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New Year, New Career: Considering a Career in Senior Living

Posted by HarborChase on Jan 8, 2021 8:00:00 AM | 4 minute read

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The new year is a time for new beginnings, growth, change, and goals—both personal and professional. Maybe you feel like you’re in a rut from sitting at a desk day in and day out, maybe you’re tired of working with people who are too similar to you, or maybe you just don’t feel fulfilled and are longing to make an impact.

Whatever your reason, starting a new career can be intimidating, overwhelming and leave you feeling lost and unsure of where to start. While thinking and researching your new career path, we encourage you to consider the senior living industry. It may not be the most traditional career path, and it may not even have crossed your mind as an option, but in reality, the senior living industry is a great place to work and make a difference. And no, it’s not just for caregivers! 

HarborChase Senior Living offers independent living, assisted living, and memory care services throughout the United States. We want to take a moment and share some of the benefits of not only working in the senior living industry but of working at HarborChase communities so that the next time you contemplate a career change, senior living is a top contender! 

Who Can Work in Senior Living? 

If you don’t work in healthcare, it can be easy to dismiss senior living as a career option, assuming that there are only opportunities for caregivers or nurse practitioners. This couldn’t be further from the truth! Yes, senior living communities do need care partners and other licensed professionals, but there are a lot more roles that go into making these communities the engaging, home-like neighborhoods that they are. 

At Harbor Retirement Associates, our luxury communities more closely resemble high-end resorts. We require a diverse group of people to keep our residents and guests engaged, happy, and safe. 

Some positions you may find at a HarborChase community include: 

  • Housekeeper 
  • Bartender 
  • Move-In Coordinator 
  • Cooks and Waitstaff 
  • Dietary Aid and Nutritionist 
  • Activity Director and Aid 
  • Salon Consultants and Cosmetologist 
  • Driver 
  • Maintenance and Utility Technician  
  • And Much More! 

What Can You Expect From Working in Senior Living? 

Working in senior living can be a challenging experience but also gratifying in so many ways. Here’s a look at some of the rewards you can expect from participating in this meaningful industry. 

Make a Difference Every Day

The mission of HarborChase and senior living, in general, is to improve the lives of older adults through care, engagement, and community. By working in a senior living community, you’ll get the first-hand opportunity to see the difference you can make in someone’s life. Whether you help them bathe and dress, assist them with a fitness activity, or serve them a meal or a drink, you are positively impacting their life. 

As remarkable as this already is, it can become even more touching when the individuals you work with give you their most sincere gratitude and appreciation. There’s nothing quite like someone telling you how much they appreciate you or that your presence in a bright spot in their day. Eventually, your daily interactions with residents and families will turn into deep, meaningful relationships. These emotional connections will be something you’ll cherish forever. 

Security and Growth

A career in senior living will have much more stability in the ever-evolving economic landscape than certain fast-changing industries like technology or retail. This consistency, plus the fact that America’s population is aging and the number of adults over 65 is expected to double by 2060, means that the senior living industry will grow rapidly, creating millions of jobs. Working in this stable and valuable industry can provide longevity, growth opportunities, and invaluable skills. 

Benefits With HarborChase 

At Harbor Retirement Associates, we take special pride in our employees and associates. Comprehensive training, etiquette courses, and peer reviews combine with excellent benefits and employee rewards to create job satisfaction like any other. Our benefits include medical, dental, and vision, as well as 401(K) options and education assistance. 

We’ve also begun offering a daily pay option, as we recognize the challenges caused by the pandemic and are willing to help in whatever way we can. 

Set New Career Goals This Year with HarborChase 

This year, whether you are looking to begin your career, switch your career, or further your career, we encourage you to consider senior living! Working at a senior living community like HarborChase will ensure that you’re not only making a difference in the lives of others but a difference in your own life, as well. 


For more information on careers at Harbor Retirement Associates, see our open positions or contact a member of our team!

Topics: Care Partners, HarborChase Senior Living

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