Senior Living facilities include assisted living facilities (ALF), long term care (LTC), and long term acute care (LTAC). Working at Senior Living Facilities means you’ll be caring for some of the most vulnerable patients including the frail, the cognitively impaired, and those without involved family members nearby. Newly licensed RNs will often need to start their careers at a nursing home, as hospitals have become more reluctant to hire inexperienced bedside nurses. Consider gaining a few years of experience before seeking out a more specialized role.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of adults 65 and older will double between 2012 and 2050 to nearly 84 million people. The aging-in-place movement is picking up traction as the number of older adults increase, yet for many elderly people aging at home will not be a viable option. Because of this, it’s expected that job opportunities in senior living facilities are set to increase.
Unfortunately, during recent years nursing homes have been stigmatized. This is a result of media investigations uncovering cases of neglect, elder abuse, and even assault. This stigmatization and the resulting reluctance of elderly people and their families are just some of the reasons that nursing homes need compassionate, dedicated nurses who will stand up and advocate for their patients.
There Are Several Ways In Which A Senior Living Job May Differ From A Bedside Nursing Job In A Hospital.