26 Jul Working with Seniors – 7 Reasons Why It’s Rewarding
Hello, Today I’m going to share my working experience of working with seniors or elderly people and the reasons that satisfy me about my current job.
In this blog, we’ll explore the rewarding aspects of working with seniors. A career in a senior living community offers valuable opportunities, from healthcare to education and administration. Discover 7 reasons why you should consider working with seniors and how it can positively impact your life.
Joining a growing organization is a great way to advance your career. Plus some communities — like Friendship Village — offer tuition reimbursement to help you along the way. Working with seniors can help drive you to be more compassionate than you thought possible, increase your efficiency, and inspire greater patience. It can also help create a more profound sense of gratitude for your own life and loved ones.
There are a lot of different career paths available at a senior living community to help improve residents’ quality of life. For example, you could become an activities director — where you’ll design and lead programs to increase their physical health and overall happiness.
When it’s your job to help people, you have clear evidence every day that you’re making a difference. Plus, like most people of any age, seniors appreciate and look forward to opportunities for laughter and conversation.
In many cases, seniors have a treasure trove of stories and a wealth of knowledge to share. They may have traveled extensively, held numerous jobs, raised families, or fought in wars, and nearly everybody has met interesting people.
There’s no question that after you work with seniors for an extended period, you can expect to look at life differently. Talking with seniors about their lives might even change or reinforce your own priorities.
Working with the elderly is unlike any other career you can pursue. It will give you the opportunity to be a part of a focused, committed team and allow you to use these specific talents and personality traits:
- Empathy: Being able to put yourself in the shoes of those who are older than you and who have different life experiences is important to building strong relationships with the people you work with.
- Respect: Everyone likes to feel heard and noticed. When working with seniors, it’s important to listen and ask questions.
- Optimism: Having a positive outlook is important when working with and helping seniors. Your optimism can also help improve their mental and physical health.
Lastly, it’s Fun! The people who work with seniors have a true appreciation for those in their charge. Rather than simply seeing impediments, caregivers enjoy the stories, experiences, and humor of the seniors they care for. They also enjoy the variety of activities and entertainment available. And I’m happy to be a part of it.