Radiant Voices: Luz, Caregiver

As a part of a series on the people who choose to work in senior living, we are sharing our full interviews with those senior living employees that have been featured on the RadiantVoices Instagram feed. Follow along on Instagram to see more stories from Senior Living team members.

Meet Luz, Caregiver | RadiantCareers.com

Luz is a caregiver at Emerald Gardens Assisted & Memory Care in Woodburn, Oregon. She has been caregiving for ten years.

My Senior Living Story – Caregiver

What made you look into caregiving as a career?

“I just like dealing with the elderly. I have a passion for them. I guess I never had a grandpa or grandma, so that made me choose this route.”

Do you have a moment in the last ten years that you realized that caregiving is for sure something you want to do?

“Yeah! I actually did a couple of years ago. You know you get to a point where you get frustrated at times and I said, ‘Do I really want to keep doing this? Or do I really don’t want to keep doing this?’ and I came to… I really DO want to keep doing this. And, everything changed in me.”

Do you have a favorite resident from over the years?

“I do. I was pregnant with my youngest son. She just loved it that I was pregnant. She cared for me, and up to the day she died, she still remembered my son’s name. I still remember her every day.”

Luz, you’ve been caregiving for ten years now, so you have a lot of great advice to share. If someone were looking for a job and were considering caregiving, what traits do you think they need to have?

“First of all, have patience! Have passion for these elderly people. And, be with a great attitude. There are days that you have to fake it. There are days when things happen out there, but you come in here and you have to be with a positive attitude. You cannot be without a positive attitude because it’ll ruin their day, and you don’t want that.”


Senior Living Jobs

Posted on 23Jan

The Senior Living Industry is unique because it includes a balance of hospitality, residential housing, and healthcare. Senior living jobs are focused in those areas. Due to an aging population with care needs, jobs in senior living are also well-suited to become stable and rewarding careers.

Four General Types of Senior Living Jobs

When it comes to available positions, senior living communities may vary in their titles and roles. State regulations, community size, and/or company brand standards may also dictate the title of a role in senior living. Read on to learn about some of the potential roles that one may find in a senior living company.

Management

While some of the management positions fall within the other categories below, there are management positions that are solely responsible for the operation and sales for the community. The operations and sales managers of a senior living company usually have a combination of education and experience. In addition to education and experience, the head manager, usually called the Administrator or Executive Director, is required to have licensing from the state that they are working in when working in Assisted Living, Residential Care Facilities, Memory Care, or Skilled Nursing communities.

Some of the management titles of these roles include:

  • Executive Director
  • Manager
  • Administrator
  • Assistant Administrator
  • Human Resources Director
  • Business Office Manager
  • Sales Manager
  • Community Relations Director
  • Accounts Payable

Care

The care employees of a senior living company directly participate in the health and well-being of residents. Entry-level care positions are perfect for one who wants to get their foot in the door of health care. Entry level positions often offer on-the-job training with a pathway for continued training and job development. Other healthcare positions require licensure, such as a Licensed Nurse or Certified Nursing Assistant.

Some of the titles of a care role in senior living include:

  • Caregiver
  • Medication Assistant/ Med Tech
  • Resident Care Coordinator
  • CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant)
  • LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse)
  • RN Consultant (Registered Nurse)
  • Resident Care Manager
  • Physical Therapist

Types of Senior Living Jobs | RadiantCareers.com

Life Enrichment

One of the major benefits of residential living is that the residents have ample opportunity and choice for things like meals, activities, wellness, and entertainment. Typically, there are entry-level, experienced, and management roles within this category.

Some of the titles of a life enrichment role in senior living include:

  • Activities Assistant
  • Life Enrichment Director/ Activities Director / Health & Wellness Coordinator
  • Server
  • Bus Driver
  • Cook
  • Receptionist
  • Dining Services Manager
  • Dietician

Environmental Services

Like an apartment or hotel, a care community needs regular upkeep, repairs, maintenance, and landscaping. Team members working in the environmental services area of senior living will be a part of their residents’ lives by taking care of the overall environment. Positions in environmental services vary from entry-level to skilled.

Some of the titles of an environmental services role in senior living include:

  • Director of Environmental Services/ Maintenance Director
  • Housekeeper
  • Maintenance Tech
  • Landscaper

Senior Living Corporations

Types of Senior Living Jobs | RadiantCareers.comTypes of Senior Living Jobs | RadiantCareers.comSome senior living companies have multiple locations. When there are multiple locations, there is usually additional support for the communities in the form of a corporate home office. A senior living home office will have additional career opportunities.

Possible titles of senior living corporations:

  • Chief Executives (CEO, COO, CFO, CMO)
  • Vice Presidents (VP of Operations, VP of Sales & Marketing, etc.)
  • Director positions in areas of Life Enrichment, Environmental Services, Operations, Clinical Services, Dietary Services, Human Resources, and Marketing
  • Accountants
  • Payroll
  • Accounts Payable
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Administrative Support Positions
  • Marketing Roles (Social Media and Marketing Specialist, Graphic Designer, etc.)
  • Clinical Support Positions

As you can see, there are many opportunities in the senior living industry to fit a variety of interests and skills. The one thing that truly sets those who are successful in senior living apart from those who are not is their passion for resident care.

Do you work in senior living? If so, what role did you start out with and where are you now? We’d love to know in the comments!


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