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Everything You Need to Know About a Career in Senior Living

As the population of seniors continues to grow, the demand for qualified professionals in senior living is increasing. 

A career in senior living can be rewarding and fulfilling whether you’re just starting your career or looking for a change. 

However, to begin your career at a senior living community, really think about if you are passionate about caring for the elderly, have the proper skills and qualifications for the position you’re interested in, and are emotionally resilient.

If this sounds like you, you may be interested in learning about the benefits of a career in senior living and career growth opportunities.

Read on to learn more about a career in senior living and how you can become a part of the Kensington Redondo Beach family.

Why passion is important in your career

A passion for working with seniors is an essential consideration for anyone considering a career in senior living. It can be incredibly rewarding, but it can also be challenging. 

Seniors have unique needs that often require specialized care. This care requires compassion, empathy, and patience. 

A caregiver or team member who is passionate about working with seniors is more likely to provide the best care possible. 

This is why we ensure our team members love our residents and their jobs at The Kensington Redondo Beach. 

Working in senior living involves building relationships with seniors. A passion for working with seniors means that you genuinely care about them and are interested in their lives. This interest helps build trust, which is essential in providing quality care. 

Many seniors in senior living communities require more than just physical care. They may need emotional support or someone to talk to. 

It can be emotionally challenging when working with seniors with health issues or memory loss. Having a passion for working with seniors helps you manage these difficult situations more effectively. 

Your empathy and compassion can help you provide the emotional support they need. 

Passion is contagious, and having a passion for working with seniors can help promote a positive work environment, which we strive to do in our senior living communities.

Benefits of a career in senior living 

When you choose a career in senior living, not only do you get to help seniors live their best lives, but you can also enjoy the many benefits that come with working in this field. 

A career with a purpose

One of the most significant benefits of working at a senior living community is that you get to make a difference in seniors’ lives. 

You can help them stay active, healthy, and happy by helping them engage in life-enrichment activities and socialization.

Building relationships with residents 

Working at a senior living community allows you to build relationships with residents and other team members. 

These relationships can be meaningful and can make your work more enjoyable. 

The relationships you form with residents is so special that some of our team members at The Kensington Redondo Beach have said “it’s like I’ve been given dozens of grandparents.” 

This is likely because our resident’s are genuinely interested in our team members lives, have met their children, and offered them wisdom and advice. 

The bond with you share with team members will be intimate, as you grieve together, celerbrate life milestones with residents together, and share the same goal, which is caring for senior’s. 

Opportunities for personal and professional growth 

The Kensington Redondo Beach offers many opportunities for personal and professional growth. Whether you want to advance in your career or learn new skills, opportunities are available to you to further your education and training. 

We offer paid annual training and in-services to help improve your skill-set in care to include: 

  • PAC Dementia Skills 
  • Residents Rights
  • Proper Lifting Techniques
  • ADL Care
  • Physio and Psychosocial Needs
  • Bloodborne Pathogens & Infection Control Practices
  • Emergency & Active Shooter Trainings

Competitive salaries and job security 

Many senior living communities, including The Kensington Redondo Beach, offer their employees competitive salaries and benefits packages. 

These packages can include health insurance, retirement plans, and paid time off. At The Kensington, our team can also access employee assistance programs and complimentary lunches and dinners. 

The demand for senior living professionals is growing, which means that job security is high in this field. In the healthcare field, you can bet on peace of mind about the stability of your career. 

Flexible work schedule 

Senior living communities often offer flexible work schedules to accommodate the needs of their employees. 

This can be especially beneficial for those with family responsibilities or other obligations. 

Positive work environment 

Working at The Kensington Redondo Beach is a positive and uplifting experience. We carry out our promise for residents to our team members as well—to treat them as if they were our own family. 

You’ll be surrounded by caring and compassionate colleagues who share your passion for helping seniors. 

What skills are essential for a career in senior living?

A career in senior living requires a unique set of skills and qualifications that are essential to providing high-quality care for seniors.

Some of these include: 

  • Compassion and empathy 
  • Effective communication skills 
  • Patience and understanding 
  • Attention to detail 
  • Physical fitness
  • Problem-solving skills 
  • Time management skills

Depending on the position you are applying for, you may need additional education, skills, and training. For instance, nurses will need specialized education and certifications.

If you’re interested in one of the positions at The Kensington Redondo Beach, we can discuss which qualifications or type of training you will need to fulfill the position. 

Become part of a team that feels like family 

The Kensington Redondo Beach is an assisted living and memory care community that offers our residents a place to truly age in place. 

If you want to help seniors live high-quality lives, socialize, heal through rehabilitation, and maintain their health, consider one of our employment opportunities. 

Our Promise is to love and care for our residents as we do our own, and we extend this promise to our team. 

Benefits The Kensington offers team members include: 

  • Competitive salaries
  • Health, Life, 401K & Other Benefits starting at 32hrs/wk
  • Generous paid time off
  • Employee assistance program 
  • Complimentary lunches & dinners

Check out our blog to learn more about our communities, services, employment opportunities, volunteer positions, and upcoming events

Contact our manager of team member services to schedule a job interview and learn about job opportunities.

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