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5 reasons we love working with the elderly

Posted by cornwallcare on January 24, 2017

There are many benefits to working with the elderly. Not only is it an important job for our society, caring for our elders can be extremely rewarding and fulfilling too.

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We all hope to retire and live out our golden years in comfort, surrounded by friends and entertained by our favourite activities. After years of working, raising families and contributing to society, many of us look forward to settling back and watching the world go by. Caring for the elderly enables them to not worry about the things they cannot do anymore and celebrate the things that they can, not only supporting them in their care needs, but also providing them with a valued friend and confidant.

Here are our top 5 reasons why we love to work with the elderly:

  1. You really make a difference to their lives
  2. They appreciate your time and what you do for them
  3. It gives you some perspective
  4. You can learn from their experiences
  5. It’s fun!

You really make a difference to their lives 

For people with high levels of care needed, your support is invaluable. With proper, attentive and respectful care, you can ensure that they retain their dignity and independence during the latter stages of life. It’s a great accomplishment and feels highly rewarding, knowing that you have turned what could have been a really difficult day into a great one, full of laughter and fun activities.

They appreciate your time and what you do for them 

Your visit or time could be the highlight of someone’s day. Many elderly people look forward to their interactions with their care staff and your empathetic and friendly presence could mean the difference between a tough day and a good day. They are also often quite willing to show their gratitude. They appreciate your time and the work you do, and are often happy to compliment and thank you for good work.

It gives you some perspective

Working with the elderly gives you a valuable insight into the ageing process and what’s to come, giving you an opportunity to think about what matters most to you in life and how you will look after yourself as well as them. Every day you help people through struggles you may never have known about if you hadn’t been caring.

 

 

 

You can learn from their experiences

Most elderly people have lived full and fascinating lives. Not only do you learn from their experiences while you are with them, you can learn from their knowledge and stories as well. This is what people often say is the best thing about caring. Their memories can give you a wonderful insight into a different time and can help you to understand more about history as well as the human experience over time. They have a wealth of knowledge to share and lots of time to share it with you.

It’s fun!

Some people outside the care sector can think quite negatively about caring but we think working with the elderly can be really fun. There are regular activities to get involved in, some great events to enjoy, as well as some fantastic and funny people to work with.

Some of the stories and jokes you hear from the elderly can keep you laughing for hours and the greatest thing is that they are there to have a good time with you too. Time with them is not only valuable but it can be highly enjoyable too.

We applaud all of our care staff for their time and dedication to making the days of our clients the best they can be and would encourage more people to join us caring for the elderly. It is such a rewarding field to work in and, as the elderly population rises at an ever-faster rate, it is a vital one for our local communities and society.

If you are interested in starting a career in care or would like to join us working with the elderly, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Recruitment Team.

You can find more details about the vacancies we have by visiting our careers website, www.cornwallcarecareers.com.

We would welcome you to join us in caring for the elderly!

 

 

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