Get the training required to work in a senior care position: Senior care positions generally include registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and certified nursing assistants. The individual interested in an entry-level senior care position might seek certification as a nursing assistant. These certification programs can usually be completed within six months. After the classroom portion of the program is complete, the graduate takes a state exam to become certified. Licensed practical nurses or licensed vocational nurses can complete a diploma program in about a year, after which they can sit for the licensing exams. Registered nursing credential takes from two to four years to complete and graduates take state exams to qualify as registered nurses.
  2. Get advice from others who work in the field: A person interested in working in senior care should talk with others about working in the field to get a feel for what a typical day is like. Visiting senior care programs such as assisted living centers, nursing homes, and home health care agencies can provide some insight into the duties. Volunteering for a senior care organization is an additional way to get hands-on experience in the field.
  3. Network with people who work in senior care: Networking can put aspiring senior care workers in touch with persons who are responsible for hiring. A person who is already working with a facility will also know when openings become available — usually before the jobs are advertised to the general public.
  4. Put together a winning resume: The resume should outline experience, education, and interests. Even the person who has no prior senior care experience may have worked or volunteered for other organizations. Most organizations will also require an application. Applications should be complete and free of errors. Attention to detail in the application or resume is an indicator of pride in a job well done.
  5. Ask trusted people to provide references: Competition is keen for jobs in every profession. Often, references or recommendations can make the difference in a hiring decision when two people demonstrate equal skill levels. Persons employed in assisted living are expected to be of good character and compassionate. References should describe not only an individual’s skills, but should be a testament to one’s character.