Some employment opportunities at senior living facilities include work as nursing staff, care providers, dining staff, sales staff and management positions, according to job ads in SeniorHousingJobs.com and Sunrise Senior Living. The Assisted Living Federation of America reports that demand for long-term care workers continues to increase, as of 2015.
Job ads posted by Senior Housing Jobs and Sunrise Senior Living show examples of some of the duties and responsibilities of long-term care workers. For example, care providers provide non-medical care to seniors and adults with disabilities. Duties might include housekeeping, meal preparation, medication reminders and assistance with bathing, toilet use and mobility. Employment as a cook in a long-term care facility differs from that at an ordinary restaurant. For example, cooks at a health care facility must help ensure that meals meet special nutritional and dietary requirements, such as textured food and therapeutic diets. There are also customized menus and production sheets to follow, as well as careful record keeping.
As the American population ages and the workforce shrinks, it becomes more difficult to fill long-term care jobs, according to ALFA. Home health care-related services alone are projected to grow to about 1.7 million jobs by 2019. Therefore, there is a need to exert more effort to recruit, train and keep long-term care workers.