Even with the economic downturn, there continue to be openings for caregiving positions with Senior Home Care Agencies, Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities.
Why do there continue to be caregiver job openings?
One of the reasons is the aging population as the large Baby Boomer generation ages (the number of seniors over age 65 will double in the next 20 years) and their care needs develop as they grow older.
Lori Porter, a senior leader of the Coalition to Protect Senior Care says nursing facilities nationwide are challenged by staffing shortages, estimated to be at 110,000 for front line direct care workers in skilled nursing facilities. With 3 out of 4 nursing facility patients paid for by Medicare or Medicaid, sometimes the facilities only staff one nursing aide for as many as 15 patients. Because of this, there is high turnover by the aides as they often feel they cannot adequately keep up with the patient needs and become exhausted and frustrated. At the same time, nursing aides may continue their education and move to other positions on the staff.
Because Medicare does not pay for long-term care in a nursing facility, seniors are also opting for care in the home which has created a new industry in recent years. Senior Home Care Agencies provide professional care in the home and the caregiver provides care for just one client. Many nursing aides will choose to move to positions in senior home care after working at a nursing facility because they prefer to provide one-on-one care for a senior. Both long-term care insurance policies and the Veteran's Aide and Attendance benefit will pay for care in the home provided by a licensed senior care agency. Many senior care companies have launched to provide for this care, creating an entire industry in just the last 10 years.
Senior Home Care Agencies hire both part-time and full-time caregivers to accommodate client needs, as new clients can arrive daily as they are discharged from the hospital and choose to go to their own home to recover. In addition, many clients who develop memory loss will opt for home care to keep their meals, medications and personal care on track.
Caregiving positions may require specific training and usually a Senior Home Care Agency can assist caregivers with obtaining training through their own programs our through community programs. Certified Nursing AIde classes are offered by community colleges and technical colleges and usually can be completed in 6 to 8 weeks, depending on if they are full or part-time programs. Background and reference checks are required to work with seniors.
You may submit a job application on Caregiverlist to be connected with hiring senior care companies in your area.
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