Caregiving Offers Fulfilling Career for Older Workers

Fulfilling retirement includes having activities which exercise your mind and body.  Many seniors decide to work part-time after they retire from a full-time career and working as a professional senior caregiver delivers fulfillment beyond a paycheck.

Opportunities exist to work as a part-time caregiver for senior home care agencies and assisted living communities.  Companion caregiving positions may only involve assisting with meal preparation, light housekeeping and offering companionship for someone experiencing memory loss.

The New York Times reported this week that the elderly are increasingly being taken care of by older workers.  Caregiving positions offer flexibility and provide the fulfillment of an emotional connection to the person you are caring for - this can be especially helpful for seniors who have lost friends or loved ones.

Older workers may also explore becoming a certified caregiver by taking a nursing aide course at a local nursing aide training school.  Sometimes tuition reimbursement programs, grants and scholarships are available.

Learn about the job description for senior caregivers and apply for a senior care position in your area.

Comments (2) -

  • Anne

    4/28/2010 4:58:35 AM | Reply

    I have also seen this article in NY times and what stood out to me was that seniors actually prefer someone older because it's easier for them to relate to that person.

  • RoryY

    4/29/2010 7:17:17 PM | Reply

    This is a great career opportunity for someone who may have left the workforce in order to raise a family and is now looking for employment. Taking time off in order to caretake may be a negative in many work environments, but not in senior caregiving. Also, it doesn't hurt that this is one employment sector that's booming! I'm thinking about becoming a certified CNA in order to take advantage.

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