Training For Better Senior Care

Imagine this. You’ve just gotten a new job, and while you’re excited, you realize as you walk out of the interview that you’ve never really had any experience in what you were just hired for.
Welcome to the world of senior care, one of the largest growing industries in North America, and one where a significant portion of the future job market lies. Like child care, the demand is high, and like child care the wages are low, and often people are not trained enough.
This is a serious issue because seniors are a vulnerable population and taking care of a senior is not the same as taking care of a child. Both child care and senior care are demanding work but in different ways and improper training can be devastating.
So what can we do to improve this situation?
Some places are offering more than just the basic training you get to take care of the elderly. In the Westerville franchise of Comfort Keepers, the practice is much more hands-on with their tiny house set out to mimic of what a senior’s residence is. It features things that you would typically find such as medication, a walking aid, a recliner, decorations, and other items. Trainees are taught within the home how to handle day-to-day activities such as moving around the house, folding laundry and showering. They are also trained to handle some of the minute details that are specific to seniors, such as being alone. This hands-on training is not just crucial, it’s life changing. Having a caregiver how knows how to properly take care of a vulnerable person such as a senior means fewer accidents, fewer injuries and less abuse.
Unfortunately, programs like these are still few and far between for both government and private industry, and along with lower wages for its workers, senior care is often a difficult subject to address.
The goal for the future needs to include better training and a better understanding of what seniors need ESPECIALLY since the goal for many seniors will be to stay in their own house as long as possible, and not everyone will have family they can rely on.
The demand for senior care is only expected to grow each year and training people on how to better care can only help in the long run. 

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