Congratulations to senior caregiver Jessica Parel, the 2013 CAHSAH (California Association for Health Services at Home) Joan Baier Garland Home Care Nursing Scholarship Winner!
Jessica shared with CAHSAH conference attendees that she at first had diffculty finding her path in life. However, she then experienced the loss of both of her grandparents who passed away while in hospice care. This gave her the inspiration to become a senior caregiver and then to begin studies to pursue a degree as a registered nurse.
"I believe I need my clients more than they need me," says Ms. Parel. Her experience as a senior caregiver has fueled her passion and drive, she says.
Caring for seniors definitely delivers value beyond a paycheck, as senior caregivers enjoy the wisdom seniors are able to share from a lifetime of experiences.
As the senior care industry continues to expand, in order to meet the care needs of our growing senior population (10,000 seniors turn age 65 each day), senior care companies hire new caregivers each week.
Become a professional senior caregiver by taking an online caregiver training course and apply for a part-time or full-time senior caregiving job near your home on Caregiverlist.com. You may also want to pursue advanced training, just as Jessica Parel is doing, to continue to grow your career in the senior healthcare industry. Many senior care companies will assist with tuition reimbursement for becoming a certified nursing aide, or you may have an opportunity to win a scholarship, just as Jessica Parel did at this year's California home care conference.
Congratulations and gratitude to Jessica for advancing the benefits that come with working as a professional senior caregiver.