Work In Assisted Living Facilities

Work In Assisted LivingEver thought about working in a senior living facility?  Ever wonder what it might be like?  We found a great video detailing what it's like to work in assisted living facilities.  The people that work in assisted living facilities are dedicated, caring individuals that are doing a great service for our aging loved ones while making a living doing so.  I know what you're thinking, and yes we've all heard horror stories… But for the most part this group of dedicated professionals provides love and care all day (and all night) long.

What is Assisted Living?

An assisted living residence or assisted living facility (ALF) is a housing facility for people with disabilities. These facilities provide supervision or assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs); coordination of services by outside health care providers; and monitoring of resident activities to help to ensure their health, safety, and well-being. – Wikipedia

Assisted Living Facts and Figures

  • Number of U.S. assisted living communities: 31,100
  • Number of apartments: 475,500
  • Number of residents: 735,000
  • Average length of stay: 36 months
  • Percentage of residents that receive help with three or more ADLs: 40%

*Source: National Center for Assisted Living

Work In Assisted Living Facilities

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  1. I have never worked directly in assisted living, but being poor from the age of 9-10 I cared for both my mother and grandmother until it was too much for me and school, so we moved her to a nursing home. From 10-13 I’d walk about two miles to visit my grandmother through a bad neighborhood, volunteering where I could, till her death. In all that time till I was 30 (two years ago) I’d been my mother’s home health aid till her death. I’m now 32 and lost as to what to do. Would working in assisted living (not nursing preferably, I can’t handle anymore death of people I’m close to) be something I should look into?
    1. I just started working at one, there will be trips to the emergency room. And it can break you. If you aren’t ready for that. perhaps being a volunteer might be a better start for you.
  2. Are staff at senior living communities in California required to speak English if they are working directly with residents?
    1. you should contact your state law advisory. I am sure they provide language comforts. What is your concern involving this particular question? Are you concerned the staff won’t speak english or concerned that the customer would need someone with ability to speak their language?
  3. My mother is getting to a point where she can’t take care of herself. Thanks for the advice about how you can assess your relative’s medical situation by consulting a geriatric-care manager. Hopefully, we can find out what would be best for my mother. In the meantime, I’ll have to see about possible finding an adult daycare center.
  4. You stated that the number of U.S. assisted living communities is 31,100. Do most of these communities have different levels of care that they provide? My cousin has always wanted to help people and is trying to decide what career she wants to pursue. It appears that this could be a good career for her.
    1. It really varies by job responsibility Jennie. In the case of an assisted living facility in Colorado, you should really call one to see what’s available.

      Here’s what I found at:

      Colorado Assisted Living Staffing Requirements

      In Colorado, it is required that staffing must be adequate to meet the needs of the residents. In Adult Congregate Living, the staffing ratio is one to six. Facility operators must be at least 21 years old and meet the minimum educational, training, and work experience standards in one of these areas; completing a Department of Public Health approved program or having documented job-related experience or education. The department may require additional training so that all required components of the training curriculum are met. Administrators must have the equivalent of 30 hours of training in 15 required topics, and 15 hours of training relating to the needs of residents served by the facility. Staff will be given on-the-job training, or have work-related experience.

      Before providing direct care, the facility must provide training on specific needs of the population served; resident rights; first aid and injury response, and procedures for providing lift assistance; care and services for current residents; and the facility’s medication administration program. Within one month of hire the facility must provide training on assessment skills; infection control; identifying and dealing with difficult situations and behaviors; and health emergency response. There must be one staff member at all times certified in adult first aid.

  5. Everything is very open with a precise description of the issues. It was really informative. Your site is extremely helpful. Thanks for sharing!
  6. I am actually thinking of working in an assisted living facility. I’ve always had a special place in my heart for old people. I would love to help them out. Thanks for the facts and figures that you posted. With that many assisted living communities, I should be able to get a job.
  7. I think it is so important to have the assisted living facilities well run and well kept. I love the fact that we have such an emphasis on taking care of our elderly. I would like to learn more about work opportunities with assisted living homes.

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