From Retired to Hired

Posted: 4/4/2022 1:48 PM by Interim HealthCare
Active Seniors Find Fulfilling Second Careers in Homecare

So, you finally retired. You had the cake, the party, and you were recognized for your many years of hard work. Now it’s finally time to do what you want to do–travel, spend time with grandchildren…the sky is the limit!

But what happens when you’ve checked everything off your bucket list? Or, maybe you need a little extra money to fund your bucket list. 

If you’re looking for a way to put your talents, professional experience, and passion for helping others to good use, you may want to consider a second career in home care services.

Why is there such a demand for home healthcare workers?
According to a recent article in US News, the elderly population is expected to grow rapidly in the next 10 to 20 years. However, this generation of seniors is choosing to grow old differently–they’re staying in their own homes as long as possible rather than making the move to a nursing home or assisted living facility. 

Aging in place certainly has benefits. But for most, there will still come a time when daily tasks like cooking or getting dressed become difficult to do on your own or you need help manage an illness or recovering from a surgery or injury. 

As the number of people growing old in their homes increases, so will the demand for compassionate and caring people who can take care of them as part of their homecare team. 

How retired people make a difference in homecare
Just because you’re retired doesn’t mean you don’t have something to contribute to society. When you think about it, there isn’t anyone better equipped to understand the needs of their neighbors than a retired individual. 
  • Retired people can use past experiences to help others
    Many retired people have cared for a loved one at some point in their life. Your past experiences as a caregiver for a spouse, sibling, or parent can be very valuable, especially if your role on the homecare team is to serve as a home health aid or companion to patients.

     
  • Healthcare experience is helpful, but not required
    Maybe you’re a retired licensed healthcare worker who would like to pick up a couple of shifts every now and then. Or maybe you’re a nurturing person, who never really worked in healthcare at all. If you are caring, compassionate, and reliable, there are opportunities for you to help in home care.

     
  • It’s a way to keep your physical health in top shape
    Working in a patient’s home does require light physical activity. Instead of lounging in your recliner all day, you could find yourself assisting with tasks like bathing, getting a patient dressed, or helping transfer patients to and from the bed, chair, or toilet. Being a caregiver keeps you active, which will help keep you healthy, too. 

     
  • Help keep your mind sharp
    Too much downtime can have a negative impact on your mental health. By getting up and working with patients every day, you’ll use the critical-thinking part of your brain. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn new things every day, which will help you stay sharp as you age.

     
  • Provide a sense of purpose and fulfillment
    Perhaps the most important reason for leaving retirement behind to pursue a second career in home care is the purpose and fulfillment you will find in making a difference in the lives of people that need you most. Having a sense of purpose and staying connected socially is an important part of retirement. Using your time and talents to help others each day will give you a reason to feel good about yourself, and you’ll likely be a happier person because of it.
How can I be qualified for a career in home care when I’m retired?
For most positions, CPR and first aid training are typically required and all home care workers must have a valid driver’s license. You’ll typically spend some time with experienced home care workers to learn the skills needed and how to handle certain situations before working on your own in a patient’s home. But to have a successful and fulfilling career in home care, you will mostly need to have a heart for caring for the elderly and the drive to continue to find fulfillment in retirement.

Ready to make a difference in retirement?
If you’re an active older adult who is looking for a way to make a difference during retirement, and if you’d like to earn some extra money doing it, a career in home healthcare might be a great fit for you.

Check out Interim HealthCare’s career opportunities today.