Jobs and Careers - Hilary Devey 2012 - (Page 78)
Care for another?
IT’S NOT ONLY CHILDREN THAT NEED CARING FOR, THERE’S A GROWING DEMAND TO LOOK AFTER PEOPLE IN THEIR OLD AGE, TOO…
hether we like it or not, growing old is part of life – that said, it doesn’t necessarily make it any easier if heath or mobility begins to fail. It’s for this reason that having a stable support network around us as we grow older is so important; and one that’s not limited to just friends or family either. This is where the senior care sector comes in. Caring for the elderly (otherwise known as senior care) forms an integral part of the care industry, especially so when the UK’s ever-increasing ageing population is taken into account: by 2030, it is predicted that the number of people over the age of 80 will reach almost six million; and by 2050, one in four of the UK population will be aged 65 or over. Growing a career in senior care, then, could certainly provide longevity (everyone gets old after all!). However, it’s not only an eye to the future that makes senior care a worthwhile career option. Just like any venture in care, working in this industry will help you make an important and signiﬁcant diﬀerence to peoples' lives – and while this can prove hugely rewarding and give you a great sense of satisfaction, it’s not a career that is without its challenges. Dedicating your time to those who need your help requires commitment to your patients’ welfare and, in some cases, a large dose of patience with your patients, too!
VARIED CAREER OPTIONS
Senior care facilities exist in a variety of environments, which makes it a versatile avenue. For instance, if you’re the kind of person that enjoys being out and about in the community, there are opportunities to visit the elderly in their homes (although you’ll need a clean driving licence to do so, of course). It’s worthwhile, therefore, investigating which senior care set-up would suit you most. The main settings in which senior care is provided are outlined below:
Residential care homes
allow the elderly to live independently in a monitored environment.
Nursing care homes
are for older people with medical or health needs.
Home care is designed
for those living in their home, but who need assistance to live independently.
provide activities for older people during the weekdays to relieve family or friends.
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YOUR SENIOR CARE CAREER
Rehabilitation and rehab
services offer short-term support to an older person who is either ill or injured.
Duty Care Workers or Care Assistants are responsible for providing care for senior patients. This can vary from helping them dress and eat, to administering medication (if you are qualiﬁed to do so); other duties may include helping nursing staﬀ lift bedridden patients, ensuring
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Jobs and Careers - Hilary Devey 2012
The home office
Dress to impress
The woman at the top
Your guide to education
What do you mean?
The thrill of the search
Let’s get medical
Caring and sharing
A senior moment?
Keeping it clean
Home sweet home
Constructing a career
As good as new
A bright spark!
Bank on it
Insure your career
Don’t sell yourself short
Food for thought
Hilary Devey Q&A
Jobs and Careers - Hilary Devey 2012