The long term care industry one of the largest growing employment fields in the United States. This is by in large due to our rapidly aging population. The Administration on Aging predict that by 2030, one in five Americans will be over age 65. The sheer number of seniors who will require services in the future mean careers in the senior living industry will be plentiful.
Here are a list of some of the main jobs at assisted living communities. Note that some communities may have different names for these positions.
Executive Director: Runs the community and is the most senior staff member
Caregivers: Provide hands on care such as assistance with activities of daily living
Medical Director: A doctor or nurse who oversees all medical aspects of the community and care plans for the residents
Nurse: Some assisted living communities have nurses on staff at all times, while other only have nurses on staff part time
Medical Technicians: Staff members who can dispense medicines but do not have the qualifications of a nurse
Marketing director: Helps spread the word about the community and finds new residents
Activity directors: Plans activities and events at the community
Therapists (i.e. physical, occupational, speech): Certified professionals who work with residents to improve their level of functioning
Head chef & cooks: Responsible for planning and preparing meals for all residents
Wait staff: Serve residents food at mealtimes
Driver: Drives residents to scheduled appointments, or drives a community bus or van to events
Technology/computer expert: Maintain computers and other digital technologies
Facilities director: Responsible for maintaining the building and assuring safety standards are met
Groundskeeper: Manages and oversees landscaping of the community