Careers in Caregiving: The Many Benefits of Caring for Older Adults

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Home Instead shares the rewards that make caregiving an ideal career

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10,000 people turn 65 every day in the United States. At this rate, the number of older adults will more than double over the next several decades to more than 88 million, representing more than 20% of the population by 2050. This is why the role of a caregiver is more important than ever.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a divergent effect on today’s workforce, driving many businesses to downsize or close, while others have increased temporary hiring efforts to meet seasonal demand. One industry has experienced accelerated growth, with permanent job opportunities expected to surge in the near future: in-home care.

In-home caregiving is a rewarding career experience that has become increasingly important during the pandemic, as staying home remains one of the safest places for older adults. The role of a caregiver is to offer supportive care to older adults by providing companionship and conversation, performing light housekeeping, preparing meals, running errands and assisting with transportation and personal care needs. Many qualities and skills developed in other jobs carry over seamlessly into caregiving responsibilities, such as being reliable, attentive and a strong communicator.

“Caregivers are able to make a direct, positive impact in someone’s life every single day, making the hard work and dedication well worth it,” said Lakelyn Hogan, Ph.D., gerontologist and caregiver advocate at Home Instead. “In return, caregiving can offer a deep sense of purpose in your career by helping others age with dignity in the comfort and safety of their own home.”

In addition to providing purpose, caregiving offers reliable employment and will for years to come, as the senior population continues to grow. According to a study by AARP and FP Analytics, 10,000 people turn 65 every day in the United States. At this rate, the number of older adults will more than double over the next several decades to more than 88 million, representing more than 20% of the population by 2050.

This is why the role of a caregiver is more important than ever. People who are patient, have a passion for helping others and an interest in interacting with older adults could find caregiving to be the perfect job. Hogan outlines a few of the benefits of working in the home care industry.

  • Flexible schedule. Caregiving requires dedication to best serve care recipients; however, caregivers can oftentimes arrange for flexible schedules that work well with other commitments such as attending school or raising children. The accommodating schedule also makes this a great job for retirees.
  • Professional and personal growth. To be a caregiver, no prior medical experience is necessary. This career provides ongoing training opportunities to gain a variety of skills and experience. In addition, it teaches important values such as time management, organization and communication skills that can be a benefit in both personal and professional life.
  • Opportunity to learn from an older generation and build relationships. Caring for members of the aging population offers the ability to form connections with people from different backgrounds and generations. It also allows the caregiver to develop deeper bonds with these individuals, especially during these difficult times. In the time spent together, older adults can share their decades of experience, wisdom and valuable advice with their caregivers.
  • A rewarding experience. Caregivers work with a wide variety of care recipients, each with their own unique needs. Working to identify a care plan and helping your care recipient maintain some of their independence and achieve their best quality of life as they age is a very meaningful and joyous experience.

COVID-19 has proven that in-home care is an invaluable service that can help protect older adults and keep them safe in difficult times. Being a caregiver is a meaningful labor of love and one of the most personally rewarding roles a person can play in their lifetime.

If you’re interested in pursuing a fulfilling career, while making a difference in the lives of older adults, than caregiving is for you. For more information on what it takes to be a caregiver and how to become one yourself, visit http://www.homeinstead.com/careers.

ABOUT HOME INSTEAD
Founded in 1994 in Omaha, Nebraska, the Home Instead® franchise network provides personalized care, support and education to enhance the lives of aging adults and their families. Today, the network is the world's leading provider of in-home care services for older adults, with more than 1,200 independently owned and operated franchises that provide more than 80 million hours of care annually throughout the United States and 13 other countries. Local Home Instead offices employ approximately 90,000 CAREGivers℠ worldwide who provide basic support services that enable older adults to live safely and comfortably in their own homes for as long as possible. Home Instead franchise owners partner with clients and their family members to help meet varied individual needs. Services span the care continuum – from providing personal care to specialized Alzheimer’s care and hospice support. Also available are family caregiver education and support resources. Visit HomeInstead.com. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Dan Wieberg
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