Is a Career in Aging Right for You?

The population of older adults is growing faster than ever in the United States. In fact, the Census Bureau predicts that by the year 2035, older adults will outnumber children for the first time in U.S. history.

This means there’s a high demand for caregivers and other professions that work with the elderly. Careers in Aging Week is celebrated in March to bring greater awareness and visibility to the wide variety of career opportunities available in this field.

Providence Life Services has a number of openings available for compassionate, empathetic people who feel called to serve others. All of our current openings are listed on our website, www.WorkAtProvidence.com, and just a few are highlighted below:

Dietary Aide/Dining Server

Are you conscientious, with an eye for detail, and love bringing a little “surprise and delight” into people’s day? A job as a dietary aide or dining server would be great for you! We pride ourselves on making mealtimes something special to look forward to. This position is a great way for a high school graduate to get their foot in the door to a wide range of future opportunities. Providence Life Services believes in investing in people, often promoting from within our organization.

Resident Aide and Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

Many Providence employees say the best part of their day is interacting with residents – sharing a laugh or learning from their wisdom. As an aide or CNA, you’ll be a trusted partner in our residents’ daily lives, helping assist with tasks like toileting, bathing, and daily grooming. You’ll help our residents participate in life enriching recreational and social activities. And most importantly, you’ll become an extension of each resident’s family, making sure that their loved one receives the same care and treatment that you would want for your parent or grandparent.

Registered Nurse (RN) and Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Do you like learning about a wide range of topics and working as part of a team? The field of geriatrics is highly interdisciplinary – meaning you’ll get to do a little bit of everything. Physicians will count on you as their “eyes and ears” to monitor any changes in your residents’ care needs. It’s also an opportunity to grow your leadership skills, as you’ll provide direction to your CNA partners. And families will often look to you for education and guidance on their loved one’s condition and future care plan.

Home Health and Private Duty Caregiver

If you’re the kind of person who enjoys working independently, and who values creating a meaningful relationship with your patients, then a job with our Providence at Home division might be right for you. We have opportunities for both nurses and CNAs to work with clients directly in their home environment. This often means you and your patient can interact more informally and build a personal relationship that may not otherwise exist in a formal hospital setting. Many nurses find it rewarding to teach patients self-care techniques and enable them to regain independence.

Did You Know?

We have many part-time Registry/PRN openings available for nursing and aide positions. This means you’ll fill in and cover shifts for other caregivers. (PRN stands for a Latin phrase, pro re nata, which means “as the situation demands.”) Many people like the flexibility that comes with a registry position – you can set your own schedule and only work when you want to work, giving you the option to work around childcare needs or other obligations.

If a career in aging sounds right for you, visit our Careers website at www.WorkAtProvidence.com to see our current listing of openings!

We asked Terri Maxeiner, Vice President of Providence Solutions, to share her story of what inspired her to choose a career in geriatric care management: